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Forest City London’s Cinderella run will see it matched up against Sounders U23


The giant killers from London, Ont. now know the identity of the next Goliath on their list.

On Sunday night, Forest City London announced through its official Twitter feed that it will face the Seattle Sounders U23 in the first round of the PDL’s final four. The Sounders won the Northwest Division regular-season title, losing just two of 16 matches. Then, the team stormed through the Western playdowns, earning a spot in next weekend’s PDL championships.

But, for FC London, facing a team with a daunting record should be old hat. The team pulled off two remarkable upsets on the weekend and claimed the Central Conference crown, earning a trip to the final four. London crowned a weekend of upsets with a 2-1 win over the host Michigan Bucks in the Central Conference Championship.

Jordan Ayris opened the scoring for London, while Martin Lange scored off a dead-ball situation in the second half.

Jordan Ayris

A few hours after London upset the host Michigan Bucks 2-1 in the Central Conference Championship, the club learned that it will face the Sounders, a club that scored 33 times in 16 games yet has such a balanced attack, no scorer netted more than six for the club.

Going into the final, you would not have given London much of a chance. Michigan lost just one of its 16 matches this past regular season. It gave up just 10 goals. It’s goal difference… plus-36. London finished the season at 7-5-4.

The Cinderella story began on Saturday, when London beat the Thunder Bay Chill 1-0 in their semifinal. The Chill finished the season as the runaway winner of the Heartland Division, finishing 13-2-1. The Chill and the Bucks combined did not lose as many regular season matches as London did.

The England-born Ayris, who attends Fairfield University, got the deciding goal in the win over the Chill.

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