Monday, May 8, 2017

Detroit City FC drops two goal lead in home opener, final preseason match

Detroit City FC’s second season at the historic Keyworth Stadium opened up in successful fashion on Saturday, but memories of last season for Le Rouge came back to haunt, and they dropped a two goal lead, drawing Dayton Dynamo, 2-2.

As one would expect from a DCFC match, the environment and atmosphere surrounding the occasion was at an all time high, ripe with excitement for a second year at their new home, but also to see what changes Ben Pirmann had in store to remedy issues of last season.

From the opening whistle it was clear that Pirmann, his returners and even the new faces on the squad have everything to prove this season, and as per-the-norm from the head coach, excellence and success on the pitch was expected.

The solid midfield comprised of captain Dave Edwardson and longtime City veteran Cyrus Saydee continued to run the channels against the Dynamo, and balls into the final third seemed a bit more promising than supporters would remember from the end of last season.

City’s first quality chance of the evening came in the 13th minute when midfielder Troy Watson served a ball into the final third for forward Tyler Moorman, but his attempt on the ball missed the net.

Five minutes later, winger Jeff Adkins took a corner that deflected off of a Dynamo defender and into the net for an own goal against the Ohio club.

We do have to note that, last season, DCFC ran rampant over the Dynamo in the two matches they played. This season, the Dynamo looked confident on the ball and in defending and kept up with the pace and pressure that DCFC applied throughout the entire match.

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City held the own-goal advantage through the rest of the first half, but saw chances come consistently through Saydee’s side of the midfield, with at least three ventures into the attacking third coming from him.

Adjustments in the second half from Pirmann saw the pressure continue to rise from Le Rouge.

Saydee, who from the beginning kickoff, had the match flowing through his side of the pitch, scored an absolute stunner to put his side up by two.

Adkins found himself in the midfield with possession of the ball, evaded two Dynamo defenders and played the ball into Edwardian who forwarded it onto Saydee’s foot.

Saydee took a touch and let fly, beating the Dynamo goalkeeper from over 20-yards out with a stunning curling effort.

Not even a minute later, the Dynamo answered with a goal of their own, seeing Tristan Lyle beat goalkeeper Nate Steinwascher to bring his team within one.

Bad went to worse for Detroit in the 65th minute when Lyle got in behind the City defense and buried his second of the match, tying it at 2-2.

City continued to push offensively through the rest of the match with the closest chance of taking the lead coming off of Michael Pio’s head off of a corner, but the ball went off the post.

For the second consecutive year DCFC opened its home with a draw, but hope is high for the 2017 incarnation of Le Rouge.

Pirmann and his squad does not have the distraction and pressures of the U.S. Open Cup, and has tailored and recruited to fit the demands of the NPSL season.

Tweaks, additions and tactics shown in the first half domination of the first half by DCFC looks to, for now, have remedied the past demons of the team.

Supporters are calling for a playoff appearance and postseason win for this year, and it looks as if Pirmann has set himself up for a strong challenge at that goal.

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