May 14, 2017
Hurley Field, Berkley, MI
NPSL Regular Season Match
Michigan Stars FC 2, DCFC 2
DCFC David Edwardson (Derrick Otim) 5′
DCFC Adam Spinks (Cyrus Saydee) 30′
Stars Austin Ricci 60′
Stars Kyle Thompson (Nash Popovic) 90+’
Hurley Field in Berkley has been home to four pre-season friendlies for Detroit City FC the previous three seasons [wins over Saginaw Valley State University (2014) and Muskegon Risers (2016), a draw vs Saginaw Valley State University (2015), and a loss to the Michigan State Spartans (2015)].
We’ve also entered this stadium as visitors in the inaugural NPSL match of FC Sparta Michigan/Michigan Stars/Michigan Stars FC (a 5-1 thumping). After a season here, then a season in Dearborn, and two seasons in Pontiac, the Stars returned to Hurley, and we were planning on making ourselves at home in their house once more.
Five minutes in, the potential for another thrashing of the Stars arrived when David Edwardson beat the Stars’ keeper, Antyhony Mwembia.
At the 30th minute, Adam Spinks doubled City’s lead. When the half-time whistle blew, Le Rouge led 2-0.
In the second half, the Stars’ Austin Ricci scored in the 60th minute, giving the Detroit City faithful pause, hoping that it wasn’t deja vu all over again. A sigh of relief came when City was awarded a penalty kick in the 85th minute. It was short-lived as Mwembia made the save, keeping the Stars in the match. Last minute heroics by Kyle Thompson leveled the score.
Two matches. Two draws. Three leads conceded. An ominous opening weekend.