The Madison Soccer Association will crown its 2015-16 champions Friday night on Goodman Pitch at Verona's Reddan Soccer Park, with the potential for repeat champions in each of the league's divisions.
Top-seeded Madison Fire Red (10-2-5) takes on No. 2 Madison United (10-5-2) in the Division 1 final, scheduled for 8 p.m.
The Fire have won the division five times in the past eight years; this season, however, the club fielded two teams in the league – in fact, Fire Red topped fourth-seeded Fire Black 2-0 in last Sunday's semifinals.
United, the 2014 champion, outlasted No. 3 seed Deportivo 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the other semifinal. They dropped both meetings against Fire Red in the regular season, falling 2-1 in October and 2-0 in April.
In Division 2, top-seeded Epic FC (10-4-2) thumped No. 4 seed Bulldogs 6-0 in last Friday's semifinals, while second-seeded Vilas Rangers (8-7-2) posted a 2-0 victory over No. 3 seed FC Metro (6-7-4). The defending champion Rangers beat Epic 3-2 in April in the teams' only matchup during the regular season.
MADISON SOCCER ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
All matches at Goodman Pitch, Reddan Soccer Park, Verona
No. 1 Madison Fire Red 2, No. 4 Madison Fire Black 0
No. 2 Madison United 1, No. 3 Deportivo 1 (Madison United advances 3-2 on penalties)
No. 1 Madison Fire Red (10-2-5) vs. No. 2 Madison United (10-5-2), 8 p.m.
No. 1 Epic FC 6, No. 4 Bulldogs 0
No. 2 Vilas Rangers 2, No. 3 FC Metro 0
No. 1 Epic FC (11-4-2) vs. No. 2 Vilas Rangers (8-7-2), 6 p.m.
Madison Soccer Association website
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