The Conclusion of Book One
The season began with a cover story in the weekly Metro Times, a harbinger of the growth which continued during this fourth season at Cass Tech.
After three pre-season friendlies, Le Rouge was once again a participant in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Our opponent was another local team for which there is little to no respect for in the Supporter community – the Michigan Bucks.
Limited to 1,500 tickets, we bought them, used them, and echoed our voices within the tin can dome.
During the season, we filled our stadium with 3,000+ fans at every home game, with all sorts of fun like unfurling the traditional opening day tifo…
wearing special jerseys which were auctioned off to raise money for Detroit Police Athletic League…
and taking down the only undefeated team with a single shot.
On the road, we took over the bars of our hosts…
and then we smoked them out (so much so the fire department was called!)
Making the playoffs took us to Madison, Wisconsin, where fear of a potential mob of Detroiters filling their stadium inspired the powers-that-be to schedule our semi-final match against AFC Cleveland at 3:00 on a Friday afternoon. Still, there were as many of us as there were neutrals and Cleveland fans in the stands.
The growth of Detroit City FC since 2012 has been phenomenal. Outside the realm of the Northern Guard Supporters, this was inconceivable. And by season’s end, changes were on the horizon. A proposal was submitted by the team to renovate Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck; a venue which holds 6,000.
And, our captain of four years – Josh Rogers – would retire at season’s end.
This season marks the end of Book One in the story of Detroit City FC. Book Two begins in 2016. Is this a trilogy in the making? How many more volumes are on the horizon?
CITY TIL WE DIE!
- April 18, 2015: Saginaw Valley State University (friendly).
- April 25, 2015: Michigan State University (friendly).
- May 9, 2015: Muskegon Risers (friendly).
- May 13, 2015: at Michigan Bucks (Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup).
- May 15, 2015: AFC Cleveland.
- May 29, 2015: Minnesota Twinstars.
- May 31, 2015: at Lansing United.
- June 6, 2015: Madison 56ers.
- June 17, 2015: Columbus Crew College Program (friendly).
- June 20, 2015: at Cincinnati Saints.
- June 28, 2015: Lansing United.
- July 11, 2015: Michigan Stars
- July 17, 2015: Erie Commodores FC.
- July 19, 2015: at Michigan Stars.
- July 22, 2015: Windsor Stars (friendly).
- July 25, 2015: AFC Cleveland in Madison, WI, NPSL Midwest Regional Playoffs Semi-Finals
- September 19, 2015: Ann Arbor FC (friendly).