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GOOOOAAAALLLL: Soccer scores with Motor City fans

Josh Rogers squares up a penalty kick. JON DEBOER/DCFC PHOTOS

Josh Rogers squares up a penalty kick. JON DEBOER/DCFC PHOTOS

Staff report

International soccer fans have fixed their attention on Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. But fans don’t need to buy a plane ticket to see professionals in action; The Detroit City Football Club brings the beautiful game to the heart of the Motor City.

The DCFC Le Rouge is in the Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premiere Soccer League, an association of over 80 minor league teams nationwide. Le Rouge home games are played at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Since the 2014 season began in May, Le Rouge has worked its way to second place in its conference.

On June 29, Le Rouge shut out the Indiana Fire, 4-0, leaving the team only one point behind first place in the conference. In the decisive victory, Cyrus Saydee and Shawn Lawson each scored, and Jeff Adkins scored twice.

espite a U.S. loss to Belgium July 1 in its World Cup round of 16 match, more Americans are watching soccer than ever before.Recently, citywide rec soccer and Detroit’s professional team, Le Rouge, have envirogorated old fans and gained new ones. Above Le Rouge’s William Mellors-Blair eludes the Michigan Stars.  JON DEBOER/DCFC PHOTO

 Le Rouge’s William Mellors-Blair eludes the Michigan Stars.
JON DEBOER/DCFC PHOTO

Le Rouge goalkeeper Bret Mollon stopped three shots in his fourth shutout this season.

The team’s next home game will be July 6 against the Cincinnati Stars at 1 p.m. With five more games in the 2014 season, Le Rouge still has a chance to clinch first place in the conference, and therefore eligible to compete in the Midwestern championships July 19 and 20.

Detroiters don’t have to be mere spectators. Founded in 2010, the Detroit City Futbol League organizes eight-on-eight co-ed recreational soccer each summer. The 32 teams all represent distinct neighborhoods in the city. Beginning this year, teams were required to complete community-service projects in their neighborhoods before they could register. Games are played on Belle Isle and at historic Fort Wayne.

The Copa Detroit, DCFL’s grand championship, will take place on Aug. 3 at Fort Wayne.

For more information on the DCFC or to buy tickets, visit www.detcityfc.com.

To learn more about the DCFL, visit detroitcityfutbol.com.

 

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