May 20, 2016: AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL Regular Season)

dcfc99003

May 20, 2016
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
NPSL Regular Season
Detroit City FC 1, AFC Ann Arbor 1
Attendance:  7,410
DCFC Alec Lasinski (Ali Al-Gashamy) 45′
AFCA Dario Suarez 48′

Hour Magazine, Metropolitan Detroit’s Monthly Magazine, celebrated its 20th Anniversary issue in May, and found room to cover Le Rouge.

dsc02631 dsc02628

And the morning of our first match at Keyworth Stadium, we were the front page, above-the-fold story in The Detroit Free Press.

dsc02633

I arrived in Hamtramck early, to grab a local dinner at the Motor City Sports Bar, then walked to the stadium.  The first photo is a welcome sign on The Painted Lady, where the post-match party was held.  It was my first visit to our new home, and snapped a few shots before the gates opened.

dsc07107 dsc07108 dsc07110 dsc07112 dsc07113 dsc07111

Then it was a walk over to the Fowling Warehouse on Conant Street.  The place was packed with so many unfamiliar faces wearing the Rouge & Gold.  Hamtramck Police blocked Conant to allow our supporters to gather and begin the march to the stadium.

dsc07114 dsc07119 dsc07120 dsc07121

dsc07124 dsc07125 dsc07126 dsc07127 dsc07128 dsc07129

Pre-Game.  It seemed like a constant flow of people entering the stadium.

dsc07132 dsc07136 dsc07137 dsc07139 dsc07140 dsc07141 dsc07143 dsc07145 dsc07147 dsc07149 dsc07150

For eight months, we have been waiting for this day.  The electric excitement sizzled as the Supporters Section filled to capacity.

dsc07148 dsc07151 dsc07152 dsc07153 dsc07154 dsc07155 dsc07156 dsc07158 dsc07159 dsc07160 dsc07161 dsc07162 dsc07163 dsc07164

The teams took to the field for the opening ceremonies and the Northern Guard Supporters’ tifo drop.

dsc07167 dsc07168 dsc07169 dsc07170 dsc07172 dsc07173 dsc07174 dsc07175 dsc07176 dsc07177 dsc07178 dsc07180

dsc07189 dsc07190 dsc07191 dsc07192

The starting eleven for Le Rouge was as follows:
GK  Nate Steinwascher
D     Zach Schewee
D     Andre Morris
D     Seb Harris
D    Billy Stevens
M   Brett Nason
M   David Edwardson
M   Cyrus Saydee
F     Ali Al-Gashamy
F     Alec Lasinski
F     Tyler Moorman

AFC Ann Arbor started eleven men as well.  “Who Are Ya?” is usually the response, however, for this historic occasion, I’ll list them.

GK  Fabian Veit
D     Bruno Oliveria
D     Matt Braem
D     Lars Eckenrode
D     Jake Rosen
M    Jack Smith
M    Hector Morales
M    Leigh Rumbold
F     William Bayemi
F     Yuri Farkas
F     Dario Suarez

Game On!

dsc07194 dsc07198 dsc07199 dsc07200 dsc07202 dsc07203 dsc07205 dsc07209 dsc07211 dsc07213 dsc07214 dsc07216 dsc07219 dsc07221

I must pause for a moment to compare and contrast our first match at Cass Tech on May 12, 2012 to this evening’s match.

Impressive.

I made my through the Supporters Section to get a shot of the home-side seating.  It was crazy, taking a good ten minutes to get from one end to the other, the jumping, dancing, singing, swearing bodies shaking the decades-old foundation.

dsc07223 dsc07226

As the first half moved into its final minute, Alec Lasinski scored Detroit City FC’s first goal at Keyworth, after receiving a pass from Ali Al-Gashamy.

dsc07233a

dsc07234adsc07235

At halftime, I was standing near the entrance to the field on the family-friendly side when a couple came up to me to ask me about the game.  They had just arrived, and said they could hear the crowd out on Joseph Campeau Avenue, where they had parked their car and walked in from.

In the second half, Brett Nason was red-carded for an aggressive challenge in the penalty box, resulting in Dario Suarez tying the match on a penalty kick.  That didn’t spoil the party.

dsc07254 dsc07257 dsc07258

Tonight’s attendance:  Seven-Thousand-Four-Hundred-Ten.

Almost seven times the attendance of our first match at Cass (1, 072).

Almost double the largest crowd we had at Cass (3,884).

The evening was surreal.  It was Detroit City FC, but not like it was just a season ago.  It was like standing in the middle of a movie.  It was shock and awe.

The next day, both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press covered us on the front of their Sports Sections, and The Detroit News featured us on the front page, above-the-fold.

dsc02634

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

5 thoughts on “May 20, 2016: AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL Regular Season)

  1. Pingback: 2016 Summary – Do Haeng

  2. Pingback: Attending a Detroit City FC Match at Keyworth Stadium – Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

  3. Pingback: Detroit City FC’s record vs each NPSL opponent – Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s