July 17, 2015: Erie Commodores FC

July 17, 2015
NPSL Regular Season
Cass Tech High School, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit City FC 2, Erie Commodores 3
ERIE  Jimmy Barrios 13′
DCFC  Will Mellors-Blair (Cyrus Saydee) 21′
DCFC  Will Mellors-Blair (Cyrus Saydee) 42′
ERIE  Eric Campbell 68′
ERIE  Austin Solomon 75′

Attendance:  3,793

Another sellout at Cass Stadium tonight as Erie came to town.  Demoted from “Admirals” to “Commodores,” it was the same old Erie  (#HateErie).

Final home matches tend to mean something in securing our place in the playoffs.  In 2012, we lost to Erie at home, costing us the opportunity to host the playoffs.  In 2013, it was against an undefeated FC Buffalo, and though we still had three road matches remaining, beating Buffalo was an important three points in securing a spot in the playoffs and hosting them.  In 2014, it was a must-win against Fort Pitt which led to the division-title-deciding match in Lansing two days later.

This season, the stakes were high once again.  A win here and in two days against the Michigan Stars on their field put us in the position of hosting the playoffs.  Unfortunately, this loss, coupled with a Madison 56ers win against the Minnesota Twinstars the next day, meant travel to Wisconsin for the division playoffs.

Another exciting match, with Will Mellors-Blair’s brace taking us into halftime with a 2-1 lead.  However, Erie was Erie, and Danny Mudd came up big for the seamen, keeping them in the game until they notched goals by Campbell and Solomon for the victory.

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