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The Spokane Velocity will look to get back on track this weekend when the club visits the best team in USL League One.

It’s been just over a month since the Velocity won a league game, and the team will have its hands full against an onrushing Northern Colorado Hailstorm on Sunday in Windsor, Colorado, when Jägermeister Cup play resumes.

“Raise the bar even higher than our last performance and continue to improve in a tough environment against a (tough) team,” Spokane coach Leigh Veidman said of what he wants to see from his club this weekend.

With only four games left in the group stage of the Season Cup, Spokane, which is third out of four teams in the cup standings, has some work to do before the knockout phase begins.

Northern Colorado, which is neck and neck with Union Omaha in the group stage, has not lost a league game since April 6, recording five wins and three draws in its last eight games.

The Hailstorm also recorded three consecutive wins against Omaha, Central Valley Fuego and One Knoxville Sporting Club.

Northern Colorado has been successful lately thanks to strong play on both ends of the court, but most importantly, an improvement in goal scoring—the team has scored 20 goals in its last eight games.

But the Hailstorm have played particularly well in the Jägermeister Cup. Led by 24-year-old Bruno Manuel Rendon, the center back has scored five goals in Northern Colorado’s four Cup games. Forward Ethan Hoard and winger Billy King have combined for five assists in those games.

The club’s defense was also impressive: The Hailstorm only conceded seven goals in the regular season, putting them in second place in the league.

In the only other meeting between the two clubs, Velocity achieved a hard-fought 1-0 home victory.

Since that game on March 23, the Velocity have beaten only two other league teams in eight matches, recording four draws and two losses.

Still in the developmental stages and in its first year as a franchise, the club has consistently shown flashes of brilliance on the field and done a good job of creating scoring opportunities, but has often struggled to convert its opportunities.

Spokane is eighth in the league standings with a record of 3-3-2, one place behind Northern Colorado with a record of 3-2-2.

The game starts at 6 p.m. and can be streamed on ESPN+.