Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Detroit City FC announces returners and additions for 2017 season


Detroit City FC started to excite supporters last week when the club started to announce returning players on their Twitter account. The club continued its march towards the 2017 season this week by announcing newcomers to the Le Rouge roster.

Le Rouge started the lead up to 2017 by informing fans that head coach Ben Pirmann would be returning to the helm of of the team, after a bit of uncertainty over his future after bellowing out of the NPSL playoffs in 2016.


Returners


Jeff Adkins
City brass took to Twitter to welcome back fan favorites and Black Arrow MVP winner, Tommy Catalano, captain Dave Edwardson, vice-captain Seb Harris, attacking midfielder Jeff Adkins and club journeyman Cyrus Saydee.

Among those returners are goalkeepers Joe Smith, and US Open Cup round two standout Nate Steinwascher, who helped Le Rouge hold off USL-side Louisville City FC, eventually falling in a shootout despite penalty saves.

Catalano scored eight goals for Detroit City last season and consistently performed above expectations for the duration of the 2016 NPSL season. Joining Catalano at the forward positions is Tyler Moorman and Spiro Pliakos.

Edwardson will once again lead the way in the midfield, and is joined by George Chomakov, Andrew Dalou, Troy Watson and Saydee.

Harris returns the clubs anchor on the backline, in a somewhat surprising announcement over the uncertainty of his status with the club due to the birth of his first child. The reliable defender is joined by Zach Schewee.

Additions

Per the club norm, Detroit City FC turned heads on Monday with seven announcements for new to the club players for the upcoming season.

Speaking with FTLOF at the end of last season, Pirmann said that recruiting for 2017 will focus around offensive pressure to deal with teams sitting back and defending against strong lineups from Le Rouge.

And it looks like Pirmann has come through successful, at least on paper, on his recruiting and signings for 2017.

The first round of additions named by City showcased Dalton Amez, Zach Bock, Stephen Carroll, Mauricio Castorino, Kyle Coffee Aaron Franco and Spencer Glass, who will look to cement their name in City history in 2017.

Seb Harris
Castorino, a junior at Fort Hays, played in 20 games for the Tigers and posted a stat line of five goals and 12 assists for his school. The forward earned the MIAA Player of the Year award in 2015, as well two more awards and an honorable mention.

Coffee plays his collegiate soccer for the University of Washington. He featured in 19 games, staring in eight, tallying two goals on 35 shots for the Huskies. He played in the NCAA tournament where the Huskies made it to the third round, losing out to Denver.

Amez, who plays collegiately for Northwood University, moves over from a season with Michigan Stars FC in 2016. The midfielder has played 51 games for Northwood, starting in 50 of those. He has tallied one goal and two assists in his collegiate career.

Franco plays collegiately for the Maryland Terrapins, also in the midfield. Franco played three matched for the Terrapins in 2016.

Captain Dave Edwardson
Bock, a senior defender at Western Michigan University, joins Le Rouge after earning a First-Team All-Mid-American Conference selection bid. Bock played every game for the Broncos, helping them earn six shutouts.

Carroll, a native of Ireland, played in 25 matches for Davenport University.

Detroit City FC added more names to its roster on Tuesday, though. Donning the Rouge and Gold for the first time in 2017 are forwards Roderic Green and Derrick Otim. Returning forward Shawn Lawson was announced for the 2017 season.

Scotland-native forward Max Todd looks to help Le Rouge solve its lack of scoring in league play with his explosive offensive play. Playing in 32 matches for the University of Illinois at Chicago, Todd tallied nine goals and 12 assists.

Tyler Moorman
Two midfield additions were announced in the form of University of Washington's Luke Hauswirth and South African-born Tyrone Mondi.

English-born defender Owain Hoskins joins Harris and Bock to help nail down the last line of defense for City.

One goalkeeper was added to the contingent of Steinwascher and Smith. Colin Miller plays collegiately for Providence College, starting in the crease for all 15 of his played games in 2016. Miller snagged 62 saves, earned fourteen wins with one loss, and eight clean sheets


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. Haven't been able to keep up with the signings. Some of the success of the club is the of the quality of both the professional standards of running the club and coaching staff. Word has been spread by former players of that. College coaches are impressed by their returning players performance. Add to that the atmosphere. Might be the only time they play in the same one they grew up with.

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