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Detroit Wins NISA Season Opener Against Chicago 3-2

08/08/2021, 10:45am EDT
By Detroit City FC

HAMTRAMCK, MI (August 7, 2021) - The Detroit City FC team kicked off their Fall campaign in a 3-2 win over Chicago House AC.

Both Chicago House AC and Detroit City FC came out of the gate strong and focused on their new season at hand. Within the first 10 minutes of action, DCFC created many chances close to the goal off of their throw-in set pieces and were causing Chicago House AC to defend in uncomfortable situations. However, as the first half continued, Chicago House began to find their groove and own pace as they were keeping up with Detroit City through the midfield. 

Detroit looked to play the long ball over the top of the defense many times throughout the first half and, in the 17th minute, #11 Connor Rutz’s attempt just missed the net off an incredible pass from #2 Jimmy Filerman

Just a minute later, #21 Maxi Rodriguez found himself one a breakaway with the keeper where his attempt would be blocked, but Filerman recovered the ball and drew a penalty. #19 Pato Botello-Faz penalty would be saved, keeping the game tied.

After the missed penalty, DCFC looked a little lost in their pressure and this would end up in a breakaway goal for Chicago House AC’s #9 Wojciech Wojcik

Now down a goal, the Le Rouge started to play much more aggressively and physically to try and find their way back in this game. This aggressive and physical play, along with high pressure, would end in a positive result. Off of a broken corner, Filerman would find an open #15 Matt Lewis just in front of the net where he would use his head to redirect the ball past the keeper to level the game.

Detroit City used the goal as momentum to up their play and find their groove again. Just before the half, DCFC drew another penalty in the box off of a corner and this time, Rodriguez would step up for the shot and snipe the ball past the keeper who dove the wrong way to put Le Rouge up 2-1.

After a strong end to the half, Detroit City was stunned as a foul was given to goalkeeper #1 Nate Steinwascher in the box. Steinwascher guessed the correct way; however, #8 Andrew Conner would bury the penalty just outside the outstretched arms of Steinwascher. 

The game would only amp up from there. With a 2-2 tie, the Le Rouge looked to keep on attacking through the midfield and also by using the long ball again to find opportunities for the forwards to put the ball in the back of the net. 

Shortly after the goal, Filerman would display his impressive skill moves as he would weave in and out of the defense and fire a shot that would be saved. Filerman and Rodriguez would continue to put on a show in the midfield and create many chances for Detroit City.

The last 15 minutes of the match were chaotic. DCFC continued to put pressure on Chicago House AC with countless corners, set pieces, and throw-ins in dangerous areas. However, none of these attempts would result in a goal.

Finally, in the 88th minute, Le Rouge received a corner. In what seemed to be the last chance of the game, Detroit City took their time. The first ball was floated up in the box and #4 Anthony Manning would find the second ball near the net and tap the ball in to take the last-minute lead.

For his game-winning goal and stellar defense in the back throughout the entirety of the game, Anthony Manning would be awarded the Google Fi Man of the Match.

Detroit City FC continues their Fall season on August 14, as they visit Cal United Strikers in Irvine, California at 10 p.m. 

Match: Detroit City FC vs. Chicago House AC

Date: August 7, 2021

Competition: NISA

Venue: Keyworth Stadium - Hamtramck, MI

Kickoff: 7:30 pm ET

Weather: 80 degrees, sunny

Attendance: 6,076

Lineup: 1-Nate Steinwascher, 4-Anthony Manning, 5-Stephen Carroll (Capt.), 15-Matt Lewis, 2-Jimmy Filerman (78’), 21-Maxi Rodriguez, 22-Kevin Venegas, 11-Connor Rutz, 99-George Chomakov, 10-Cyrus Saydee, 19-Pato Botello-Faz (78’)

Subs: 13-Armando Quezada, 3-Javan Torre, 7-Roddy Green, 12-Jendai Jirara (78’), 14-Javi Steinwascher, 23-Darwin Espinal (78’)

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