DETROIT, Michigan – The Detroit City Football Club (2-2-1) is set to host Birmingham Legion (1-2-2) at Keyworth Stadium on Friday, April 15, at 7:00 pm ET. The match will air on ESPN Deportes – marking the first nationally broadcast contest for DCFC. The match will also air locally on My TV 20 in Detroit and stream on ESPN+.
Detroit City comes into Friday night riding a five-match unbeaten streak – most recently cruising to a 4-0 victory at Atlanta United 2.
Centerback Devon Amoo-Mensah and forward Antoine Hoppenot earned USL Championship Team of the Week honors for their efforts in Atlanta. Amoo-Mensah recorded one assist, had two chances created and completed 51 of 57 passes while making 13 recoveries in the win. Hoppenot recorded a goal and an assist while creating four chances and winning 7 of 12 duels.
Last week, Le Rouge played three matches over a seven-day stretch – posting a +7 goal differential and two clean sheets. Six different players accounted for Detroit City’s eight goals with an assist on every tally from six different players. DCFC put 15 shots on frame last week while limiting it’s opponents to just two – in two of those three matches, Le Rouge held the opposition to zero shots on target.
Detroit City FC is one of the least penalized teams in the USL Championship – conceding just 57 fouls through five matches – ranking fourth in the league. Le Rouge’s nine yellow cards this season is tied for the second lowest tally behind Phoenix Rising’s eight. On the flip side, Birmingham’s 16 yellows is the sixth most in the league.
DCFC has been utilizing high pressure to create turnovers in the attacking third – winning the ball 36 times through five league matches in the final third. Right back Rhys Williams and Hoppenot currently rank inside the league’s top 10 in possession won in offensive end of the field, sitting 6th and 9th, respectively.
Birmingham comes into the fixture off its first win of the season. The side has played primarily the top half of the table to start the year. Friday night is just the second road contest for the Legion in 2022, the first being a 3-1 loss at FC Tulsa in week two.
After a slow start, Legion head coach Tommy Soehn brought in former MLS player and U.S. Men’s National team member forward Juan Agudelo. Agudelo scored in his first outing in the USL Championship against Hartford – putting two of three shots on target.
Gates open at 6 pm on Friday and tickets are available at tickets.detcityfc.com.
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