Memphis, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC returns to AutoZone Park to take on Rio Grande Valley FC on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. CT.
Memphis moved to 19-8-4 on the season after falling 1-0 on the road to Miami FC on October 1. 901 FC remained at second in the Eastern Conference despite the loss, but fell to five points behind Louisville City FC.
901 FC went into Miami shorthanded as seven players were unavailable due to injury and suspension. Miami outshot Memphis 12-5 with 9-1 shots on target and capitalized on their attack with the only goal of the match in the 91st minute.
With a game in hand, 901 FC looks to run the table in their final three regular season games to solidify the No. 1 seed in the east and a first round bye in the playoffs.
Rio Grande Valley sits in eighth in the Western Conference standings after falling 1-0 to Louisville City FC on Saturday night. The Toros are looking to gain points on the road to get back in playoff contention with two weeks left in the regular season.
Memphis will have starters Phillip Goodrum, Rece Buckmaster and Laurent Kissiedou back in the lineup after one game suspensions.
History in the Making..
Memphis 901 FC has already made its mark on this historic season, surpassing the club record for points in a season (63), wins (19) and goals scored (60). Now, after securing their second consecutive playoff appearance, the Beale St. Boys are pushing to make more history with a playoff run. They’ll have three regular season games to jump to No. 1 in the conference and earn the first-round bye.
Memphis 901 FC has earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous offensive clubs in the league this season, especially at home. Memphis boasts a +17 goal differential and have scored 36 goals at AutoZone Park this season, second most in the league.
The Race for the Golden Boot…
Phillip Goodrum has been the jet fuel as the man up top for one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the league. The forward has netted 19 goals this season, currently sitting in second in the USL Championship and has been named Player of the Week twice this season. Memphis is unbeaten in 14 of the 15 matches Goodrum found the back of the net, including his first career hat trick in a 4-0 victory over atlanta united 2.
Goals Scored Leaderboard:
1 – Milan Iloski – 21
2 – Phillip Goodrum – 19
3 – Óttar Magnús Karlsson – 18
T4 – Leo Fernandes – 16
T4 – Hadji Barry – 16
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, tied for second in 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 for fourth most assists in the USL with nine. 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 – Antoine Hoppenot – 11
T2 – Aaron Molloy – 10
T2 – Kenardo Forbes – 10
T4 – Jeremy Kelly – 9
T4 – Cameron Lindley – 9
T4 – Hadji Barry – 9
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 yards out against Oakland roots on march 19. Molloy currently sits fifth in chances created with 69 this season and second in the league standings with his 10 assists.