August 31, 2019: Philadelphia Fury

August 31, 2019
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Detroit City FC 1, Philadelphia Fury 0
DCFC Ryan Peterson (PK) 63′

Attendance: 5,859

Prior to this match, on August 24, 2019, City played their second NPSL Members Cup match on the road.  Held at Dodd Stadium in Napa, California, Detroit City FC defeated Napa Valley 1839 FC by a 4-0 score.  Le Rouge needed only nine minutes to generate the four goals.  Yazeed Matthews scored twice (12′, 17′), Danny Deakin added another (15′), and Cyrus Saydee converted a penalty kick (21′).

When I hear “Philadelphia Fury,” I recall the second professional soccer match I ever attended.  On August 8, 1978, the Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League (NASL) played the Philadelphia Fury in the first round of the playoffs.  Going into my junior year of high school, I took the Pentax ME I got for Christmas to the game.  The Express won 1-0 on a Trevor Francis goal (the photo captured in the upper left).


But today’s Philadelphia Fury was joining NISA, along with us.

The day after our friendly against Indy Eleven, a soccer pundit tweeted photos of a couple of NGS banners – the United Front and the Fuck ICE banners – to try to chill the displays by suggesting they might provoke confrontation which could lead to people getting hurt.  It led to an explosion of chatter which lead to this new banner, and a continuance of the others (and I like the Coney Dog version of the United Front).

You see, Detroit City FC’s origins are community-based.  This is a club building community through the sport of soccer.  As supporters, we find that fascism, racism, and detaining refugees to be contrary to the building of community.

It took until the 63rd minute for Ryan Peterson to be fouled in the box, then score on the PK.


Six minutes later, a PK was awarded to the Fury.  Armando Quezeda made the save.

This was to be a home-and-home friendly, with City concluding its season with an October 26th game in Philly.  However, on September 18th, the Fury suspended operations, cancelling the match.



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