Detroit City FC (U-23) at Michigan Stars

May 22, 2021
MPL 2021 Regular Season
Romeo High School, Romeo, MI

Michigan Stars 1, Detroit City FC 2
Stars: ? 48′
DCFC: Bosh Tanyi 64′
DCFC: Brady Walker 73′

In the first of a Stars-City doubleheader, our U-23 team saw its first action this afternoon.

The U-23 team plays in the eight-team Midwest Premiere League East Division.  The schedule is made up of a home-and-home series with each team, creating a 14-match schedule.  There is a 12-team West Division where each team plays the other opponents once, for an 11-match schedule.  Top of the table wins each league division championship.

Men’s team assistant coach, Javi Bautista is the U-23 coach.  His staff includes first team player George Chomakov as an assistant coach with Ross Gibson.  Eric Perilla is the goalkeeping coach for both the first team and the U-23s.

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Starting XI

Owen Finnerty – GK
Lachlan Hepburn – D
James Lee – D
Josh Wates – D
Will Perkins – D
Brady Walker – M
Jack Zugay – M
Benedek Tanyi – M
Shion Soga – M
Kellan Landefeld – M
Zion Beaton – F

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The first half was a feeling-out process for the U-23s, both in finding themselves as a team and in divining their opponent.  Neither team scored in the first 45 minutes.

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In the second half, things got messy in front of the City goal and the Stars opened the scoring in the 48th minute.

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But that wasn’t going to disrupt City.  A foul called on the Stars placed the ball just outside the penalty arc in the 64th minute.  Bosh Tanyi, who had subbed in for Jack Zugay when the second half began, stepped up.  He fired a shot that bypassed the Stars wall and found the back corner of the net, beyond the reach of the Stars keeper.

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City kept up the pressure.  In the 73rd minute, the Stars cracked.  On a ball sent into the box, a Stars defender headed it straight at Brady Walker who chested it.  As it dropped in front of him, Walker kicked it before it hit the ground.  The ball sailed just under the crossbar into the net for the game-winner.

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It was an impressive first showing by our U-23 team.  Their next match is on the road to Livonia City FC on Saturday May 29th.

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