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After finishing the regular season atop the Eastern Conference standings, the D.C. Current (8-1) will host the conference championship game at Cardinal Stadium on June 28 at 7 p.m ET. Watch the championship game live on the MLU’s YouTube channel via MLULive.com.
For D.C., this is the best possible situation for a one-game playoff to decide the Eastern Conference’s representative in the MLU Championship. The Current have been unbeatable this season at Cardinal Stadium and posted a perfect 5-0 record at home.
“Oh man it’s going to be awesome,” said Current Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “I’ve already talked to a lot of people who are really excited about the game and they have been asking about when the game is and what time it is. I’m excited about coming out and I know all of our guys are excited about going out and playing in that atmosphere.”
Led by the league’s best handling set in Alan Kolick (28 assists) and Markham Shofner (26 assists) and a pair of down field threats in Peter Prial (23 goals) and Jeff Wodatch (21 goals), the Current are ready to return to the playoffs for the second straight year.
They await the results of Saturday’s regular season finale to find out who they will face on the field the following Saturday. If Philadelphia (4-5) can win at home against D.C. or Boston loses in New York, the Spinners will claim the No. 2 spot in the East and clinch the final spot in the playoffs. If Philadelphia loses and the Whitecaps (4-5) beat the Rumble, the Current will take on the defending MLU champions, instead.
With two wins against Boston, three against Philadelphia and an unblemished record at home, the Current are brimming with confidence heading into the championship game. Only Boston has a win over D.C. this season, which came in Week 3 against a depleted D.C. roster on the road. Since then, the Current have been perfect on their way to totally a league-best +40 goal differential over their Eastern Conference rivals.
Last season, the D.C. Current slipped into the playoffs with a win against New York in the final week of the season, only to ride a bus eight hours to Boston the following week for last’s year’s deciding playoff game. This season, the Current won’t have to worry about any long, postseason road trips. Instead, D.C. will enjoy the familiarity of their home field and home crowd.
“This was our goal from day one, to play the Eastern Conference championship game in front of our fans,” said General Manager Matt Dewhurst. “I cannot wait to see our fans transform Cardinal Stadium into the D.C. Dojo one more time this season. It’s going to be rocking.”
The Current have been a model of consistency this season. D.C. has scored 20 or more goals in all but one of their home games this year while averaging nearly 23 goals per contest inside of Cardinal Stadium and winning by an average of 5.6 points per game.
Tickets for the Eastern Conference championship game are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here. In honor of the special event there are several exciting ticket options including a limited $28 on field sideline seating pass that puts you right next to the action and includes a signed disc of the player of your choice.
In appreciation of the amazing support our fans have given us this year, general admission tickets will be available at a special rate for the playoff game. Children under the age of 12 will get in for $2; those under 23 can purchase tickets for $5. Regular admission tickets can be purchased for $8 and for $18 fans can get a ticket and a signed disc.