Kenyan youngster Leroy Enzugusi was sent off in his team, Lansing United’s 3 – 2 win over Ann Arbor in the 2018 Milk Cup final on Wednesday 4 July at Mason High School.
Ann Arbor, home to two Kenyans – former KCB FC forward Chrispinus Onyango and Kenya U23 captain Joseph Okumu, went to the clash not only looking to defend their title but also hoping to pick a second title within five days, after winning the Great Lakes Conference Championship for the second consecutive season.
That was not to be as De Juan Jones scored two quick goals in the 21st and 25th minutes to hand Lansing United the head start, though the second goal had a heavy touch from a foot in the Ann Arbor defence.
Lansing had to play from the 38th minute with 10 men after Enzugusi was sent off for a stud – high tackle on Sercan Cihan.
Brazilian forward Yuri Farkas pulled one back for Ann Arbor in the 75th minute with a penalty after Azaad Ali was brought down and Steve Pouna restored Lansing’s two goal lead with a penalty also after Jack Cowley was felled by Ann Arbor keeper Anthony Mwembia.
Farkas scored from another late penalty in the 96th minute but Lansing managed to hold on.
Okumu was not on the match day squad for the game but Onyango played from the start.