Latics hoping to build on win

Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle

WIGAN Athletic continue their American adventure with a second game tonight.

Owen Coyle’s outfit take on Dayton Dutch Lions in a hastily-arranged friendly, hoping to build on their 2-1 win against Columbus Crews at the weekend.

And with Latics taking the FA Cup silverware with them to the Wertz Stadium venue in Ohio, the Lions – who play in the national division of the US – say the fixture has grabbed fans’ attentions stateside.

Club president Mike Mossel said: “It is games like this that give local soccer fans a chance to see top level players live in action.”

The game kicks-off at 7pm locally (midnight in England) as Coyle moulds his squad together. And midfielder James McCarthy says all the players are trying to impress the new manager ahead of the season launch on August 3.

“The gaffer seems really positive and you can see the energy he has and he’s got everyone going,” he said.

“There’s a spirit there already between everyone, all the new boys who want to prove something, and the boys who have been here a while who also need to make a good impression for the gaffer.”

Latics complete their tour on Saturday against Pittsburgh Riverhounds.