Rivalries can divide soccer fans over many factors, but nothing makes for a more fiery encounter than when two teams from the same area face off against one another. These games are even more intense when they happen in tournaments, and that’s exactly what could happen if Liverpool FC - Michigan Central Academy takes on Midwest United in the U13 Boys Division at the 2019 Super Y League Finals.
Liverpool and Midwest United are separated by roughly a two-hour drive, and there’s no love lost between the two local rivals. Both call the state of Michigan home, and Liverpool will be out for revenge at Finals after Midwest United had the best of the rivalry during the regular season.
In both meetings between the clubs at the U13 Boys level, United walked out as 3-0 winners. They would go on to finish the regular season undefeated, with a record of 7-0-1. Though Liverpool fell short in those rivalry encounters, they recovered to have a solid season, led by nine goals from Ren Sylvester.
Midwest United’s Jack Riebel and Levi Kalavitz both found plenty of joy from playing against their rivals, each scoring twice in the two games. Riebel would go on to lead the team in goals, netting an impressive 10 in eight matches.
The two clubs are in different groups, but have a good chance of squaring off in the knockout rounds should both advance. With only the top team from each group advancing to the knockout stages in the U13 boys division, both teams would need to win their groups to set up a meeting in the semifinals. Any match between the pair would carry plenty of extra intensity given the rivalry and familiarity.