May 12, 2017: vs Milwaukee Torrent (NPSL Regular Season).

May 12, 2017
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
NPSL Regular Season match.
Detroit City FC 3, Milwaukee Torrent 3
Attendance: 5,041

DCFC Cyrus Saydee (Roddy Green) 40′
Milwaukee Declan Rodriguez (Stuart Grable) 49′
DCFC Jeff Adkins 58′
Milwaukee Mark Hutchison 60′
Milwaukee Nemanja Medic 68′
DCFC Max Todd 90+6′

Five years ago, Detroit City FC played its first NPSL regular season match before 1,072 fans at Cass Tech High School Stadium.   The unexpected growth since that one-one draw comes with higher expectations.  Last season’s drop in the standings, and the rumblings of billionaires seeking a Major League Soccer franchise, this was the opening match of an important season.  It produced excitement and concern.

At the 40th minute, Cyrus Saydee scored, taking us into half time with a 1-0 lead.

 

Milwaukee’s Declan Rodriguez scored in the 49th minute to even the match.  Nine minutes later, Jeff Adkins curled the ball into the net with this beautiful corner kick, to retake the lead.

It took only ten minutes to not only erase the lead, but put DCFC behind.  Mark Hutchison scored two minutes after the Adkins goal on a defensive lapse after the goal, then Nemanja Medic sailed a shot from outside the box that dropped in the far corner at the 68th minute.

As the half continued, there was a buzz in the air.  Could City come back?  Behind me I heard the conversation of two guys – one of them attending their first match.  As City struggled, I heard the new guy ask, “Do these guys always lose?”  Prior to tonight, we’d only lost one match at Keyworth.  But we’d only recorded two wins and three draws.  It took final second heroics by Max Todd to recover a point out of this match.

With a full moon beginning to wane, there was immediate jubilation, and a hope that last season’s funk would wane with it.

 

May 6, 2017: vs Dayton Dynamo (Friendly)

May 6, 2017
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Pre-Season Friendly
Detroit City FC 2, Dayton Dynamo 2
Attendance: 4,168

DCFC  Peyton Mowery Own Goal 18′
DCFC  Cyrus Saydee (David Edwardson) 56′
Dayton  Tristan Lyle (Tate Robertson) 57′
Dayton  Tristan Lyle (Tate Robertson) 65′

An overcast and chilly evening to open Keyworth Stadium in 2017.  Dayton, no longer in our division, provided a good challenge leading into the season.  They exposed our fear that last year’s weakness still existed – leaking goals after achieving a lead.  Dayton’s keeper, Ryan Holding, made a few key saves after they tied it, keeping the score level for the final twenty-five minutes of the match.

Personally, I felt off, too.  First time I asked for a media pass was last year at the season-ending friendly against Windsor.  And before this season, I inquired about one for the full season, and the honor was bestowed.  Standing there with the other photographers and their massive equipment, I felt like my little Sony Cyber-Shot was an inadequate toy.  Coupled with the overcast weather, it certainly wasn’t my best performance in shooting, either.  After this match, I had to shrug it off and remember my approach: don’t worry about not having the camera to capture the shots I fantasize about, rather know which kinds of shots my camera can capture, and get them.  Fortunately for me, video compliments when photographing fail.

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April 30, 2017 at Lawrence Tech (friendly)

April 30, 2017
LTU Athletic Field, Southfield, MI
Pre-Season Friendly.
Lawrence Tech 0, Detroit City FC 2

DCFC  Cyrus Saydee 22′
DCFC  Roddy Green 65′

A radical change in temperature from our match two weeks ago in Saginaw.  Cold, with a chilly rain. It didn’t dampen the spirits of those who turned out for another fun afternoon supporting the team.  The Lawrence Tech Athletic Field held bleacher seating for about five-hundred, and we made ourselves at home.

City won the match on goals by Cyrus Saydee and Roddy Green.

A portion of the proceeds from the match were donated to a member of the Lawrence Tech family – Sean English.  English, a seventeen-year-old student at University of Detroit Jesuit, and Dr. Cynthia Ray of Henry Ford Hospital, had stopped on I-96 to assist motorists in a car crash.  A car struck them both, resulting in the death of Dr. Ray and serious injuries to English.

 

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April 15, 2017: at Saginaw Valley State University (Friendly)

April 15, 2017
Pre-Season Friendly
Saginaw Valley State University 1, Detroit City FC 3
Braddock Field, University City, Michigan
Attendance: ?
8′  Detroit City FC Cyrus Saydee (Jeff Adkins)

56′  Detroit City FC Jeff Adkins (PK)

82′  Saginaw Valley State University Alberto Gangutia (PK)
85′  Detroit City FC Tommy Catalano (Jeff Adkins)

Finally.  The passing of autumn and winter leads to spring, and the first sighting of our team.

Many of us traveled, gathering at Stardust Lanes in Saginaw before the contest.  The weather cooperated, as it appeared spring was going to be skipped.  The sun blazed, and the temperature hit 82 degrees.  And windy.  I was glad I had last year’s sunscreen lotion still in the car.

It was a good tune-up for both the team and supporters.  A promising result.

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