Monday, April 25, 2016

Detroit City FC takes over Canada with victory

Detroit City FC took a trip over the Ambassador Bridge on Sunday evening to play League 1 Ontario side, the Windsor Stars, in a fiery international preseason match-up between the two semi-professional sides that ended 2-1 in favor of DCFC.

The team featured play from a few returners, including goalscorer Tyler Channel and playmaker Danny Dragoi; as well as some players on trial like Martin Nyul, who scored the game winner on the evening. 

"The biggest thing for today was evaluations. Individually, collectively and in their units, some guys did pretty well, some guys have to make some improvements," DCFC coach Ben Pirmann said. "I told some of the older guys that they have to improve our fitness and they have a few weeks to make sure they improve."

The 'feeling out process' started as soon as the whistle blew to start the match, but a majority of possession and time spent in the attacking third leaned towards Le Rouge in the first half. Despite no shots on goal, DCFC had the clear advantage over the Stars in terms of offensive possession. 

Supporters were sent into an uproar on two separate occasions in the first 45-minutes, though. 

What seemed to be clear defensive fouls in the 18-yard box by Windsor defenders were successively waved off by the official, leaving Detroit City FC players shaking their heads walking away from the play. 

Despite the amount of action in the opening half, the game stood scoreless after 45-minutes. 

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But finally, in the 78th minute, after a long build up of chances that could have gone in for the Boys in Rouge a slick ball in from Dragoi found Channel, who put it past the Stars keeper to give DCFC a 1-0 lead. 

The lead didn't last long for the American side though, and less than a minute after the opening goal, the Stars were awarded a penalty at the opposite side of the field, which was converted. 

With ten minutes left, the match was tied at one. 

Detroit City FC wasn't ready to quit though. And in the 83rd minute, Nyul made his presence known by putting the ball into the net of his former club, taking advantage of disarray in front of goal. 

"Overall this was good. I'm not too worried about the result or the opponent or anything like that," Pirmann said after the win. "This is the first step of about four or five before we play the [Michigan] Bucks on the 11th."

Pirmann is speaking of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup meeting between his squad and their rivals the Michigan Bucks, who knocked DCFC out of the competition in 2015. 

The match between the Bucks and Le Rouge has become a focal point for the beginning of the season, and Pirmann has put an emphasis on building the best roster leading up to the Open Cup meeting on May 11.

"Depending on what happens in that Bucks game, we could have five to six games in our first two weekends, which is crazy," he continued. "So I'm going to use from 18 to 30 guys and all of those guys are trying to get into spots and get into playing time. 

"But they have to earn it."

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