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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Detroit City FC rounds out roster with Michigan standouts


Over the past two days, Detroit City FC has announced two more players for its 2016 NPSL roster, rounding out its four-piece of University of Michigan talent that will join Le Rouge in the summer.

Adding to the already impressive Wolverine talent that will be featuring for DCFC will be defender Billy Stevens and midfielder turned central defender Brett Nason. Stevens and Nason join previously announced University of Michigan teammates Andre Morris and Evan Louro on the City roster.

Billy Stevens

Stevens, a sophomore that plays in the right back position for Michigan, joins City after a successful season in Ann Arbor.

As a true freshman, Stevens started 17 matches at centerback. The defender logged the most minutes on the pitch for any freshman on the Wolverines roster and finished the season with two assists.

Last season, Stevens made the switch to right back and started all 18 matches for his collegiate team.

Billy Stevens
Stevens, like his Michigan teammates, comes with an expansive pre-collegiate pedigree. Winning the Prep School National Championship in 2012 prior to joining the New York Red Bulls Academy is one of his accomplishments prior to college ball. 

The defender spent two seasons with the Red Bulls, spanning from 2012 to 2014. Stevens also made his mark in the U14 and U15 United States Youth National teams.

Leading into his freshman campaign with Michigan, Stevens was ranked the No. 65 played in the IMG Academy top 150, No. 17 defender and No. 11 overall played by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Stevens was also ranked as the No. 40 overall player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com

Brett Nason
Nason, a junior that converted from the midfield to a central defender role in the 2015-2016 season for the Wolverines, joins City after having his most comprehensive season with Michigan.

In his first two seasons with the Wolverines, Nason played in 18 total matches in the midfield.

Brett Nason
But in his third season in Ann Arbor, after making the conversion to defender, Nason found his spot in the squad, logging starts in all 18 matches, doubling his games-played total in a matter of a season.

A three-sport letter winner in high school, Nason earned All-Nassau County honors in his sophomore and junior years at Half Hollow Hills West Prep for his efforts in soccer.

Heading into Ann Arbor, Nason was a four-star prospect, being ranked the No. 14 played in New York and the No. 47 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

Nason spent his club career playing for the Dix Hills Thunder and Albertson FC. 

Both Nason and Stevens look to make an impression in an already stacked Le Rouge fold, and mark their name in Detroit City FC history. 

*All photos courtesy of Detroit City FC and University of Michigan soccer program

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