DETROIT, Michigan – The Detroit City Football Club will be sending its inaugural U19 Boys Academy team to the USL Academy Cup at the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex in Tampa, Florida, from Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3.
Detroit City will compete in the U19 Boys Premiere division in Group A – featuring Le Rouge, South Georgia Tormenta, East Atlanta FC and Wake FC.
Le Rouge’s roster features 30 of the top youth players in Metro Detroit – including 15 from Detroit City FC’s youth affiliates. A familiar name on the roster is Bosh Tanyi – splitting time between the Club’s USL Championship side and the Academy team.
DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Youth Club)
Goalkeepers (2): Brooks Boersma (Rush Lansing), Alexander Heitsch (Detroit City FC Downriver)
Defenders (8): Aidan Antcliff (Michigan Jags FC), Billy Broucek (Detroit City FC West), Dominic Gasso (Flint City Bucks), Felipe Cintra (North York Academy), Caden Demers (Detroit City FC Downriver), Alex Greene (Detroit City FC West), Lucas Negrao (North York Academy), Spencer Powe (Rush Lansing)
Midfielders (8): Aiden Baraiac (Nationals), Alex Davenport (Detroit City FC Downriver), Griffin Ellis (Detroit City FC West), Ali Khaled (Michigan Wolves), Kellen Larson (Michigan Wolves), James Napieralski (Detroit City FC South Oakland), Andres Ortiz (North York Academy), Drake Rossi (Detroit City FC West)
Forwards (6): Khalid Alshareefi (Detroit City FC City Select), Claudio Cavallo (Detroit City FC City Select), Dominic Cintra (North York Academy), John Palomino (Liverpool FC IA Michigan), Guershom Sylvain (Rush Lansing), Bosh Tanyi (Detroit City FC)
Alternates (6): Parker Dokho (Midfielder, Detroit City FC South Oakland), Logan Harkins (Defender, Detroit City FC West), Jordan Lee (Midfielder, Detroit City FC South Oakland), Chase McAvoy (Midfielder, Detroit City FC South Oakland), Carter Mroz (Midfielder, Michigan Jags FC), Owen Stone (Forward, Detroit City FC South Oakland)
Le Rouge played two friendly matches in preparation for the Academy Cup against Inter Detroit of the Midwest Premier League and Lawrence Technological University of the NAIA.
Detroit City will play four fixtures over the four-day tournament. Each of City’s matches will kick off at 8 am ET.
2022 Detroit City FC USL Academy Cup Schedule:
Thursday, March 31 at 8 am ET
East Atlanta FC v Detroit City FC
Friday, April 1 at 8 am ET
Detroit City FC v South Georgia Tormenta
Saturday, April 2 at 8 am ET
Detroit City FC v Wake FC
Sunday, April 3 at 8 am ET
Detroit City FC v TBD
The USL Academy will be streaming each match on MuscoVision at www.themomentlive.tv/landing/index. MuscoVision will be featured at every field and will have every live game available to watch for a nominal fee. Access to the feed won’t be available for purchase until 24 hours prior to the first match.
Thirty-eight USL clubs will field 76 unique teams to compete in the 2022 USL Academy Cup – the second edition of the tournament. In addition to the on-field competition, there will be player development workshops for coaches and directors, on-site activations and speakers for players to learn about personal branding, media training, leadership tactics and mental wellness, along with events for scouts and college coaches.
Additional USL Championship clubs that will have representation through their academy programs include: Indy Eleven, Hartford Athletic, Louisville City FC, Miami FC, Real Colorado (Colorado Springs Switchbacks affiliate), Phoenix Rising FC, Brooklyn Italians (New York Red Bulls II affiliate), Ironbound SC (New York Red Bulls II affiliate), and Queensboro FC.
Following this weekend’s cup, Detroit City FC will be building upon its Academy program heading into 2023 to offer expanded opportunities for both boys and girls at multiple age groups. To learn more about City’s youth and Academy programs, visit www.detcityfc.com/club/youth.
For more information on the USL Academy, check out usl-academy.com or follow @usl_academy on Twitter.
For more information about Detroit City FC, visit detcityfc.com.com and follow @DetroitCityFC on Twitter and Facebook and @detroitcityfootballclub on Instagram.