Detroit, Michigan – Mere minutes before Detroit City FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks kicked off, the skies opened up and a deluge of rain fell on Keyworth Stadium. The rain ended up being the mood for Detroit on the night, as they fell to Colorado Springs 3-0.
Le Rouge had opportunities early on in the game, including a 7th-minute free kick and an 11th-minute Connor Rutz breakaway opportunity, but the weather conditions one way or another did not help Detroit at all in this game. A slick Keyworth turf would end up costing Detroit these opportunities.
Off of the Rutz breakaway, Switchbacks quickly counterattacked, calling the Detroit backline into service. It would be Nate Steinwascher making a huge save at the near post that stopped the Colorado Springs attack for the moment.
Colorado Springs would stay on the attack, as another counterattack came in the 15th minute, this time Switchbacks attacker Juan Tejada headed the ball past Steinwascher to give Colorado Springs a 1-0 lead.
The pressure didn’t slow from Colorado Springs, as only nine minutes after their first goal, they got their second. A breakdown of communication on the backline led to a turnover in the box and Romario Williams found himself with a wide-open net and made no mistake making it 2-0
Detroit continued to try and find an opening goal, but it was the weather that continued to affect Le Rouge.
Stephen Carroll had the first substantial opportunity for Detroit in the 34th minute with a shot from 35 yards out going just a yard above the top left corner of the net.
A golden opportunity was given to Detroit City in the 38th minute with a free kick from just about 20 yards out. Brett Levis took the free kick, and after a few deflections in the box, the ball was in the back of the net and Detroit believed they finally got on the board, but the line judges flag was up for offsides. The score remained 2-0.
Just before the halftime whistle, Colorado Springs once again had a huge opportunity to make it 3-0 with an open net in front of them, but a Carroll clearance off the line was huge for Detroit keeping the game 2-0 at the half.
Although possession was right around 50-50, it seemed like Colorado Springs controlled the first half. Only two shots were on target in the first half, and they were both Switchback’s goals.
Coming out of the second half, Colorado Springs kept up the pressure and in the 50th minute, Romario Williams had a carbon copy opportunity just like his first, and once again put it in the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Detroit continued to try and pressure the Colorado Springs goalkeeper, but Le Rouge just couldn’t get anything consistent going. Colorado turned down the pressure after the third goal, seeming happy with a 3-0 victory.
Things would get worse for Detroit City FC in the 58th minute when Micheal Bryant was shown his second yellow card of the evening for a reckless challenge in the midfield.
Detroit would have one last opportunity in the dying minutes of the game, but the ball was sent high of the bar. The final whistle would finally blow on this game, and Colorado Springs walked away with a 3-0 victory.
Despite the loss, Detroit City FC still sits in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The club still controls its own destiny to make the playoffs with only three games remaining.
Detroit looks to quickly move on from this loss as they will face Indy Eleven on Saturday, September 30 at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm Eastern.
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