Saturday, March 26, 2016

Northern Guard Supporters issue statement to other Supporter Groups


Detroit City FC's supporter group, the Northern Guard Supporters, have issued a statement on Saturday regarding the potential creation of an all Michigan derby-tournament.

It is worth nothing that within the Midwest-Great Lakes West Region of the NPSL, six of the seven clubs are indeed from Michigan.
It's an old football tradition, the rivalry match (better known as derby matches), typically having a higher level of play and an increased competitiveness amongst the clubs participating. Derby matches usually form out of long periods of regional competitions between teams and interactions between supporter groups. More famous world football derby's include the Manchester Derby (Manchester City/Manchester United), El Clasico (Real Madrid/FC Barcelona) and the MLS Cascadia Cup (Seattle Sounders/Vancouver Whitecaps/Portland Timbers). 

For the record, Detroit City FC is already involved in a rivalry trifecta. 
The Rust Belt Derby is a season long competition between Le Rouge, AFC Cleveland and FC Buffalo. DCFC has won the trophies in the last three seasons and was runner-up in its inaugural year.
Due to NPSL re-districting, it looks as if the Rust Belt Derby may be put on hold for the 2016 season, as DCFC, AFC Cleveland and FC Buffalo are in separate regions.  

The Rust Belt Derby trophy

"The state of Michigan already has a trophy," B.J. Jasinski, Northern Guard Supporter member said on Twitter.  "It's called the Great Lakes West Division."

It seems as if he may have a point.



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