July 27, 2016: vs Windsor Stars (Friendly)

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July 27, 2016
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI
Friendly
Detroit City FC 3, Windsor Stars 1
DCFC  Dave Edwardson 2′
DCFC  Own Goal (Jamar Kelly) 36′
DCFC  Tommy Catalano 43′
STARS  Michael Pio 50′
Attendance:  6,025

Unlike the first grandbaby who arrived less than 20 hours prior to the match against the Columbus Crew College Program, grandbaby #2 emerged early in the morning the day before.

Louella Skye Kitchen-Buschel was born on July 26, 2016, at 1:37 AM.  The 21-inch “little” girl weighed in at 9 lbs, 13 oz.

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Life moves too fast sometimes.  In July, 2015, there wasn’t a being on the planet who could call me “Grandpa.”  By the end of July, 2016, there were six; babies Leon & Louella, Colin’s boys Chad & Dean, and the two children my daughter and son-in-law became foster parents to.

Tonight was also a first for me.  It was the first time I requested a media pass.  To be honest, I’ve never considered myself media.  Sure, back when I was photographing Detroit Vipers games in the late 1990’s for a hockey publication, I was media.  But I came into this as a fan who brought my camera because I enjoy capturing life in the moment – whether they be of humans in action or squirrels in my yard.  Then, this team and its support launched into unexpected popularity, and well, here I am, creating an internet Detroit City FC scrapbook of every home game I’ve been to, and the several road trips I’ve made.

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It was beach party night in the NGS Section.

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The atmosphere created by NGS, the new angles from the pitch, the new challenge of staying out of the way of the soccer ball whizzing by at a comet’s pace, and Dave Edwardson starting us off with a goal in the third minute, made the game effervescent with fun.  After doubling the lead on an own goal by Windsor defender Jamar Kelly, Tommy Catalano’s goal in the 43rd minute not only put us in control of the match, but also stirred up a little bitterness from Windsor’s keeper.

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At halftime, it was time to present the 2016 Black Arrow Award to the team’s Most Valuable Player.

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On July 11, 2016, The Detroit News ran an article about Detroit City FC players and their day-jobs.  It reported that Tommy Catalano was training to be a journeyman electrician.  Adding a DCFC practice or game to working an eleven-hour shift, six days a week at his inside construction wireman apprenticeship, makes for some long days.  Yet, the young man was among the team leaders in goals-scored, well deserving of the MVP award.

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And to wrap up the evening and season, a final, full-field, supporter/team Tetris.

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So, do I seek a media pass next year?  I’m certainly giving it serious thought.

 

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July 22, 2015: Windsor Stars (friendly)

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July 22, 2015
Detroit City FC 0, Windsor Stars 1
Windsor 61′
Attendance:  3,485

A massive Wednesday night crowd of almost 3,500 sent Le Rouge off to Madison with encouragement to bring the division trophy home.

A 1-0 win by Windsor did not quell the enthusiasm of the night.  I photographed the first half, but took the second half off to immerse myself in the Supporters Section.  At the 85th minute, it all let loose.  The Northern Guard Supporters had stocked up on smoke, in anticipation of hosting the playoffs.  It all went off during those final five minutes of the night.

The evening ended with a team and supporter Tetris held on the pitch at Cass.

On with the show:

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2015 Black Arrow Award Winner is….

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David Edwardson!!!DSC00774 DSC00777 DSC00779 DSC00780 DSC00782 DSC00784 DSC00785 DSC00788 DSC00789 DSC00790 DSC00791 DSC00795 DSC00803 DSC00806