Sunday, May 8, 2016

City dominates Muskegon Risers, looks to Bucks in USOC

A Saturday evening 5-1 victory over Muskegon Risers SC marked the final preseason match for Detroit City FC before the club opens competitive play against the Michigan Bucks in a highly important Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match.

DCFC was completely dominate over the Risers, rarely letting the league-less club to get on the ball. The friendly served two purposes for the club: let players get their debut for the club in, to see how they react with the squad and to give the boys a warm-up before Wednesday's massive fixture. 

"The result today just served to put things together, we put 21 guys on the field today, we were here playing hard," DCFC coach Ben Pirmann said. "We just have to keep working on some movements in the attack and defense structurally, from there we get ready for Wednesday."

A handful of players made their debut for DCFC on Saturday, including goalkeeper Evan Louro and midfielder Danny Deakin, as well as returning fan favorite Javi Bautista, who opened his Rouge and Gold goal scoring account.

Zach Schewee started the scoring for City in the ninth minute of the match, and its a welcome addition to play on the pitch, as Schewee isn't known for pushing far up the field in the attacking manner that led to his goal.

Muskegon looked as if it were going to put up a fight, with a goal in the 41st minute from Daniel Luzindya.

But all hope of that was lost after Muskegon was called for a handball in the box, leading to a penalty kick that was properly put away by Cyrus Saydee right before the half.

It was the 'Detroit City FC show' after the break, and the Risers had no chance to get back in the game after momentum started rolling. 

Goals scored by Tyler Moorman, Alex Lasinski and Bautista highlighted the second half and effectively gave the Boys in Rouge some confidence heading into Wednesday's crucial bout with the Bucks.

Le Rouge now looks ahead to that meeting, opening its competitive schedule at Oakland University in the first round of the USOC, and Pirmann says his club is ready.

"The motivation to beat the Bucks it already there, we don't need a win against Muskegon to tell you that," Pirmann told FTLOF. "Between the result last year and you're playing in the oldest professional tournament in U.S. Soccer; it's a great opponent on a great field."

Pirmann was reluctant to give his prediction on whether or not his club will finally advance from the first round, but he's confident that his team will put up a fight. 

"The Bucks are a great opponent and the last few years in the cup have been kind of goofy for us," he said. "They smoked us last year, but we know what to expect; it's going to be a good game. 

"They're a good team and we're a good team, so we have to move forward and play as hard as we can."

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