Detroit City FC (U-23) vs Livonia City FC

June 17, 2021
MPL 2021 Regular Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Detroit City FC 2, Livonia City FC 0
DCFC:  Caio Mazo (Kellan Landefeld) 81′
DCFC:  Shion Soga (PK) 90+

Two days after our victory in Grand Rapids against the West Michigan Bearings, the Men’s U-23 team hosted Livonia City FC.  On May 29th, the teams faced each other in Livonia which City won by a score of 5-0.

Also this evening, the Women’s Reserve team was on the road, playing Legends FC in Brighton.

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Starting XI

Michael Forbes – GK
Matt VerSteeg
Conor Reaume
Thomas Mackey
Drew Terhune
Zach Buvalic
Andrew Bergerson
Gavin Cameron
Omar Lahbiki
Atef Sikazwe
Thomas Dono

Starting XI

Hunter Morse – GK
James Lee – D
Josh Mason – D
Lachlan Hepburn – D
Sosa Emovon – D
Ryan Dobson – D
Sam Harshe – M
Waseem Muthana – M
Sanad Yahya – M
Alejandro Steinwascher – F
Zion Beaton – F

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Neighborhood kids create their memories of sneaking into Keyworth to see City’s reserve team play.

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The story of the first half belonged to City and Livonia keeper Michael Forbes.

City dominated in possession and chances.  Alejandro Steinwascher had two opportunities in the first twelve minutes. The first sailed over the goal and the second rolled just past the post.  The seventeenth minute saw a series of defense-cutting passes between Sanad Yahya, Steinwascher, and Zion Beaton which ended when Beaton’s shot rose above the crossbar.

In the 18th minute, Livonia City FC was caught with a handball in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick.  Sanad Yahya drilled a low ball toward the post, but keeper Michael Forbes dove and pushed it away.

Forbes continued to stymie City’s offense throughout the first half, ending the forty-five minutes with a nil-nil scoreline.

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The second half continued with City dominance and Forbes’ skill between the posts.

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Then, Shion Soga subbed in, which ratcheted the pressure up another notch.

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Finally, in the 81st minute, Kellan Landefeld cut a pass back to Caio Mazo who curled a shot inside the far post and out of reach of Michael Forbes.

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Livonia City tried to generate something in the final ten minutes, but a defender took Soga down in the box in added time.  Forbes guessed wrong on Soga’s PK, and City took the match, two-to-nil.

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Player of the Match: Caio Mazo.

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The U-23’s winning streak goes to five matches.  Their sixth match of the season would be in Pontiac against Inter Detroit in two days.

And, it was a six-point night for City as the Women’s Reserve Team defeated Legends FC 3-1.


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