FC Wichita ready for the playoffs

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The third season starts on Wednesday night at Trinity Academy Stadium.

You have your NPSL regular season and the US Open Cup tournament. Those are two different environments, rule sets and impacts. Now it’s a different type of world as the NPSL Playoffs are underway.

Your FC Wichita men’s club finished first in the Heartland Conference with 22 points and will be the No. 1 overall seed in the Heartland playoffs. They’re 14th of 98 NPSL clubs.

FC Wichita and Saint Louis split their regular season matches with both teams winning at home. FC Wichita held a 1-0 lead in Saint Louis before going a man down and falling in added time. It was the other way in their first match on May 12 as FC Wichita trailed multiple times before securing a lead before halftime, winning 4-2.

The first round has been good to the boys in red. They beat Dallas City last season 3-2 in a game where FC Wichita trailed 2-1 at the half.

Both teams have qualified for the playoffs for a couple of weeks but Saint Louis backed into the playoffs. They were blitzed by Demize NPSL two weeks ago and had to fight hard to beat the winless Ozark FC last week in Rogers, Arksansas.

Saint Louis, still in their first season in the NPSL is right in the thick of things. They’ve qualified for the playoffs and now they have their striker CheVaughn Walsh back into match form. He’s played the full 90 in their last two matches. He leads Saint Louis in scoring with five goals this season, third most in the Heartland Conference.

Ricardo Garza is listed as the head manager for Saint Louis. He’s was the head coach at Jefferson College, a junior college near Saint Louis before coming to take over Club Atletico.

If FC Wichita beats Saint Louis, they’ll host the winner of the Little Rock-Tulsa match, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as well. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Academy Stadium on Saturday, July 14 if necessary.

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