Chattanooga FC vs Detroit City FC (2021 NISA Legends Cup Final)

April 25, 2021
2021 Legends Cup Final Match
Chattanooga FC (#1 Seed) vs Detroit City FC (#2 Seed)
Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga FC 0, Detroit City FC 3
DCFC Matt Lewis (Patricio Botello Faz) 11′
DCFC Max Todd (PK) 34′
DCFC Kevin Venegas 90′

Yellow Cards:
CFC Ian McGrath 50′

Chattanooga FC dominated in their two Legends Cup matches, outscoring their opponents 7-1.

Detroit City FC silenced their three opponents in the Legends Cup with three clean sheets.

The proverbial unstoppable force against the immovable object.

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CHATTANOOGA FC
Starting XI

Phillip D’Amico – GK
Shaun Russell – D
Nick Spielman – D
Kaio DaSilva – D
Tate Robertson – M
Ian McGrath – M
Cameron Woodfin – M
Sean Hoffstatter – M
Marcus Naglestad – F
Juan Hernandez – F
Brian Bement – F

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DETROIT CITY FC
Starting XI

Nate Steinwascher – GK
Matt Lewis – D
Steve Carroll – D
Kevin Venegas – D
Connor Rutz – M
Maxi Rodriguez – M
Cyrus Saydee – M
Javier Steinwascher – M
Yazeed Matthews – F
Patricio Botello Faz – F
Max Todd – F

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Detroit got on the scoreboard early.  In the 11th minute, Cyrus Saydee delivered a corner kick across the goal.  Patricio Botello Faz headed it to the top of the box where Matt Lewis blasted a shot past keeper Phil D’Amico.  1-0 City.

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Later in the half, Max Todd controlled the ball in the Chattanooga box when Shaun Russell took him down.  The referee pointed to the spot.  It was Max Todd’s 34th minute penalty kick that gave Detroit a 2-0 lead, which they held to halftime.

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Chattanooga applied more pressure in the second half, but nothing was getting through the City defense and Nate Steinwascher.  Kevin Venegas slammed the door on Chattanooga in the 90th minute with an amazing free kick that sailed beyond the reach of D’Amico and into the net.

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The Golden Ball was awarded to Matt Lewis.

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And Detroit City FC was crowned the 2021 NISA Legends Cup Champions!

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Nate Steinwascher – Four matches, four clean-sheets.

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Detroit City FC, having won the Fall Tournament, adds the Legends Cup to the trophy shelf.  On May 1st, they would open the Spring Season at Keyworth Stadium, hosting the Maryland Bobcats.

Because Detroit City FC had secured its place as host of the 2020-21 NISA Championship match, their opponent would be the winner of a semi-final match between the Legends Cup Champion and the Spring Season Champion.  City’s Legend Cup triumph would mean that runner-up, Chattanooga FC would play the Spring Season Champion in the semi-final match.  Chattanooga’s Spring Season would begin in California on May 2nd, as they would take on the Cal United Strikers.

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