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Huntsville City FC to salute first responders

HUNTSVILLE — If you see dozens of first responders at Sunday’s Huntsville City FC soccer match, there is no need to be alarmed.

The club is hosting First Responders Night providing some emergency workers a chance to take a photo on the field with their family before the match. Also, Section 256, a special section at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium dedicated to celebrating the community, will host guests from HEMSI.

Huntsville City is unbeaten in its last three home matches with goalkeeper Elliot Panicco posting two straight shutouts.

Last week, Panicco was in goal in the scoreless draw against New England Revolution II. The visitors, however, were able to grab the extra point with a 5-4 shootout win.

“One of our most complete performances throughout the entire year,” HCFC Head Coach Jack Collison said. “Defensively, we looked very sound and created lots of opportunities.

“The missing part was putting the ball in the back of the goal.”

This weekend, Huntsville City is taking on Orlando City B in the second of two matches between the clubs this season. HCFC lost at Orlando 2-1 on March 31.

Collison said the match will be a challenge his club is ready to accept.

“When they do click, when they do get it right, they end up winning,” he said. “It’s a real challenge we’re looking forward to …

“And for us, we want to continue that good run we’ve got at home.”

Kickoff Sunday is 6 p.m. Fans who can’t attend the match can view it on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App.

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