Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Writer. Attorney. Detroit City FC Til I Die.

June 22, 2019
NPSL Regular Season Match
Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH
FC Columbus 0, Detroit City FC 3

DCFC Max Todd (Shawn Lawson) 23′
DCFC Cyrus Saydee (Danny Deakin) 50′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (Danny Deakin) 57′

Record: 7-2-1 = 23 points, First Place.
Prideraiser Goals = 18

Another trip into Ohio.  This time, to the state’s capital – Columbus – to a stadium very near the airport.

Once again, City was just dominating.  A goal in the first half by Max Todd…

…and two in the second half by Cyrus Saydee and Shawn Lawson, respectively.

It doesn’t matter who we put in net.  Hunter Morse played the first half, Owen Finnerty played the second, and City kept another clean sheet for the 8th straight match.  As for the State of Ohio, City has taken 58 out of a possible 69 points from Ohio-based teams, compiling an 18 wins, 4 draws, and 1 loss record.

 

Maki-vision streaming the match back home.

 

     

June 16, 2019
NPSL Regular Season
St. John’s Lyden Field, Toledo, OH
Toledo Villa FC 0, Detroit City FC 5
Attendance:  More Rouge Rovers than Villa fans

Record: 6-2-1 = 20 pts. 1st Place
Prideraiser
Goal Total:  15

DCFC Tommy Buono (Danny Deakin) 11′
DCFC Seb Harris (Danny Deakin) 53′
DCFC Cyrus Saydee (Danny Deakin) 77′
DCFC Danny Deakin 80′
DCFC Shawn Lawson 84′

Red Card: Toledo Villa FC Colin McCort 61′
Red Card: DCFC Michael Pimlot 81′

This season, we had to make two trips to that four-letter word state south of Michigan – Ohio.  That meant Northern Guard Supporters bringing their scarf containing its controversial message:

Toledo Villa FC was the new kid to the party, and it had been a bumpy ride for them.  Going into the match, their record was six losses and a draw, with four goals and twenty-two scored against them, making FC Indiana look good.

 

But this was also a family affair.  Brothers Roddy and Tyler Green could, and did, see time on the pitch, opposing each other.


The drive down on this Father’s Day was rainy.  Fortunately for the match, the rain stopped, but the sky remained gray.

 

Tommy Buono gave City the early lead.

Looks like someone drained the swamp.

 

Buono’s goal carried the team into the half.

 

Toledo was getting some looks.  But Seb Harris doubled the lead in the 53’rd minute.

Toledo’s Colin McCort was shown a red card in the 61st minute.  Sixteen minutes later, Cyrus Saydee scored, giving City a 3-0 lead.  And there was much rejoicing.

Then, in the 80th minute, Danny Deakin added a goal to his three assist afternoon.  And there was more rejoicing.

  

In the 81st minute, City’s Michael Pimlot was shown a red card, leveling the playing field to ten men.  Three minutes later, Shawn Lawson closed out the scoring.

 

Six straight wins.
Seven straight games without a loss.
Seven straight shutouts.
Freaking Amazing!

June 14, 2019
NPSL Regular Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 2, Michigan Stars FC 0
Attendance: 6,872

Record 5-2-1 = 17 points, 2nd Place
PrideRaiser goal total:  10

DCFC  Max Todd (Jalen Crisler) 59′
DCFC  Max Todd (PK) 81′

Detroit City FC has played seven games up to this point, giving up only three goals – all them in the second match of the season.  Seven clean sheets in eight matches.  540 consecutive minutes without a single ball entering the net behind our keepers.

Freakin’ amazing.

And tonight, the streak would extend another 90 minutes, as the Stars couldn’t penetrate the City defense.

 

Stars keeper, Tatenda Mkuruva, seemed to have a leg problem…all night long.  This is just one of the three or four times that he went down.  Thing is, most of them occurred in the first half, so it was surprising to see him still on the pitch when the teams returned from the locker room for the second half.

It was another dominating half without either conceding or scoring a goal.  Detroit Lions wide-receiver Marvin Jones Jr., supported Le Rouge from the suites.

Max Todd subbed in at around the 58′ mark, and his impact was almost immediate.

 

 

June 9, 2019
NPSL Regular Season
Houseman Field, Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids FC 0, Detroit City FC 0
Attendance: a few of them, a good number of us

Record 4-2-1 = 14 points
Prideraiser Goal Total = 8

 

This was eerie.  It was like making a hotel reservation only to arrive on a gray and misty day to find an old, empty building in a once bustling location.

Our visits to Grand Rapids FC have been…unique.  In 2016, Detroit City FC suffered its worst ever league defeat at a crowded Houseman Field.  Then, in 2017, we shut them down while playing in the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball stadium.  Last year, it was a wild, 4-4 draw, still before a pretty decent turnout of Grand Rapids fans.

2016

dsc08120

2017

2018

But on this dreary, drizzly, Sunday matinee, there was barely anyone on the home-side of the field.

The other oddity of these trips to Grand Rapids has centered on the keeper.  In 2016, Cody Lang played his first City match after flying in from the State of Washington.  In 2017, Nate Steinwascher stopped a key PK in the first half, when the match was scoreless.  Last year, again we had keeper Damon Favero play his first match for City.  In the two matches where we had first-time starters in net, we leaked 9 goals.

Coming into the match, City was riding a four-game undefeated streak, and four straight clean sheets with University of Michigan keeper Owen Finnerty in goal.  I’ll confess.  Due to our history here, I was concerned about Michigan State University keeper Hunter Morse making his City debut.

 

In the 29th minute, Hunter Morse came up with a huge PK save.

 

This was a tight affair, with Morse’s PK save the highlight.  Despite being a competitive team, the empty feeling of the field this afternoon gave me a wee bit of sadness for the absence of foes in the stands.

 

June 7, 2019
NPSL Regular Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 5, FC Indiana 0
Attendance: 6,910
PrideRaiser goal total:  8
Pledged amount: over $700 per goal.

DCFC Bakie Goodman (Cyrus Saydee) 6′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (Max Todd) 48′
DCFC Max Todd 56′
DCFC Cyrus Saydee (Shawn Lawson) 65′
DCFC Santiago Agudelo (Max Todd) 67′

Another beautiful evening, yet I didn’t take advantage of it.  I seemed to be off my game, catching only the final goal.

It was Polish Heritage Night at Keyworth, and at halftime we had a few groups of dancers performing on the pitch.

Besides the scoreline, there was similarity in this match to our trip to Lafayette a couple weeks prior.   We scored an early goal, this time in the 6th minute by Bakie Goodman, and while dominating the play, we went into the locker room at halftime with a 1-0 lead.  In Indiana, we scored three goals in an 8 minute span, and tallied one in stoppage time.  Tonight, we put four past Indiana’s keeper within 19 minutes, three of them within 11 minutes of each other.

The undefeated streak extended to four games (a draw and three consecutive wins), and finish the match without having conceded a goal in 360 consecutive minutes.  University of Michigan keeper Owen Finnerty has kept the scoresheet clean in four-straight.

 

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2019
NPSL Regular Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 3, FC Columbus 0
Attendance: 5,746

DCFC: Shawn Lawson (Kervin Kenton) 56′
DCFC: Moussa Gueye (Max Todd) 72′
DCFC: Cyrus Saydee (Danny Deakin) 81′

3-1-1 = 10 points, 3rd Place.

Prideraiser Goals:  3

It’s June!  That means it’s Prideraiser Month!

Prideraiser is a coalition of independent soccer supporters that raise money for LGBTQ causes.  Supporters pledge a dollar amount per goal their team scores in the month of June, which will then be donated to local LGBTQ causes.  At the beginning of this game, NGS had accumulated pledges amounting to $580 per goal.

It was a beautiful and colorful afternoon at Keyworth.

 

In the 37th minute, City’s Oscar Gonzalez and a Columbus defender knocked heads, causing both players to leave the match.

 

City dominated the play, however a stingy defense kept the match scoreless going into the half.

The deadlock was broken at the 56’th minute with this goal by Shawn Lawson after receiving a great feed from Kervin Kenton.

 

Then, at the 72nd minute, Moussa Gueye heads in City’s second goal.

Finally, Cyrus Saydee taps in a beautiful pass from Danny Deakin in the 81st minute.

 

This was City’s third straight match without a loss, and third straight match without conceding a goal.

The amazing tifo that was displayed at the previous home match against AFC Ann Arbor, honoring past and present legends, were displayed around Keyworth stadium for all to see.

 

History was made on September 28, 2019.  During halftime of the Detroit City FC/Napa Valley 1839 FC match, Sean Mann announced Detroit City FC’s commitment to women’s soccer by establishing a team that would play in United Women’s Soccer in 2020.

 

By December 12, 2019, Detroit City FC named Salvatore Piraine as the women’s team’s head coach.

On January 4, 2020, sixty women registered to attend the inaugural tryouts for the women’s team.  Friends, family, and the Northern Guard Supporters attended the two hours of scrimmaging on both fields at the Detroit City Fieldhouse, as Coach Piraine and his assistants took note of potential Detroit City FC players.

%d bloggers like this: