June 15, 2018
NPSL Regular Season Match
Hart Park, Wauwautosa, WI
Milwaukee Torrent 0, Detroit City FC 1
DCFC Brad Centala 76′
Last year, our match in Milwaukee was on a Sunday afternoon, which enabled Rouge Rovers to charter a bus and arrive by other means on their own, to create an experience the Torrent did not expect. Confirmation came in the form of the 2018 schedule, where the Milwaukee away match was set for a Friday night. A lot more difficult for Detroit supporters to make the trek.
However, my schedule was open, and I decided to take the unconventional route. Instead of driving through Chicago to get there, I left a day early, and went by way of the Upper Peninsula.
A lifetime Michigander, I had only been up to the U.P. once, and that was in 2017, the day after the big win against AFC Ann Arbor, to visit a client in the Newberry Correctional Facility. Also, I needed an excuse to go to Marquette to visit Snowbound Books, a Michigan independent book store that was part of a book tote promotion. In the process, a couple of touristy stops were made.
The Friday night schedule prevented the number of Rouge Rovers that could attend. But looking at the other side of the pitch, it deterred their fans from showing as well.
A feisty, hard-battled first half ended scoreless.
It was almost a disaster when, in the second half, a Milwaukee forward stormed in on goal, Fernando Pina the last man back. The Torrent player chipped the ball beyond Pina, but it struck one post, crossed the face of the net and struck the other, without crossing the line.
In the 76th minute, City scored the only goal of the match.