Divided by two points, leaders Manhattan Kickers and number two Hoboken FC both won, setting the stage for a winner-take-all showdown between the Division Two South rivals at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, New Jersey, Sunday.
On Randalls Island, Kickers [11-1-2, 34] pipped City International 2-1 on goals by Mike Morozuk and Patrick Robak.
Ryan Hanehan had City’s response from Hrvoje Brkjacic’s through ball.
Almir Hot, Lodjewick Kuijpers and Danny Challita starred in the Kicker reserves’ 3-1 victory. It was the first game this spring that player-coach Dennis Kachintsev had neither an assist nor a goal.
Fredie Lagos nodded in a Berk Kasal corner for City.
Hoboken FC had a double shutout against FC Japan, also on Randalls Island.
Jeff Natale [9th, 67th], Brendan Lowe with his first goals for the club [70th, 77th], and Gleb Mironenko [90th] tallied in the reserves’ 5-0 romp.
In the ‘A’ game, Alex Wallin [25th], Eric Terzer, who also opened his Hoboken account [65th] and Josh Murphy [86th], upped the Jersey side’s record to 10-2-2 [32nd], ahead of the clash with Kickers.