Memphis, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC heads West in search of three points with a match against Orange County SC on Saturday, September 3 at 9 p.m. CT.
Memphis moved to 16-7-3 on the season after falling 1-0 in a hard fought match against Loudoun United FC on Wednesday. 901 FC stands in second place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind first place Louisville City FC with eight matches left in the regular season.
With the Tampa Bay Rowdies sitting at 51 points and Birmingham following closely behind with 50, the battle atop the Eastern Conference continues down the home stretch.
901 FC struggled to find the back of the net against Loudoun, taking 21 shots with nine on target and hitting the framework on multiple attempts. Memphis also held 64% of possession with eight corners throughout the match but couldn’t bury any chances created.
Defending champion Orange County currently sit in last place in the Western Conference, 10 points outside of playoff position. Orange County has conceded 46 goals, averaging 1.8 goals conceded per match, while scoring 41 goals with a conversion rate of 20%.
Saturday’s match is Memphis’ second in a stretch of three matches in eight days and the first matchup between the two clubs, both looking to end their respective losing streaks.
“We’ve got to just improve ourselves. They’re good and rested, we’re not. We’ll have to be creative but for us it’s more about making sure we have a good response. We talked about after Birmingham having a response. We didn’t, so we have to make sure we have our foot right. I think if we play with a little more passion and selflessness, we’ll win more games than not.” – Ben Pirmann
History in the Making...
Memphis 901 FC is currently enjoying their best season since its start in the Bluff City in 2019. After a playoff appearance last season, the club has established itself as a title contender. The battle at the top of the Eastern Conference has only intensified entering the final stretch of the season. 901 FC sits at second in the Eastern Conference with eight matches remaining in the regular season, including a September 23 rematch against No. 1 Louisville City FC.
The Race for the Golden Boot…
Phillip Goodrum has been the jetfuel as the man up top for one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the league. The forward has netted 14 goals this season, the fourth most in the USL Championship. Memphis is unbeaten in 12 of the 13 matches Goodrum has found the back of the net including a 5-2 statement victory on June 5 when he scored two goals against his former club ATL United 2.
Goals Scored Leaderboard:
1 – Milan Iloski – 19
2 – Hadji Barry – 16
3 – Ottar Magnus Karlsson – 15
4 – Phillip Goodrum – 14
T5 – Augustine Williams – 13
Memphis 901 FC boasts one of the league’s most dynamic duos in the midfield with Aaron Molloy and Jeremy Kelly. Molloy has made his hay as the squad’s primary kicktaker, leading the USL with 10 assists. Kelly has been at the center of the 901 FC attack since moving from the back line this season, currently tied four fourth most assists in the USL with eight. Kelly was tabbed as the USL Championship Player of the Month in May after a stretch of three goals and three assists in four victories for 901 FC.
1 – Aaron Molloy – 10
T2 – Cameron Lindley – 9
T2 – Kenardo Forbes – 9
T4 – Jeremy Kelly – 8
T4 – Antonie Hoppenot – 8
Set Piece Superstar…
Aaron Molloy has made his name as one of the most dangerous legs from the set piece in the USL Championship. Seven of the midfielder’s 10 assists this season have come off of the set piece, but not before scoring his first goal of the season on a free kick strike from 20 feet out against Oakland Roots on March 19. Molloy is currently ranked third in chances created with 61 this season.