Thunder Bay Chill vs Laredo Heat live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8pm.
Having already made history as the first team to reach the PDL Championship game three straight years, the Laredo Heat will be looking to become the sixth team to repeat as league champion and the lowest seed to ever capture the title.
On the opposite side of the ledger, the Thunder Bay Chill, in their ninth year, have found unprecedented success in their franchise history and are looking to cap a remarkable two-year turnaround in which the club has gone from a record of 2-11-3 in 2006 to a mark of 17-2-1 overall in 2008. The Chill are only the second Canadian team to reach the final (Calgary 2001) and could be the first to win the PDL championship. Casey Mann, Des Moines Menace Coach, was asked what it takes to beat Thunder Bay
“You have to be very organized in the back and know where [Brandon] Swartzendruber, [Gustavo] Oliveira and [Jeremy] Gold are at all times,” said Menace Head Coach Casey Mann. “You cannot give those guys any room. You also need to match them emotionally. They are a team that plays with a lot of heart and emotion. They try to send messages with crushing tackles, but they border on that line of being aggressive and being sent off.”