Jean-Christophe Koffi dribbles in a preseason match at WWT Soccer Park. (Nicholas Dawes/Saint Louis FC)
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – In a Saturday afternoon USL Championship preseason matchup, Memphis 901 FC fell behind on a 15th minute goal in a 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC at West Community Stadium just outside of St. Louis, MO.
After a pair of non-USL preseason games, Memphis hit the road for the first of two straight USL preseason matchups. Saint Louis FC finished just eight points ahead of 901 FC in the Eastern Conference standings last season, Memphis’ inaugural campaign.
The home team struck first on Saturday, as Kyle Greig scored in the 15th minute on a header following a Saint Louis corner kick. Memphis keeper Jimmy Hague made a pair of saves going into the halftime break, which kept Memphis within striking distance.
901 FC nearly tied the match in the 46th minute, as midfielder Duane Muckette tallied his second chance of the match but was turned away by Saint Louis’ second half substitute at keeper. In the 56th minute, Saint Louis extended the lead to 2-0.
Nearly immediately after 901 FC fell behind by a pair, a free kick from Marc Burch found the back of the net and trimmed the deficit to just one. Burch shot from just outside the box and bent it around the wall with a curl into the bottom left corner. Moments later, Memphis turned to keeper Jim Barkei, who kept Saint Louis off the board for the final 20 minutes, but 901 FC failed to put another shot on net after Burch’s goal.
901 FC continues its preseason slate in two weeks, as the club will face Forward Madison FC on Sat. Feb. 22. That match will take place at Birmingham-Southern College, with the start time TBD. Memphis will play its lone home preseason matchup on Sat. Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at AutoZone Park against the University of Memphis.
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Memphis 901 FC Starting XI
12 (GK) Jimmy Hague, 2 (D) Mark Segbers, 5 (D) Liam Doyle, 3 (D) Zach Carroll, 8 (D) Marc Burch, 17 (M) Michael Reed, 10 (M) Jean-Christophe Koffi, 6 (M) Dan Metzger, 21 (M) Duane Muckette, 29 (F) Brandon Allen, (F) Trialist
Subs: 25 (GK) Jim Barkei, 5 (D) Triston Hodge
Substitutions: 70’ Jim Barkei on, Jimmy Hague off…70’ Triston Hodge on, Marc Burch off, 72’ Trialist on, Muckette off
Saint Louis FC Starting XI
(GK) Morton, (D) Gagnon-Lapare, (D) Adewole, 3 (D) Phanuel Kavita, (D) Bryan, (M) Fall, (M) Wharton, 13 (M) Kadeem Dacres, 11 (M) Joaquin Rivas, (M) Trialist, 22 (F) Kyle Greig
Subs: (GK) Berner, 5 (D) Paris Gee, 4 (D) Sam Fink, (D) Fisher, 17 (M) Oscar Umar, 29 (M) Nichi Vlastos, 9 (F) Russell Cicerone
Substitutions: 46’ Berner on, Morton off…Paris Gee on, Gagnon-Lapare off…Sam Fink on, Adewole off, Fisher on, Phanuel Kavita off…Trialist on, Bryan off…Trialist on, Fall off…Oscar Umar on, Wharton off, Nichi Vlastos on, Kadeem Dacres off…Trialist on, Joaquin Rivas off… Russell Cicerone on, Kyle Greig off…66’ Morton on, Berner off
About Memphis 901 FC
Memphis 901 FC is an American Professional soccer team embarking on its second season in the United Soccer League Championship. 901 FC, led by Principal Owner Peter Freund, Minority Owner Tim Howard, President Craig Unger and Head Coach Tim Mulqueen, represents a market that includes over 8,000 youth soccer players, an established American Outlaws chapter and strong collegiate programs.