CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - The highly anticipated Legends Cup Semi-Final match between Detroit City FC and 1904 FC took place at Finley Stadium under the lights on a perfect night for soccer.
The match started out cagey as both sides' tactics were lining up and played right into each other. Le Rouge was controlling the ball while trying to probe forward through the midfield, and 1904 was sitting in a mid-block comfortable to absorb the DCFC pressure and potentially hit on the counter.
Each side forced a few saves early on. Twice Le Rouge forward #20 Yazeed Matthews was denied by the 1904 goalkeeper. On the other end, #1 Nate Steinwascher made a split second double save around the 20th minute to keep 1904 off the scoreboard.
Steinwascher’s saves proved vital towards giving Le Rouge the edge that they needed near the end of the half, City captain #5 Steve Carroll headed home a perfectly placed corner kick sent in by #22 Kevin Venegas. And with that, Detroit City FC got the goal they deserved and they took the lead into halftime.
To begin the second half, neither side made any tweaks to their lineup or tactics. The play was largely even as no chances were created for the better part of 30 minutes into the second half. Eventually, 1904 saw brief flashes of offense. After sending one shot wide, they were able to bring the ball into the box but #15 Matt Lewis stood stride for stride with the attacker and expertly poked the ball from his feet with the outside of his boot.
In the 83rd minute, #14 Javi Steinwascher came on for #6 Max Todd. During the four additional minutes of stoppage time, #19 Benedek Tanyi and #99 George Chomakov came on to provide some fresh legs to track back and help out on defense to see the match out. When the referee blew his whistle to end the match, the scoreline was still 1-0 in favor of Detroit City FC.
Up next is the Legends Cup Final on Sunday at 8 pm.
Match: Detroit City FC vs. 1904 FC
Date: April 22, 2021
Competition: NISA Legends Cup
Venue: Finley Stadium - Chattanooga, TN
Kickoff: 8:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 63 degrees, cloudy
Lineup: 1-Nathan Steinwascher, 5-Stephen Carrol (Capt.), 15-Matt Lewis, 4-Anthony Manning, 2-Kevin Venegas, 21-Maxi Rodriguez, 10-Cyrus Saydee, 11-Connor Rutz, 6-Max Todd, 19-Pato Botello, 20-Yazeed Matthews
Subs: 14-Javi Steinwascher (‘83), 19-Benedek Tanyi (‘90+), 99-George Chomakov (‘90+)
Check out the NISA’s Match Facts here: https://nisasoccer.com/match-center/236/dcfc-vs-1904