The 2015 calendar year will see both club and country featured in big competitions. Detroit City FC, now hosting a crowd where season tickets are sold out, is set to pack Cass Tech every game this year. Their opening game will be welcoming back Cleveland, and they will be hosting both old rivals (Cleveland, Erie) as well as first time visitors (Madison, Minnesota Twinstars). They will also once again feature in the US Open Cup, the annual club cup competition in the country. The first round is set for May 13 at 7:30 and will feature the highly-anticipated match between DCFC and the Michigan Bucks at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.
On the national side, both the men and women are in international competitions this year. The US Men’s National Team is hosting the Gold Cup once again, and they will be playing their group matches in Frisco, Foxboro, and Kansas City this year. There is also the rumblings that Detroit could host matches as part of Copa America’s Centenario in 2016. Updates will be provided within the year. The women are ranked among the best in the world as they head north to Canada for the Women’s World Cup. Group matches are in Winnipeg and Vancouver, and we’ve already had people tell us they’ll be going to some games to hopefully see the women lift their third trophy.
The summer of soccer is upon us! Join us throughout the next few months as we have a wide range of events going on in and around town. First, of course we’ll be at Detroit City FC matches. That’s a given. Other than that, we have the World Cup, for which we will be working with American Outlaws Detroit to have viewing parties for every match, we’ll have the finish to the Premier League, the Champions League final, and it’ll end on August 2nd in Ann Arbor for the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. There’s a lot going on this summer, and we want you to be a part of it all.
The bid submitted by Triple Properties for among other things, a Major League Soccer stadium, has failed, as Wayne County has elected to sell the failed jail site in downtown Detroit to Dan Gilbert, as reported by Crain’s Detroit. Despite this setback, the Motor City Supporters will not rest. We will support Gilbert in his continued redevelopment of Detroit, and also look forward to the next opportunity to bring Major League Soccer to the D. We will also continue supporting Detroit City FC. Nothing has changed or will change on that front. We continue to provide our full support to the club as they enter their third year in the NPSL, and we are already well underway in our plans for the 2014 season.
The 2013 Great Lakes playoffs are coming to Cass Tech! With a playoff spot officially clinched, Detroit City FC has announced that the Great Lakes divisional playoffs are coming to Detroit on the weekend of July 13-14. Semifinal matches are on Saturday, July 13, starting at 5:00, with the final on Sunday, July 14, at 3:00. Tickets can be bought on the Detroit City FC website.
Remember last year’s trip to Cleveland? Of course you do. Time to do it again. Bill, a dedicated DCFC supporter, has taken the time to reserve a bus (and beer) to Cleveland to play that team from the Mistake by the Lake (we think the whole state’s a mistake, but that’s another story). $50 will get you a ticket to ride and all the booze you can handle (until it runs out). HERE’s the link to make your payment and reserve your spot, but remember, you must be one of the first 50 people to sign up.
Detroit City FC coach Ben Pirmann has been a part of the growing soccer culture in the state of Michigan for over a decade. His new position at the helm of Le Rouge presents him with a new opportunity — to represent the city of Detroit.
Pirmann currently holds an assistant position at Michigan State — champions of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament — where he lettered four years between 2004 and 2008. Despite earning a head coaching position at such a young age, Pirmann hopes his youth will serve as an asset with the Detroit City FC. But most of all, the Michigan native is eager to make Detroit proud of its team.
“The city of Detroit is very near and dear to my heart,” Pirmann said. “A major passion of mine is to be able to give back to the city.”
Assisting Pirmann will be Adil Salmoni, one of the best young coaching minds in the country. Salmoni served as a staff coach for the Under-20 Women’s National Team last year. Pirmann explained that Salmoni’s experience will be paramount to a successful transition to a head-coaching position and Le Rouge’s success.
“Not only will he be a good coach to the players, but (Salmoni) will be to me as well,” Pirmann said. “He and I working together hand-in-hand will be a great part of this season.”
Pirmann has quickly become well-known across the midwest for his knack for securing high-caliber recruits. In his two years at Western Michigan, he helped the Broncos improve from Mid-American Conference bottom-dwellers to conference runners-up. He has seen similar success in East Lansing. It came as no surprise, then, that the Detroit FC re-signed the majority of last year’s team, which ﬁnished second in its division.
Because Pirmann has proven his ability to ﬁnd unheralded talent, Le Rouge’s open tryouts in March will be incredibly important. The young coach hinted that he was already interested in “a couple” of athletes from the Motor City.
“There are good players (in Detroit),” he said. “There are guys we may not know as well. It would be very cool and very unique to get a player from Detroit involved with the squad.”
Part of what excites Pirmann about coaching in Detroit is the atmosphere at Le Rouge games. When he attended games last year, he was “blown away” by the experience. This season, he’s looking forward to hearing the chants from the sideline.
“We truly do have the best fans around,” he said. “You just see the passion and the sincerity from the fans. It’s just genuine support.”
— Alejandro Zúñiga can be reached on Twitter @the_zuniga
Detroit native and national soccer analyst Alexi Lalas wishes Detroit City FC, AO Detroit and Motor City Supporters happy holidays and best of luck in 2013.
Tomorrow is the big day! On January 12, 2013, Motor City Supporters is hosting our 3rd Annual Holiday Party at Claddagh Irish Pub in Livonia MI. Join the group as we mass together to celebrate a great 2012 and what will certainly be an even better 2013. We will be hosting a FIFA 13 Tournament as well as free pool, plenty of drinking, raffle with many great items, and even a surprise for all of our members.
Party kicks off at 3:00 PM with the FIFA 13 Tournament (please arrive a bit early if you plan on participating) and will go until we decide to leave (that’s usually pretty late for us).
All the details can be found here:
Hope to see you all there!