Monday, May 16, 2016

Detroit City FC earns first NPSL win ahead of trip to Louisville, Deakin impresses

After struggling through a 2-2 draw against the Michigan Stars FC on Friday, Detroit City FC was back in action on Sunday, playing its third game in five days, defeating the Dayton Dynamo by a score of 4-2.

Suffering through what coach Ben Pirmann described as not only physiological exhaustion but also emotional and mental exhaustion, credited to a congested schedule and an emotionally draining U.S. Open Cup match against the Michigan Bucks, led to a depleted effort in the second half.

"It's a combination of a lot of things, we're just absolutely destroyed right now with injuries and I could barely even dress 17 fit guys today," Pirmann said after the win. "The last two games, in the second halves we have been really poor.

"Whether it's looking forward to the next game or that we're being disrespectful to our opponent, we just have to play better."

Pirmann was't impressed with his teams performance against the Dynamo, even after Le Rouge scorched four balls past goalkeeper Corey Wisenhunt in the first half. Wisenhunt was substituted out of the game after halftime in favor  of back-up Oliver Hansen.

Danny Deakin, DCFC midfielder, had an absolute stunner of a game on Sunday. The Sheffield United academy product started the scoring for City in the 22nd minute with a curling free kick that swung past Wisenhunt.

Five minutes later, Deakin was set up in the same position for a free kick right outside of the 18-yard box. Wisenhunt was able to save the Deakin free kick, but was unable to control the rebound, which fell to the feet of Alex Lasinski. Lasinski put the ball in the back of the net, giving DCFC a two goal lead.

Lasinski struck for a second goal, this time in the 30th minute, with an acrobatic diving header. The forward's second goal of the afternoon came from yet another cross into the box from Deakin.

Ali Al-Gashamy opened his goal scoring account for Detroit City FC in the 34th minute, streaking the ball past a diving Wisenhunt, effectively wrapping up a disastrous opening 45-minutes for the Dynamo.

Deakin has impressed in his time with Le Rouge, winning supporters and coaches over with his excessive work rate and creativity on the ball, yet his talent hadn't yet been exemplified as strongly as it had on Sunday.

"He's an excellent player and he was our number one recruit this summer" Pirmann said. "He can score, he can assist, he holds possession as well as anybody and he works very hard; he's a playmaker."

The Dynamo were able to get two goals back, the first coming in the 54th minute via a penalty kick by Khristian Montoya after he was was taken down in the box by Seb Harris.

The momentum continued to roll in the Dynamo's favor in the 75th minute. Tristan Lyle was able to get his head to the ball off of a brilliantly placed corner kick that beat a diving Joe Smith.

Dayton held the momentum for the rest of the match, but couldn't capitalize on any of the chances it produced in the final 15 minutes.

Pirmann believes that looking down on their opponent and not respecting the talent on the Dynamo roster may have led to the lacking second half on the Detroit side.

"We have to get some more guys on the pitch to play with more passion," Pirmann said. "We did that on Wednesday night and then that fell off.

"Maybe playing down to an opponent on paper, which is very disrespectful and that is not like us, but we have to regroup.

"If you told me that we could grab four points and advance to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, I probably would have taken it and ran but it leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth with the way we've played."

Detroit City FC will have to do that refocusing before Wednesday night, as Le Rouge will take on USL league leaders Louisville City FC, on the road, in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.

"We have to start playing better or we're going to get embarrassed on Wednesday night," Pirmann said. "Louisville are the best team in the USL right now, best attacking and hasn't given up a goal in four games.

"My bet is that on Wednesday night, in Louisville, we will play with passion like we did last week. That doesn't mean that we'll get a result but I honestly believe that we can compete with anyone in the country."

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