Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Writer. Attorney. Detroit City FC Til I Die.

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.

 

 

June 15, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Hart Park, Wauwautosa, WI
Milwaukee Torrent 0, Detroit City FC 1
Attendance: ?
Record:  4-1-2 = 13pts

DCFC Brad Centala 76′

Last year, our match in Milwaukee was on a Sunday afternoon, which enabled Rouge Rovers to charter a bus and arrive by other means on their own, to create an experience the Torrent did not expect.  Confirmation came in the form of the 2018 schedule, where the Milwaukee away match was set for a Friday night.  A lot more difficult for Detroit supporters to make the trek.

However, my schedule was open, and I decided to take the unconventional route.  Instead of driving through Chicago to get there, I left a day early, and went by way of the Upper Peninsula.

A lifetime Michigander, I had only been up to the U.P. once, and that was in 2017, the day after the big win against AFC Ann Arbor, to visit a client in the prison in Newberry.  Also, I needed an excuse to go to Marquette to visit Snowbound Books, a Michigan independent book store that was part of a book tote promotion.  In the process, a couple of touristy stops were made.

 

Why not visit Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry en route to Marquette.

After arriving at the hotel in Marquette, time to earn my Snowbound Books check-mark on the book tote.

The next day, word of an indie bookstore (not on the book tote) in Escanaba made of a quick stop before the rain began.

Prior to the trip, I highlighted the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary as a good spot to stretch the legs.  It was pouring upon arrival, which dampened the plans for an outdoor stroll.  But inside the Observation/Rehabilitation Building, injured animals were being cared for, including…bats!

The stormy ride ended near Milwaukee.  Greeted at the hotel under sunny skies, I checked in, then headed to Wauwautosa.  I remembered the independent book store just down the street from last year’s trip, so I popped in again.

The Friday night schedule did prevent the kind of numbers Rouge Rovers could have brought to the game.  But looking at the other side of the pitch, it deterred their fans from showing as well.

A feisty, hard-battled first half ended scoreless.

It was almost a disaster when, in the second half, a Milwaukee forward stormed in on goal, Fernando Pina the last man back.  The Torrent player chipped the ball beyond Pina, but it struck one post, crossed the face of the net and struck the other, without crossing the line.

 

In the 76th minute, City scored the only goal of the match.

 

The next day, the drive home went through Chicago (blowing through the Express Pass lane on one of the toll roads by mistake), to St. Joseph for lunch and a leg stretch, then home.

Google maps had the trip measured at 1,193 miles and 19 hours, 6 minutes.  The three hours lost must have been by driving through the storm from Escanaba to Milwaukee, and, of course, Chicago.

 

June 10, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 0, AFC Ann Arbor 1
Attendance: 5,870
Record: 3-1-2 = 10pts

AFCAA   Chris Odhiambo (AZ Lindi) 54′

Of the nineteen teams that Detroit City FC has faced in the NPSL since 2012, there is only one team we have a losing regular season record with – AFC Ann Arbor.  And the trend continued in this tightly battled match.

 

 

Enjoy the photos/videos.  There’s not much to say about this one.  Smothering defense by AFC Ann Arbor kept City at bay.  It’s been feast or famine when it’s come to goal scoring this season.

With the first half of the season complete, we’re done with FC Columbus, AFC Ann Arbor, and FC Indiana.  The 3 wins, 1 draw, 2 loss record has to improve against Grand Rapids FC, Kalamazoo FC, and Milwaukee Torrent if City’s going to make the playoffs.

 

June 1, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Detroit City FC 8, FC Indiana 0
Attendance: 5,451
Record: 3-0-1 = 9pts

DCFC Stephen Carroll 4′
DCFC Shawn Lawson (Stephen Carroll) 45′
DCFC Rafael Mentzinger (Shawn Lawson) 45′
DCFC Seb Harris – PK 54′
DCFC Trevor Amann (David Edwardson) 63′
DCFC Brogan Shrimpton (Jake Rudel) 72′
DCFC Dave Edwardson 73′
DCFC Trevor Amann (Jake Rudel) 82′

Less than a week after thumping FC Indiana 11-0 on their pitch, Detroit City FC was blessed by the schedule-makers who arranged for the next match to be at Keyworth.  I don’t believe there was any doubt that City would win this match.  The only question was how many goals would scored at Keyworth?

 

The hint of another blowout began early, when FC Indiana keeper Sebatian Uranga took out a City player outside the box, creating a spot kick.  Up stepped Stephen Carroll….

 

 

The game settled, and FC Indiana stood firm.  In the 39th minute, Uranga, the Indy keeper, strayed from the box and handled the ball, earning him his second yellow card of the match.  With Indy down a man, City scored two goals before the first-half whistle.  Shawn Lawson netted the first one…

…then Rafa Mentzinger scored, and City led 3-0 at the half.

It was Polish-American Heritage Night at Keyworth.

It took nine minutes for City to score their fourth when Seb Harris took this penalty kick.

At the 63rd minute, Trevor Amann found the back of the net.  5-0.

Brogan Shrimpton, who scored a hat trick in Lafayette, added a goal at the 72nd minute.  6-0.

Dave Edwardson blasted home the extra point a minute later.  7-0.

In the 82nd minute, Trevor Amann wrapped up the scoring with this goal.

Four matches in the books, and City had won three of them.  The 20-1 goal differential was impressive, but not every team in the division would be this easy to score on.

The large notepad with -39 written on it was FC Indiana’s goal differential at the end of the game, as a page was removed and the number updated after each goal scored against them.

May 27, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Legacy Sports Club, Lafayette, IN
FC Indiana 0, Detroit City FC 11
Attendance: ? (I probably could have counted everyone present).
Record:  2-0-1 = 6 pts

DCFC  Stephen Carroll (Danny Deakin) 14′
DCFC  Danny Deakin 21′
DCFC  Roddy Green (Adan Garcia) 30′
DCFC  Shawn Lawson 31′
DCFC  Danny Deakin 43′
DCFC  Trevor Amann 58′
DCFC  Rafael Mentzingen (Trevor Amann) 71′
DCFC  Brogan Shrimpton (Adan Garcia) 74′
DCFC  Brogan Shrimpton (Rafael Mentzingen) 76′
DCFC  Rafael Mentzingen 79′
DCFC  Brogan Shrimpton 80′

FC Indiana.  Last year’s experience was so much fun.  But instead of making a long day of it driving there and back, I went a day early and spent the night.  It gave me a chance to do a little sight-seeing in Lafayette.

 

After I checked in, I made my way downtown.  Of course, if there’s a book store, that’s a must-see.  And Von’s was not disappointing at all.  A huge inventory worth perusing.  But I was also hungry from the long drive, and spotted an Indian restaurant that had a lovely buffet.

My mouth’s watering just recalling how good everything on that plate was.

The next day, after hanging out with the Rouge Rovers at Digby’s, it was on to the cornfield for the match.

      

As it grew closer to game time, the hotter it got.  FC Indiana’s organization was better prepared for us than last year.

And as the afternoon’s heat began to sizzle and burn, so, too, did my camera and Detroit City FC.  The new Pentax K-70 turned itself off a few times to prevent itself from overheating.  Fortunately, I brought the reliable Sony as well. But City?  Oh did they burn up the field.  If this were a hockey game, the FC Indiana keeper would have had a burn on the back of his neck, not because of the sun, but because of the red light behind the goal’s continued flashing.

Stephen Carroll opened the scoring in the 14th minute…

After Danny Deakin doubled the score in the 21st minute, Roddy Green made it three-nil in the 30th minute.

Shawn Lawson and Danny Deakin closed out the half with goals in the 31st and 43rd minutes, respectively, giving City a 5-0 halftime lead.

 

Nothing was putting this fire out.  Trevor Amann added a sixth at the 58th minute.

 

Rafa Mentzingen made the extra-point in the 71st minute.  Detroit City 7, FC Indiana 0.

Three minutes later, Adan Garcia drives down the right side, pulling the keeper towards him, then sends a pass to the wide open Brogan Shrimpton.  8-0.

Shrimpton added another just two minutes later.  9-0.

In the 79th minute, Rafa Mentzingen scored, and the Rouge Rovers had something new to chant.

In the 80th minute, Brogan Shrimpton completed his hat-trick.  In the span of ten minutes, City scored five goals, three of them by Shrimpton.

 

The day that Detroit City FC goes pro will be a great one.  The only downside will be these weekends where we play at Keyworth before over 5,000 fans, then come here in less than 48 hours where Rouge Rovers outnumber the local fans, in a cozy field.

May 25, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Detroit City FC 1, FC Columbus 0
Attendance: 5,644
Record: 1-0-1 = 3 pts

DCFC Shawn Lawson (Seb Harris) 85′

With four amazing home matches already under our belt, the NPSL Regular Season Home Opener had the usual buzz and electricity about it.  And it was our introduction to the new team in the league, FC Columbus.

It is encouraging to see this team enter the league.  TVSA Santos FC is the parent organization of FC Columbus, which has been developing youth players in central Ohio since 1990.  This team could be the next step in the growth and evolution of their program.

Another truly awesome tifo created by the Northern Guard Supporters.

 

The first half consisted of sluggish play, resulting in a scoreless forty-five minutes with FC Columbus the dominating team.  Perhaps it was a half-time talk by Coach Pirmann that lit the fire, because in the second half, Detroit City picked up the pace.

 

 

Late in the match, City could count on Cyrus Saydee, Roddy Green, Seb Harris, and Shawn Lawson to combine on the winning goal.

 

 

 

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