The D Zone

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Detroit City FC takes down Cincinnati 1-0, in Home Opener

The Detroit City FC Le Rouge continued their 13 game regular season unbeaten streak on May 10th to kickoff the NPSL 2014 season.  The Le Rouge play their games at Cass Tech High School, with the Tigers playing at the same time, the atmosphere was alive all morning, as 2,147 fans made their way for the homeopener vs. Cincinnati Saints, a new member of the NPSL.

Detroit City FC used their signature fast tempo style to cause endless amount of turnovers, crosses, and crafty passing to setup chance on offense.  In the 37th minute, Cass Tech struck gold with their lone goal of the game and never really allowed a decent scoring chance for Cincinnati besides on their set pieces which were not executed.

The game did not start on time thanks to a 9 month surplus of smoke bombs that engulfed the whole pitch.  Cincinnati well out of their element waited frustrated as they waited for the ref to blow the whistle.  After possession went back and forth, Le Rouge quickly looked in 2013 form when David Edwardson, the Core Power Man of the Match found Forest Hills Eastern / Saginaw Valley State's, Zach Myers and his shot just barely missed the goal.  Myers was looking to make team history today, which he would and we'll get to that later.

Newcomers, Tyler Arnone (University of Michigan) who gave back the #2 jersey that he borrowed from Jeff Adkins (Utica / Butler) and wore #11, Colin McAtee (Michigan) and Williams Mellors-Blaire (Michigan) rekindled their collegiate experience together and in the 1st 20 minutes, each had a scoring chance setup from each other, Mellors-Blaire header was corralled by the Saints Goalkeeper and McAtee ripped a shot that was over the bar.

In the 37th minute, Colin McAtee delivered a low cross to Zach Myers who made a little slide to send the ball in the back of the net and madness ensued for the Le Rouge faithful to celebrate their 1st goal of the 2014 season.  Myers goal moved him to a tie of 9 goals scored with Knox Cameron. Myers goal in friendly has lifted his total to 10 goals scored in a Le Rouge jersey.

Cincinnati had the best chance to score in the rest of the 1st half thanks to a free kick outside of the box but Notre Dame Prep / Coastal Carolina Goalkeeper Coach, Bret Mollon didn't worry as the shot caused no panic, Detroit City FC went into the break 1-0.

In the 2nd half, Detroit City FC didn't relinquish their attack and with Cyrus Saydee (Lansing Everett / Michigan State) and David Edwardson feeding passes left and right, the Le Rouge were knocking on the door a lot in the 2nd half but their shots, were either right at the goalie or slightly off target.

In the 2nd half a fresh, Jeff Adkins created several scoring chances with his shiftiness and speed.  In the 88th minute, Adkins delivered a seed to TJ VanSlooten - Grand Rapids Northview / Michigan but the waist level cross was pushed wide.

On defense, the most active player appeared to be Seb Harris, another player making his debut in Rouge.  Harris never relented on his aggressive defensive style.  The Defender/Forward saw action in England and simply dominated the opposing forwards today.  The 6'3" defender out muscled opponents on the ball and had several steals and nice moves to create separation to deliver a pass.

Josh Rogers as usual was solid and performed at a high level, like he normally does.  If Harris and Rogers are to play this whole season together, this will form one of the strongest defensive pairings in the league.

Although the defense gave Bret Mollon an easy day, with 2 blocked set pieces, Mollon was still solid when the ball was in his vicinity.  Mollon faced no real challenge as he racked in a few saves to earn the shutout.

Detroit City FC will now host the Michigan Stars on Friday night at 7pm at Cass Tech, in another game where they will see an unfamiliar team but should see a lot of familiar faces.  Detroit City FC will look to move their regular season winning streak to 3 games and unbeaten streak to 14 games vs. the Stars.

Updated as of 5/11 - Overall Goals (Through 3 Seasons):

Zach Myers (Forest Hills Eastern / Saginaw Valley State) - 9 goals
Knox Cameron (University of Michigan) - 9 goals
Kevin Taylor (Ann Arbor Pioneer Varsity Soccer Head Coach) - 6 goals
Kyle Bethel (Oakland University) - 5 goals
Adam Bedell (Churchill / University of Detroit) - 4 goals
Keith Lough (Northwood University) - 4 goals
Stefan St. Louis (Oakland University) - 3 goals
Lachlan Savage (Salem / Saginaw Valley State) - 2 goals
Grant Chong (Brighton / Syracuse) - 2 goals
Jeff Adkins (Utica / Butler University) - 2 goals
Wade Allen (Eisenhower / Oakland University) - 2 goals
David Dwaihy (Grosse Pointe North / Kalamazoo College) - 2 goals
Cyrus Saydee (Lansing Everett / Michigan State) - 2 goals
Austin Oldham (Butler University) - 2 goals
Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (University of Michigan) - 2 goals
Latif Alashe (Northville / University of Michigan) - 1 goal
Miche'le Lipari (De La Salle / Oakland University) - 1 goal
Zeke Harris (Carman-Ainsworth / University of Michigan) - 1 goal
Jordan Tyler (Stoney Creek / Penn State) - 1 goal
Ugo Uche (Pioneer / New Hampshire University) - 1 goal
Tom Oatley (Ann Arbor Huron / Western Michigan University) - 1 goal
Jon Evans (Woodhaven / Oakland University) - 1 goal
Craig Hearn (North Farmingston / Michigan State University) - 1 goal
Shawn Claude Lawson (Oakland University) - 1 goal
*67 total goals: 64 goals plus 2 owns goals


Zach Myers (Forest Hills Eastern / Saginaw Valley State) - 1 goal
Wade Allen (Eisenhower / Oakland University) - 1 goal
Grant Chong (Brighton / Syracuse) - 1 goal
Tariq Akeel (Country Day / Brown) - 1 goal
Austin Oldham (Butler University) - 1 goal
*5 total goals

US Open Cup:
Kevin Taylor (Ann Arbor Pioneer Varsity Soccer Head Coach) - 1 goal
* 1 total goal

Overall Detroit City has a record 18-4-6 and 1-2-1 in exhibition / friendly games and 0-1 in US Open Cup Tournament. 

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