Friday, April 1, 2016

Le Rouge welcomes back midfielder Danny Dragoi; still no 'keeper

Detroit City FC fans were still holding their breathe on Friday, hoping for the announcement of someone to protect the crease. But on April Fool's Day, DCFC management chose to welcome back midfielder Cristian "Danny" Dragoi to the team, instead.

The Romanian journeyman was revealed to be Friday's roster spot announcement, continuing the trend of leaving the squad without a viable goalkeeper, as of this writing. The announcement will certainly leave City fans scratching their heads and continuing to ask who their 'keeper is going to be. 

But let's not take away from the Dragoi signing. Having played his collegiate soccer at both St. Johns University and Schoolcraft College, Dragoi brings loads of experience to Keyworth Stadium. 

According to the Detroit City FC website, Dragoi has played in eight different countries, including Albania, where he played in the Albanian Superleague. Playing in 35 matches in Albania's top-flight competition, Dragoi registered seven goals over a span of two seasons. 

The midfielder most recently played for Le Rouge in the 2015 season but only featured in three games, registering a goal and an assist in 137 minutes played. Total, Dragoi has seen the pitch in Detroit in seven matches including scoring a late thriller against FC Buffalo. 

It was a goal that led City to the Rust Belt Derby trophy in 2014. 

Signing such an experienced player is important for multiple reasons, but none more important than the fact of how low the average age within the DCFC roster is. 

Le Rouge is going into the 2016 NPSL season having lost tenured and experienced players such as former captain Josh Rodgers, who has recently taken an assistant coaching position within the club. 

Although there are still experienced players on the City roster, a majority of the teams newcomers are relatively young and still in the prime of their collegiate careers. Dragoi represents a seasoned and successful player who can hopefully step into a leadership role for the squad. 

But seriously, who is playing in goal this season for Detroit City FC?

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