MEN’S FIRST TEAM (NISA)
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD CONTINUES FOR LE ROUGE:
Bridgeview, IL (August 29, 2021) - Detroit City FC made the trip to Bridgeview, IL to face off against Chicago House AC. Match four of the NISA fall season was a rematch of the season opener when Le Rouge came away with a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
Detroit City played in SeatGeek Stadium for the first time, and the home side was the first to have opportunities near goal. Despite that fact, nothing truly dangerous was made of the attempts. The closest look to goal for either side came in the 30th minute when #22 Kevin Venegas sent a free kick that glanced off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Another great chance for City came by the way of #2 Jimmy Filerman who sent his defender to the ground with a smooth dribble as he advanced into the opposition penalty area. He delivered a pass in front of goal but it was blocked by the House defense and eventually cleared.
While no save was particularly troubling for #1 Nate Steinwascher to make, he recorded three saves in the first half.
The second half started similar to the first. Chances came for both sides out of the gate but nothing goal-worthy. As the half progressed, City’s increased pressure, both offensive and defensive, began to lead to Chicago turnovers and frustration.
Eventually the momentum City was gaining would create a real opportunity. #21 Maxi Rodriguez deftly brought a ball down in the box and sent the Chicago defender marking him in the wrong direction. This led to a wayward tackle that sent Rodriguez to the ground and the ref pointing to the spot for a penalty.
Rodriguez stepped up to take the penalty and he confidently slotted it home past the Chicago keeper. [VIDEO HERE]
With the 1-0 lead, City looked to keep up their offensive pressure. The team would quickly transition to offense and create danger through quickly built counterattacks. In the waning minutes of the match, House attempted to get forward but found no real attacking avenues as the Le Rouge defense was too quick in closing down everything in front of them. Le Rouge then settled nicely into some possession to see out the match.
Detroit City FC, now 3-1-0 in the fall season, will head to Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, TN to take on Chattanooga FC on Saturday, September 4 with kickoff set for 7:30 pm ET.
DCFC stands alone in forest place in the NISA Fall 2021 table. They have not lost on the road in the Trevor James era, since July 7, 2018. (h/t J. Maki)
The Detroit City FC Men’s First Team are back at home on September 11, 2021 when they welcome New Amsterdam FC to Keyworth Stadium, tickets for that match can be found here.
WOMEN’S FIRST TEAM (UWS)
DETROIT CITY FC WOMEN’S UWS SEASON RECAP:
It was a historic year for Women’s soccer in the city of Detroit with the inaugural UWS season for the Detroit City FC Women’s first team. Sam Pirane and his side made great strides throughout the season and it culminated in a 3-0 win in their season finale at home against Lansing United on July 10.
This win means they will finish their inaugural season in the UWS in a respectable third place having earned 18 points from 10 games, just missing out on the final Midwest North Conference playoff spot by three points.
At the Men’s First Team match against FC Buffalo at Keyworth Stadium on July 14, it was announced that defender Madison Duncan was the winner of the Detroit City FC MVP for the Women’s First team. Madison, the Troy, Michigan native, started 8 matches for Le Rouge, registered an assist and looked very solid in the Detroit City FC backline all season.
MEN’S U23 TEAM
U23 MEN’S TEAM SEASON RECAP:
It was an incredibly successful inaugural campaign for the Detroit City FC U23 side as they won the Eastern Division of the Midwest Premier League. The side, coached by Javi Bautista, picked up 39 points from 14 games, only dropping points once during the course of the season. In these 14 games the Detroit City FC U23 side scored 40 goals while only allowing 11.
They finished out their season with a 1-0 win on the road against BIH Grand Rapids on July 21, they were then honored with a trophy presentation prior to the kickoff of the Detroit City FC Men’s First Team match against Livonia City FC in the NISA Independent Cup on July 28.
WOMEN’S SECOND TEAM
WOMEN’S UWS2 SEASON RECAP:
The Detroit City FC UWS 2 side wrapped up their inaugural season with a 5-0 win on the road against North Oakland FC on July 22. It was a great season for George Easter and his side, racking up 25 points from 10 games and ending with a +25 goal differential, only allowing six goals against them all season.