Friday, March 25, 2016

Announcing FTLOF coverage of Detroit City FC and AFC Ann Arbor!

Robert Sherman is proud to announce a few very exciting changes to the old Sherman United blog.

First, introducing For the Love of Futbol: A Midwest based soccer blog!
 FTLOF is a Detroit based soccer blog-site dedicated to the coverage and growth of the semi-professional soccer market in both Detroit and Ann Arbor. Covering Detroit City FC and AFC Ann Arbor, FTLOF is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of semi-pro soccer in the Mid-West region.

I will be covering (both journalistic AND photographic) local semi-professional soccer clubs. Both teams are apart of the NPSL soccer-tier, playing out of the Mid-West region. These teams being the wildly popular Detroit City FC and the young up-start AFC Ann Arbor (who was recently added to the NPSL in the teams second year of existence).

Detroit City FC has a storied history in its four years of existence. Playing out of Cass Tech's stadium for its first three years of play, the team has recently purchased and is in the process of renovating Keyworth Stadium to be its home pitch. Owned by David Dwaihy, Todd Kropp, Sean Mann, Ben Steffans and Alex Wright, the team has taken the metro-Detroit area by storm. Not only known for its quality on the pitch, Le Rouge is dedicated to its community exemplified in its club motto: Passion for Our City, Passion for the Game. 

The team's passion for the city and the game of soccer is shown through its ever vulgar, rowdy and charismatic supporter group, the Northern Guard. The presence of the Northern Guard turns a Detroit City FC match into more than a game, but rather an experience. Coached by Michigan State University assistant coach Ben Pirmann, the team looks to be nothing but on the rise.

AFC Ann Arbor's website
AFC Ann Arbor has made quite a name for itself in the Midwest soccer environment despite having only been a club for a year. Playing its first season in the newly formed Great Lakes Premier League, the Mighty Oak averaged about 1,215 fans in its eight home games, AFC Ann Arbor turned the heads of local soccer pundits. Initially denied entry into the NPSL upon creation, the team from Ann Arbor and its ownership fought to prove that Washtenaw County had a viable soccer market, and they were right. 

Coached by Eric Rudland, a tenured soccer coach who has been an assistant coach with Crewe Alexandra FC over in the English Championship, Rudland looks to continue turning heads with the Mighty Oak in its first year in the NPSL. Competing in the post-season USASA Region II National Amateur Cup tournament, the Mighty Oak fought to make it into the finals, but eventually finished runner-ups. AFC Ann Arbor looks to continue its growth in the 2016 season and further build under its club motto: Strength in the Oak.

I look forward to providing coverage for both teams throughout the NPSL season, as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup!

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