Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Writer. Attorney. Detroit City FC Til I Die.

July 31, 2018
International Friendly
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 0, Frosinone Calcio 10
Attendance: 7,887

FC  Camilio Ciano (Cristian Molinaro) 7′
FC  Edoardo Goldaniga 17′
FC  Paolo Sammarco 28′
FC Paolo Sammarco (Christian Molinaro) 30′
FC Brad Centala (DCFC Own Goal) 48′
FC  Paolo Ghiglione  53′
FC  Emmanuel Besea (Camilio Ciano) 61′
FC  Luca Matarese 66′
FC  Paolo Ghiglione 85′

A rainy Tuesday night, international friendly and last match of the year.  Could have been a downer.  A 10-0 loss could have been depressing.

Instead, it was a blast.

Frosinone Calcio is a newly promoted team into Serie A from Frosinone, Lazio.  Their home pitch, Stadio Benito Stirpe, has a grass turf.  The stadium broke ground in 1974 but didn’t open until 2017.

Founding members of Ciociaro Club in Canada have roots in Frosinone, and hosted the club prior to the match.  Busloads crossed the Detroit River in order to watch the team play.  With their help, and the Detroit City FC community, the game’s attendance of 7,887 was the largest in our seven-year history.


You’ll notice the Stand With Chatta two-stick.  Our brothers – Chattanooga FC – experienced the jolt of having a Board member and their General Manager leave the club, to join a Utah investor in putting a USL D-III team in Chattanooga.  Chattanooga FC is a community-modeled team that have grown large crowds to their NPSL club over the last decade.  The announcement sparked controversy because the USL team would fall under the MLS umbrella of ‘franchise’ teams versus community.  We strongly support Chattanooga FC and their supporters’ group, The Chattahooligans.


The ten goals run up by the Serie A team may seem demoralizing, but not for us.  Without a goal, and the final match of the season, there was a lot of smoke to use up, and in the final five minutes, the Northern Guard Supporters found a way to keep Frosinone from scoring an eleventh.  We smoked them out.




And, typical of our international friendlies, our guest joined in celebrating with our team and supporters.

This was the best 10-0 loss ever.  Of course, it concluded with the traditional pitch-wide Tetris.



July 24, 2018
International Friendly
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 4, Windsor TFC 0
Attendance: 7,097

DCFC Shawn Lawson (Kervin Kenton) 38′
DCFC Kervin Kenton (Jeff Adkins) 51′
DCFC Trevor Amann (Jeff Adkins) 73′
DCFC Trevor Amann (Cyrus Saydee) 78′

This tends to be the final match day of the season, and is generally a party atmosphere before the long layoff.  It is also the match where The Black Arrow Award is presented to Detroit City FC’s Most Valuable Player.

On this Tuesday night, it was amazing the number of fans who showed filled Keyworth.





I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this on any of the previous match pages, but in the Scottish Register of Tartans, the Northern Guard has registered its own design.  John Sarge, below, models the tartan kilt.

Shawn Lawson scores in the 38th minute, much to the ball-kid’s delight.


And now, for the presentation of the Black Arrow Award…


Kervin Kenton  makes it two-zip in the 51st minute.

Trevor Amann added two goals – in the 73rd and 78th minutes – as it was an easy night for the Rouge and Gold.


Traditionally, this is the last match of the season.  But fortunately, we have one more international friendly to go.


July 10, 2018
International Friendly
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 1, Club Necaxa 2
Attendance: 7,449

Necaxa Carlos Camacho 55′
Necaxa Victor Davila (PK) 86′
DCFC Trevor Amann (Shawn Lawson) 86′

What is the most watched soccer league in the United States?  MLS?  English Premiere League?

Neither.  It’s Liga MX.  Significantly larger than the other two.

So it should not be a surprise that when Club Necaxa arrived at Keyworth for a friendly, we’d have our second largest crowd in history.

One of our loyal supporters – Vytautas Malesh – earned his doctorate from Wayne State University this spring, which opened the door to a position at Florida International University in the Department of English’s writing and rhetoric program.  He had to leave us after the Milwaukee match.

Each season, “Tiger” would create and don a helmet.  With the opening of the Detroit City Fieldhouse in late fall, he donated the helmets to the team so they could be displayed at the facility.  This evening, the Northern Guard honored him with the drum line wearing his creations.

Club Necaxa hails from Aguascalientes City, the capital of Aguascalientes, and play their matches in Estadia Victoria, just over 2,100 miles from Keyworth.

Founded in 1923, Club Necaxa recently won the Clausura 2018 Copa MX.  Hosting this legendary club is truly an honor.

The field was tipped toward the City end during the half, but the match remained scoreless at the break.

Club Necaxa continued the dominance, and Carlos Camacho scored in the 55th minute.  A half hour later, they were awarded a penalty kick which Victor Davila converted.  But City came right back.  Shawn Lawson made this sweet move around the Club Necaxa defender, then fed the ball to Trevor Amann to tap in.


Mexico becomes the sixth country (Canada, England, Northern Ireland, Italy, and Germany) from which we have hosted a professional team.

July 1, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 6, Milwaukee Torrent 1
Attendance: 5,332
Record: 5-3-3 18pts

DCFC David Edwardson (Roddy Green) 7′
Milw. Mark Hutchinson (Andrew Weidbach) 32′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (Roddy Green) 42′
DCFC Trevor Amann 49′
DCFC Jonathan Barnes (Brogan Shrimpton) 82′
DCFC Jakub Svehlik (Jonathan Barnes) 85′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (Jakub Svehlik) 90+


It was freaking humid once again for this Sunday afternoon final home match of the NPSL regular season.  Eliminated from playoff contention, we had the potential of experiencing the season melt in the heat, or end with a bang.  Fortunately, City came out and delivered the latter.


Dave Edwardson fired the first shot of the six-goal explosion in the 7th minute.


After Milwaukee’s Mark Hutchinson leveled the match in the 32nd minute, City regained the lead ten minutes later with Shawn Lawson’s goal.  The half ended 2-1, and Roddy Green had assisted on both City goals.

Only four minutes into the second half, Trevor Amann scored.


In the 82nd minute, Jonathan Barnes increased the lead to 4-1.


Then, three minutes later, Barnes fed a pass to Jakob Svehlik, who scored, making it 5-1.

Then it was Svehlik’s turn as, in added time, he fed the ball to Shawn Lawson.  6-1.



The NPSL season would end in Kalamazoo the following Saturday.  It was not the season we had hoped, especially following last year’s epic.  But the memories of another victory over the Bucks in the Open Cup, the goal-scoring frenzy in both the home and away matches against FC Indiana, and this home finale provided some fun memories.  As a bonus, City still had three international friendlies on its schedule for the month of July.

June 29, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Houseman Field, Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids FC 4, Detroit City FC 4
Attendance: ?
Record: 4-3-3 = 15pts

GRFC Matt Whelan (Cam Cavanaugh) 5′
DCFC Jakub Svehlik 15′
GRFC Scott Doney (Kenroy Howell) 45+’
DCFC Grand Rapids Own Goal (Trent Vegter) 52′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (PK) 62′
GRFC Matt Whelan 63′
GRFC Caleb Postlewait (Matt Whelan) 80′
DCFC Roddy Green (David Edwardson) 90+

Another bloody hot night for a bloody hot match in Grand Rapids.  Playoffs on the line, this had the makings of being an exciting match.  And it did not disappoint (well, maybe the result did, but the 90 minutes of match play was great).

It was so hot, many of us Rouge Rovers crowded in the shade until we had to get out in that sun.


Matt Whelan put Grand Rapids on the scoresheet in the 5th minute.

And City equalized with Jakob Svehlik’s goal in the 15th minute.  Bam!


Just before the half, Scott Doney put Grand Rapids up 2-1.  Didn’t matter.  The pace of the match kept us feeling confident that a City win was possible.

An own goal off the body of GRFC defender Trent Vegter leveled the game at two goals apiece in the 52nd minute.

Less than ten minutes later, Shawn Lawson was fouled by keeper Noah Fazekas in the box, setting up a penalty kick.  Up to the spot stepped Shawn Lawson…


But Grand Rapids was not about to roll over, fighting for the playoff position themselves, they rallied with two goals.  The first came almost immediately after Lawson’s penalty kick when Matt Whelan scored his second goal of the match in the 63rd minute.  Seventeen minutes later, a perfect strike off the foot of Caleb Postlewait put them ahead, 4-3.

There was still fight in City, as Roddy Green scored in added time to tie the match.

But there wasn’t enough time in the tank to snatch the three points.  We couldn’t complain about the effort the team this evening.  Two years ago, we walked out of this very stadium having suffered our team’s worst NPSL performance.  Tonight, they had everything to play for, and they put it all out there to the final second.  In the end, the playoffs were just not meant to be this season.

June 23, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 1, Kalamazoo FC 1
Attendance: 6,128
Record: 4-2-3 = 14pts.

KFC Jordan Veilette 2′
DCFC Brogan Shrimpton (Jakub Svehlik) 84′

Just seconds after that opening kickoff video, Kalamazoo grabbed a 1-0 lead.  City picked it up, and dominated the remainder of the half without finding an equalizer.

After the rain passed through, the sun peeked back out from behind the clouds, decorating the sky with rainbows throughout the evening.


In the 84th minute, Brogan Shrimpton knotted the match with this chip shot over KFC keeper Hasten Biddlecome.


Overall, it was a dominating performance by the Rouge and Gold.  The ball just couldn’t find its way into the back of the net often enough.  The road to the playoffs narrowed to the single lane of winning the final three matches and a little help from others.

June 17, 2019
NPSL Regular Season Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 0, Grand Rapids FC 2
Attendance: 5,077
Record:  4-1-3 – 13pts

GRFC Scott Doney 74′
GRFC Morris Kamara 90+’


Stifling.  That’s how the heat felt on this Father’s Day afternoon match.  So hot, my son and grandson beaded with sweat pre-match.

Tonight’s commemorative jerseys were auctioned off following the match in order to raise money for United Community Housing Coalition.  The non-profit UCHC has worked in Detroit to house the homeless and those on the brink of homelessness, including families and children, seniors, and veterans for over forty years.  It provides landlord tenant legal counseling, housing placement, tenant organizing, and tax and mortgage foreclosure prevention.  Each year, UCHC serves more than 6,000 homeless and at-risk Detroiters.  However, it will lose 40 percent of its funding under proposed cuts from the Trump Administration.  Last year, the charity commemorative jersey match raised $3,500 for Alternatives For Girls.

It was scoreless at the half, as the triple-digit heat fueled some nastiness on the pitch.  Also, City keeper, Fernando Pena, suffered an injury while making a save around the quarter-hour mark.  Though it was hot, the Pentax and I didn’t feel it, as the camera never once turned itself off like it did back in Indiana.


Held scoreless at home for the second straight match, playoff hopes began melting in mid-June.  Still, we love our boys in rouge.



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