Memphis 901 FC returns to the Bluff City looking to get back into the win column after their first loss since March 18 when San Antonio FC comes to town.
The Friday night matchup features two of the most dangerous attacking sides in the USL Championship with both Memphis and San Antonio coming in as the top two goal scoring clubs so far this season.
Memphis looks to grab three points at home after suffering their first road loss of the season last Saturday at Phoenix. The loss snapped a club-record 12-game unbeaten streak and dropped the regular season record to 8-3-4 with 28 points this season.
The Beale St. Boys sit at No. 4 in the Eastern Conference just three points behind the top three teams in the table.
Coming off a 3-1 home victory over Birmingham Legion with goals for Justin Dhillon, Jorge Hernandez and Tani Oluwaseyi, San Antonio looks to grab three points to climb from their No. 3 spot in the Western Conference behind Sacramento and El Paso.
Friday’s match is set for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff and is available to stream live on ESPN+ and WMC Bounce 5.2 locally.
On the Come Up
After two losses at home to start the season, Memphis 901 FC climbed the table with a 12-match unbeaten streak in the USL Championship with a +18 goal differential in that time span. The run is the longest unbeaten streak in club history.
Memphis sits at No. 4 in the Eastern Conference with 28 points and at least two matches in hand over each team in the division.
Friday’s match features two of the top attacking sides in the league between Memphis 901 FC and San Antonio FC.
Memphis is the only club in the USL Championship to average 2 goals per match and is the top scoring offense with 30 goals in 15 matches. San Antonio has poured in 31 goals in 17 matches.
Goals per match:
- Memphis – 2.00
- Sacramento – 1.82
- San Antonio – 1.76
Spreading the Wealth
Memphis hasn’t missed a step even with injuries to key players this season. 901 FC has had 12 different players find the back of the net and 11 assist others in scores this year.
Versatile veteran Rodrigo da Costa joined Memphis 901 FC in a midseason acquisition, bringing his knack for scoring and distribution to one of the most dangerous attacking sides in the league.
The Brazilian international leads Memphis 901 FC with six goals to go with three assists this season.
Score One for the Newcomer
Former top league midfielder Emerson Hyndman was called into the starting lineup for the first time in the club’s 4-0 victory over Tulsa last week, delivering the highlight of the night with a perfect one-touch strike into the back of the net from 30 yards out.
The Dallas, Texas native brings National Team, Scottish Premiership and MLS experience to a talented Memphis roster after playing a starting role for Head Coach Stephen Glass with Atlanta United.
Chances on Chances on Chances
Memphis now has two of the top creators in the league in Aaron Molloy and Rodrigo da Costa. Molloy and da Costa rank in the top-5 in chances created as Memphis stands toward the top in almost every offensive team metric.
Chances Created Leaderboard:
- Charlie Dennis – 42
- Aaron Molloy – 41
- Taylor Davila – 38
- Jack Gurr – 36
- Rodrigo da Costa – 34
The Kid is Cooking
Nighte Pickering has proven himself to be a dangerous presence near opposition final thirds. The 18-year-old striker has poured in four goals to go with three assists in USL competition along with his game-winning goal in the U.S. Open Cup victory over Atlanta United.
Pickering scored two goals in seven appearances in 2022, including a bicycle kick goal on debut, before being called up to the U.S. U-19 Youth National Team in the offseason.