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  • Le Rouge Review: DCFC players earn high praise, lead several teams to victory

    Michigan State: The Spartans bested soccer powerhouse Maryland, 1-0, on the road in their Big Ten opener on Sept. 19. This week, Coach Pirmann and Kylie Stannard’s squad will travel to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday before hosting Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    William Mellors-Blair dribbling

    Michigan: The Wolverines suffered a disappointing loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 16 by a score of 1-0. However, Michigan responded nicely by earning a hard-fought, scoreless draw at Northwestern on Sept. 21. Tyler ArnoneWilliam Mellors-Blair, and Colin McAtee combined for four shots to help the Wolverines stay unbeaten in Big Ten play. Looking ahead, Michigan will have a full week off before hosting Penn State at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a critical conference showdown.

    Saginaw Valley State: The Cardinals remained unbeaten on the season after winning road games against Walsh College and Malone by scores of 4-3 and 3-0, respectively. Craig Neal tallied a goal against Walsh, while Aleksander Isaevski recorded an assist in a thrilling back-and-forth affair. Michael Lamb earned a spot in the starting 11 along with Zach Vasold. In Sunday’s lopsided win over Malone, Isaevski and Vasold scored the first two goals for SVSU. This week, the Cardinals continue traveling with games at Tiffin University on Friday and at Findlay on Sunday.

    Butler: Jeff Adkins netted the first goal in the Bulldogs 2-1 victory over Loyola on Sept. 20 to help improve Butler’s record to 3-2-3 on the year. The Bulldogs play two home matches this week against Evansville on Wednesday and Georgetown on Saturday. The kickoff times are listed as 7 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos edged out Green Bay, 2-1, on Sept. 19, thanks to a goal and an assist from Connor Furgason. But two days later, Western Michigan struggled to find offensive consistency, dropping a 3-0 decision to Western Illinois. In that match, Sean Hazen had three shots, one of which was on target. The Broncos have only one match this week, coming Friday at 4 p.m. when they host Northern Kentucky.

    Oakland: Chase Jabbori, Shawn Lawson, and Raphael Reynolds all started the Grizzlies 2-1, overtime loss to Incarnate Ward on Sept. 20. Joey Tinnion came on as a substitute. Oakland is still in search of its first win of the season, and will look to get over the hump when it hosts UIC on Friday at 7 p.m.

    Detroit: Matt Ybarra scored in the ninth minute of the Titans’ 3-2 loss against Buffalo on Sept. 19, and Cameron Roberts added a shot on goal. Two days later, Detroit rebounded nicely to beat Niagara, 1-0, in which Ybarra earned a spot in the starting 11. The Titans host Wright State at 1 p.m. on Saturday for their Horizon-League season opener.

    Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers throttled South Carolina, 3-0, on Sept. 16 before dropping a 2-0 decision to UAB on Sept. 20. Bret Mollon’s squad continues to remain a part of the national conversation, though, and will travel to play Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Finally, Coastal Carolina will host Elon at 7 p.m. on Friday.

  • Soccer Shines in DPS Showcase

    It felt like a typical summer night of soccer at Cass Tech High School.

    With a handful of Le Rouge faithful singing praises as both teams walked onto the field, it was just like a regular-season match between two conference opponents.

    And it was. Except this time, the players were smaller, younger, and probably had homework to finish up by the time Monday morning rolled around.


    The inaugural Detroit Public Schools Showcase hosted by Detroit City FC, which saw Le Rouge draw 2-2 with Ann Arbor FC in front of 1,027 supporters, raised support for the Cass Tech and Renaissance boys soccer programs and put soccer on display the entire night of Saturday, Sept. 13.

    It also gave both high schools a chance to play in a setting familiar to City players, one filled with smoke, singing and passionate supporters.

    “It was really special because we had a doubleheader,” Cass Tech forward Samin Yasar said. “Detroit City FC played first; they won. And now we played Renaissance; we won. In front of all of the fans, I feel really great.”

    In its last outing of 2014, City kicked off the Showcase against Ann Arbor FC at 5:30 p.m.  The friendly got off to a quick start after Ann Arbor’s Dan Kuehn chipped the ball past City goalkeeper Jason Wise’s (Saginaw Valley St.) grasp from about 25-yards out, giving AAFC a 1-0 lead two minutes into the match.

    The 1-0 score line stood until the 53rd minute, when Le Rouge’s Zach Schewee (Bowling Green St.) netted his first-ever goal as a member of the Rouge and Gold with a laser rocket into the upper-right corner of Ann Arbor’s goal. Just 12 minutes later, City went ahead, 2-1, after AJ Kalina (Michigan St. Club) found himself on the favorable side of a scramble in the box, easily tapping the ball home past AAFC goalkeeper Ian McDonald-Wilkins.

    Former City forward Ugo Uche beat Wise on a low, driven shot in the 77th minute that secured a 2-2 draw between the clubs.

    With the stadium lights exposing the lingering smoke leftover from City’s friendly, Cass Tech and Renaissance met afterward in a regular-season matchup.

    Donning its new uniforms purchased by Detroit City FC, Cass Tech dominated Renaissance for most of the match, leading 3-0 at halftime. Yasar was the leading goal scorer on the night, completing a hat-trick that put the Technicians in front, 5-0, early in the second half.

    Wahidul Islam and Basid Abdul were additional goal scorers for the Technicians.

    Detroit Renaissance fought hard to ensure it wasn’t going home without a goal of its own, though. Impressive back-to-back goals from Moussa Kaba and Maurice Umejiego cut Cass Tech’s lead to 5-2 late in the second half –  a score that held until the final whistle.

    Although the two late goals weren’t enough to secure a victory, Detroit Renaissance’s Corey Mattic Jr., a natural striker who played goalie in the match, was happy to play in an exciting atmosphere.

    “Today’s game was fun,” Mattic Jr. said. “I tried my hardest; tried to block as many shots as I could. But, you know, there’s not much I could do.”

    Beyond the confines of its home pitch, DCFC’s commitment to the sport increases. The team works with Detroit PAL youth soccer leagues, conducting free clinics and offering free admission to Detroit City games to all participants. DCFC also operates the Detroit City Futbol League – an open, recreational co-ed league that plays at Historic Fort Wayne. The league, dedicated to connecting Detroit residents who share a passion for soccer their neighborhoods, has involved thousands of players since its inception in 2010. This fall, DCFC has added “Soktoberfest” – a 24-team league with teams representing area bars that also plays games at Historic Fort Wayne on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    With the success of the inaugural DPS Showcase, Detroit City continues to build the sport for players of all ages – a victory for soccer, and a victory for Detroit.

  • Le Rouge Review: September 15, 2014

    Michigan State: Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann’s seventh-ranked Spartans dropped a 1-0 decision to Valparaiso on Thursday before edging out Loyola-Chicago at home, 1-0, on Sunday, where Josh Rogers and Spencer Thompson were honored at halftime, along with fellow MSU men’s soccer alumni. Michigan State travels to No. 12 Maryland on Sept. 19 for an 8 p.m. kickoff. The game will be aired live on Big Ten Network.

    _DSC5902 Jeff Adkins beats goalie

    Michigan: The Wolverines earned a 1-1 draw against No. 12 Maryland on Friday. Colin McAtee, Tyler Arnone, and William Mellors-Blair combined for six of Michigan’s 11 shots in the match, and Nick Lewin entered as a substitute for the extra time sessions. TJ VanSlooten was not in the lineup. This week, the Wolverines host Bowling Green State University on Sept. 16, and travel to play Northwestern on Sept. 21. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

    Saginaw Valley State: Craig Neal, Zach Vasold, and Michael Lamb all started in the Cardinals 1-0 victory over Marygrove College on Sunday. Additionally, Aleksander Isaevski came on as a substitute and recorded one shot on goal. Earlier in the week, SVSU played to a 0-0 draw against Northwood University, in which all four DCFC players earned a spot in the starting 11. Looking ahead, the Cardinals will visit both Walsh College on Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. kickoff and Malone on Sept. 21 for a 1 p.m. start.

    Butler: The Bulldogs suffered two losses this week to Valparaiso on Tuesday and Western Michigan on Friday. Jeff Adkins scored the lone Butler goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 double overtime loss, and he recorded one shot on goal in Friday’s regulation defeat. The Bulldogs will look to rebound with matches at No. 11 Indiana on Sept. 17 and against Loyola on Sept. 20. Those matches begin at 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos had a successful week with a pair of victories over Butler (see above) and Eastern Illinois. Connor Furgason and Sean Hazen both earned the start in the win over Butler. In Sunday’s match against Eastern Illinois, Hazen recorded an assist on the eventual game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. On Sept. 19, Western Michigan hosts Wisconsin Green Bay for a 4 p.m. kickoff before welcoming Western Illinois for a 3:30 kickoff on Sept. 21.

    Oakland: Raphael Reynolds netted a goal in the Grizzlies 3-2 loss at Denver on Friday. Shawn Lawson and Joey Tinnion came on as substitutes, while Chase Jabbori earned a spot on the starting back line. Two days later, Oakland dropped a 1-0 decision to Air Force, in which all four DCFC players were placed in the starting 11. The Grizzlies will search for their first victory of the season this week in their homecoming game against Incarnate Word on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

    Detroit: The Titans pieced together a memorable weekend at the UNLV Nike Invitational with a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday and a 0-0 draw against UNLV on Sunday. Matt Ybarra recorded an assist in Friday’s win, and Ybarra and Cameron Roberts both had one shot on goal in Sunday’s scoreless result. Detroit will host Buffalo and Niagara on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Buffalo match will begin at 7 p.m., and the Niagara tilt will kickoff at 2 p.m.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon’s 13th-ranked Chanticleers lost their only match this week, 1-0, to Furman on Friday. Now, Coastal Carolina will look forward to a match against No. 17 South Carolina on Sept. 16 before hosting UAB on Sept. 20. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

  • Detroit City FC Returns to Cass Tech to Support Soccer in Detroit

    The Summer of Soccer isn’t over in Detroit just yet. Detroit City FC will return home to Cass Tech High School at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 for a special benefit match to help grow the beautiful game in the Motor City.

    The “DPS Showcase” will feature a full night of soccer in support of the Cass Tech and Detroit Renaissance High School boys soccer programs. It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with Le Rouge facing Ann Arbor Football Club in a friendly match; then, the Technicians host the Phoenix in a Detroit Public Schools regular-season showdown at 7:30 p.m. Cass _DSC6616newTech field is located at 2501 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

    A portion of the proceeds from the soccer doubleheader will be donated to the high school soccer programs, and tickets are only $5. In just three summers, Detroit City Football Club has established itself as Detroit’s soccer team. An exciting 2014 season saw success on and off the pitch for Le Rouge, and as a result of the efforts of DCFC and its supporters, the future is bright for soccer in the city.

    With the Showcase, DCFC builds on already strong ties to Cass Tech; on May 23rd, 2014, a day when 3,112 in attendance were treated to a performance by the elite Cass Tech Marching Band at halftime, DCFC presented new uniforms to the Technicians girls soccer team, and the ladies showed their appreciation by joining the songs and chants of the Le Rouge faithful as City went on to defeat Lansing United 1 - 0. Since making the Cass Tech stadium their home, DCFC has invested tens of thousands of dollars into improving the field itself, a benefit not only to the soccer teams but also the football program, one of the finest in the state and D-1 champions in 2011 and 2012.

    “There’s no better way to continue developing soccer in Detroit than to bring together thousands of Le Rouge faithful at Cass Tech,” Detroit City FC co-owner Alex Wright said. “We’re excited to see what our supporters have in store for the high schoolers, and we are proud to showcase the passion the Rennaisance and Cass players have for the game and our city. Soccer is extremely popular in the Metro Area, but in the Detroit Public School leagues the sport is still gaining traction. 4 years ago, Cass didn’t even have a boys team, now they do. We like to think we are a part of that. After September 13th, it won’t just be the football team that will be able to say they played under the lights in front of thousands at Cass.”

    Beyond the confines of its home pitch, DCFC’s commitment to the sport increases. The team works with the Detroit PAL youth soccer leagues, conducting free clinics and offering free admission to Detroit City games to all participants. DCFC also operates the Detroit City Futbol League, an open, recreational, co-ed league that plays games at Historic Fort Wayne; dedicated to connecting Detroit residents who share a passion for soccer and their neighborhoods, DCFL has involved thousands of players since its inception in 2010. DCFC has recently annouced that for the first time it will be offering a Fall rec-league as well. “DCFC Soktoberfest” begins in early September and is open to anyone, regardless of where they call home. For more information, contact

    Join DCFC in bringing the noise back to Cass Tech one last time this year in the name of supporting soccer in Detroit.

    Get your tickets online at or at the front gate of Cass Tech Field starting two hours before kickoff.

  • Le Rouge Review: Pirmann’s Spartans remain among the nation’s best

    Michigan State: Former DCFC head coach Kylie Stannard and current DCFC head coach Ben Pirmann are members of the Spartans’ coaching staff. No. 7 Michigan State coasted to a 3-0 win over Florida International on Aug. 31, and on Saturday, Sept. 6, the Spartans played to a 0-0 draw against No. 24 UIC in Chicago. MSU plays two home matches this week against Valparaiso and Loyola-Chicago. Those games will be played on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m., respectively.

    Michigan: The Wolverines had a roller coaster of a week, first toppling Southern Methodist University, 3-0, on Aug. 31 with two goals from Colin McAtee. An assist on one of those tallies came from Tyler Arnone, as other DCFC players William Mellors-Blair and Nick Lewin added one shot each to the stat sheet. However, nearly _DSC4639-9a week later in its Saturday, Sept. 6 match at Columbia, Michigan was blanked 3-0. TJ VanSlooten was not in the starting 11 for either of those matches. Looking ahead, the Wolverines will host a perennial power in No. 10 Maryland this Friday at 5 p.m. in hopes of rebounding from a disappointing weekend.

    Saginaw Valley State: In a 2-0 victory over Lewis University on Sept. 4, Aleksander Isaevski assisted Craig Neal’s goal just 11 minutes into the match. Later in the first half, Neal would add an assist to seal the victory for the Cardinals. And Sunday, Sept. 6, SVSU edged out Cedarville in a 1-0, double-overtime thriller in which Neal was credited with the game-winning assist with three minutes left. The Cardinals will host Northwood University at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 before hitting the road to play Marygrove at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14.

    Butler: The Bulldogs earned a 2-2 draw against Ohio State on Aug. 31, in which Jeff Adkins scored in the 67th minute. Later in the week, Butler edged out IUPUI, 1-0, on Sept. 3 before tying SIUE, 1-1, on Sept. 6. Adkins added two shots on goal in each of those matches. The Bulldogs host Valparaiso on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. before traveling to play Western Michigan on Sept. 12.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos played IPFW to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 31, as Connor Furgason and Sean Hazen both earned the start on the back line. Furgason accumulated two shots on goal in the hard-fought draw. In its Friday, Sept. 5 match against Loyola-Chicago, Western Michigan dropped a 1-0 decision as both Furgason and Hazen earned a second-consecutive start. The Broncos will host Butler at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 before welcoming Eastern Illinois to Kalamazoo on Sept. 14 for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

    Oakland: The Grizzlies suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Virginia on Sept. 1 before their match on Tuesday, Sept. 5, was cancelled due to inclement weather. Eliott Tarney made two saves in the loss, while Raphael Reynolds recorded one shot on goal. In addition, Shawn Lawson earned a spot in the starting 11, while Chase Jabbori and Joey Tinnion remained substitutes for the match. This week, Oakland will take a weekend trip to Colorado to play No. 19 Denver University on Sept. 12 and Air Force on Sept. 14.

    Detroit: The Titans dropped both games this week at the University of Dayton Marriott Classic Tournament. On Sept. 5, Detroit fell 1-0 to Northern Kentucky, in which Matt Ybarra registered one shot on target. Just two days later, Dayton handed the Titans a 3-0 defeat as Cameron Roberts recorded a shot of his own. Detroit will look ahead to better days with the UNLV Tournament this weekend. There, the Titans will take on Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 12 and UNLV on Sept. 14.

    Notre Dame: The fifth-ranked Fighting Irish played to a 0-0 draw against No. 9 Georgetown on Aug. 31 before defeating Dartmouth 4-1 on Sept. 6. Oliver Harris was not in the lineup for either match. Notre Dame will host Kentucky on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. before traveling to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. match on Sept. 13.

    Coastal Carolina: In Bret Mollon’s second year on the Chanticleers’ coaching staff, his squad has earned a No. 11 national ranking, and deservedly so. After a surprise run in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Coastal Carolina was barely edged out by Maryland on Sept. 1 by a score of 3-2. Days later, on Sept. 5, the Chanticleers responded nicely by defeating then-No. 21 Charlotte, 2-1, in double overtime.

    Columbus Crew: As a DCFC alum now playing in Major League Soccer, Adam Bedell continues to make the Le Rouge supporters proud. Bedell has two goals this season as he’s been mixed into the starting lineup several times in the latter half of the summer. Most recently, on Sept. 7, Bedell remained a substitute in the Crew’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA.

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