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Forward Madison to go for state soccer supremacy in ‘Battle for Wisconsin’ Tuesday

By Jason Klein, 09/16/19, 8:15PM CDT

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Flamingos host Milwaukee Torrent in matchup between state’s two largest cities

Special Exhibition Game
Forward Madison FC vs Milwaukee Torrent
Tuesday, September 17, 2019; 7:00 p.m. CT
Breese Stevens Field - Madison, WI

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Forward Madison FC is looking to claim state soccer bragging rights as it hosts the “Battle for Wisconsin” exhibition against the Milwaukee Torrent on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The match pits in-state opponents from Wisconsin’s two biggest cities, giving each the chance to claim state-wide soccer supremacy. 

During its inaugural USL League One season, Forward Madison has already integrated itself into Wisconsin’s strong soccer community, playing various games against the Milwaukee Bavarians, Green Bay Voyageurs and UW-Madison. The Flamingos have hosted exhibitions so far against national and world-renowned clubs such as Hertha Berlin, Minnesota United and Leones Negros, but Tuesday’s exhibition is tailored specially for Wisconsin.

With just three games to go in League One and playoffs on the line, Head Coach Daryl Shore will likely use the game to make sure all his players are match fit for the home stretch. For players like midfielder Brandon Eaton, who recently returned from a long injury layoff last Saturday in Richmond, the Torrent game could be a chance to get back into the groove at a crucial point in the season.

The Milwaukee Torrent, founded in 2015, has competed in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur and semi-professional league, during past seasons. The Torrent recently upgraded its roster in anticipation of its entry into the NPSL “Members Cup” competition - which kicked off in August - and hired former MLS head coach Carlos “Cacho” Córdoba to lead the team. 

The Torrent currently sit fourth in the six-team Members Cup with a record of 1-1-2.

Forward Madison, in recognition of a larger proliferation of friendly tournaments around the world, has dubbed the contest the “Astonishingly Shiny Cup Of All Cups.” Rumor has it that FMFC staff were recently spotted at a thrift store on Williamson St. picking up used silverware to create the trophy.

Following its exhibition against the Torrent, Forward Madison will return home Sunday for its last home game of the year as it takes on League One regular season winners North Texas SC. The Flamingos have only a three-point cushion in the playoff race, and will look to score a vital win.

Forward Madison FC’s inaugural season is here! The team will play its next home game on Sept. 17 vs Milwaukee Torrent. Get tickets to see Forward Madison’s inaugural season at: https://www.forwardmadisonfc.com/tickets.

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