July 8 vs Minnesota - Preview
Souichi Terada | July 7, 2017

For the last time ever during the 2017 season, Bishop Foley hosts a home game for the Detroit Mechanix. The Minnesota Wind Chill will be back in town as the two teams square off for the third time this season.

Between the two teams, the narratives are largely different than the first time they met. All the way back on May 14, the Mechanix and Wind Chill dueled to a 22-19 Minnesota victory. After Detroit’s first win of the season against the Chicago Wildfire, it was an important matchup. But now, the Mechanix are on the heels of a 10-game losing streak, one mired by inconsistent play and close, grueling losses. Detroit only has two more games left in the season to clinch its second win of the season.

The Wind Chill, on the other hand, have thrived in 2017. After its first playoff appearance in 2016, Minnesota exploded to a 7-0 start on the new season. The highlight of the season came in the second game, upsetting the Madison Radicals, 22-20, on its home turf.

Minnesota has already clinched a playoff spot for the second year in a row, but the Wind Chill still have work to do. They enter the game against the Mechanix with an 8-2 record. However, the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds are closely behind them, sitting at a dangerous 7-4 mark.

On the season, the Mechanix have largely played tougher games at home compared to the road. In their last showdown at Bishop Foley, Detroit desperately looks to finish the season on a high note.

“A lot for me, and hopefully for the team, just have some fire and want it,” co-captain Ryan Mariouw said after the game July 1. “It stinks being 1-11 now, so hopefully something to motivate you to get out there and chalk up a W.”

In 2016, Detroit’s last game of the season was against Minnesota, a nail-biting 20-19 loss for the Mechanix. The two teams have dueled to close scores the past several games, save a 26-17 decision May 20.

For the rest of the season, the Mechanix are slated to play against two playoff-bound teams jockeying for seeding. The Wind Chill still have a chance to catch Madison in the rankings, earning them a first-round bye. The Thunderbirds, on the other hand, look to gain home-field advantage and jump up to the No. 2 seed.

First pull against Minnesota is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 8. Detroit looks for the marquee win of the season against a playoff opponent.