Chicago FC United enters the 2019 Central Conference Playoffs as the defending conference champions. In 2018, FC United defeated the Des Moines Menace in penalty kicks to advance to the USL League Two semifinals where they fell 1-0 to the eventual champion. After the 2018 season, Chicago was moved from the Heartland Division to the Great Lakes Division with the addition of Green Bay to the Heartland.
Sporting a +18 goal differential, FC United rolled through the Great Lakes Division in 2019. With an overall record of 8-3-1, they finished four points clear of the Flint City Bucks for the regular season crown. Two of their three losses were to the Bucks, however, with their lone draw against Cincinnati to finish the year. Chicago has struggled recently, with two of their three losses (and one draw) coming in the last five matches.
Gerit Wintermeyer has lead the charge for FC United, appearing in a team high 10 matches and leading the squad in goals (six) and assists (four). Wintermeyer is a native of Germany and was a first-team all-conference selection at Bradley in 2018. Jesus Perez returned to Chicago for a second season after a standout 2018 (where he scored against Kaw Valley FC). In 2019, Perez has tallied four goals and was also a first-team all-conference member at UIC last fall. Finally, John Klein has scored four goals for the Illinois-based squad after being named the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year while playing at Saint Louis University last fall. Kruse is ranked seventh in the USL League Two Top Prospects list while defender Patrick Seagrist is listed 18th.
The Cranes and Chicago will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The match can also be streamed on the CISN.tv YouTube channel. Follow KVFC social media for more information all week.