Detroit City FC (NISA) vs Chattanooga FC

June 26, 2021
NISA 2021 Spring Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Detroit City FC 2, Chattanooga FC 1
DCFC: Pato Botello Faz (Cyrus Saydee) 2′
DCFC: Jimmy Filerman (Maxi Rodriguez) 19′
CFC: Felipe Oliveira (Markus Naglestad) 79′

The second match of today’s doubleheader is the final match for Detroit City FC in the 2021 NISA Spring Season.  The U-23’s defeated Inter Detroit in the early game by a 4-nil score, extending their winning streak to eight games.  The Women’s First Team was to play in Indiana against Indiana Elite FC, but the northern Indiana team forfeited the match, granting the Women’s Team a 3-0 victory.

The last time City met Chatta it was in the Legends Cup Tournament Finals when City demoralized them with a 3-0 victory in Finley Stadium to claim the trophy.  A draw would crown Detroit as the NISA Spring Season champions by drawing even with Los Angeles Force on points but beating them on goal differential.  But City always goes for the win.

It’s also the final match of the Northern Guard Supporters’ Prideraiser campaign.  Pledges based on the amount of goals scored by the Men’s and Women’s First Teams at Keyworth thru the month of June would be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center.  With a pledged amount of about $2,700 per goal, coming into tonight’s match six goals have been scored.  More would be added tonight.

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Starting XI

Nicholas Nelson – GK
Kyle Carr – D
Alec McKinley – D
Kaio DaSilva – D
Ryan Marcano – M
Tate Robertson – M
Christopher Marshall – M
Cutler Coleman – M
Cameron Woodfin – M
Markus Naglestad – F
Brian Bement – F

Starting XI

Nate Steinwascher – GK
Steve Carroll – D
Matt Lewis – D
Anthony Manning – D
Jimmy Filerman – M
Keven Venegas – M
George Chomakov – M
Connor Rutz – M
Maxi Rodriguez – M
Pato Botello-Faz F
Cyrus Saydee – F

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It didn’t take long.  In the second minute, Cyrus Saydee stole the ball from CFC’s Alec McKinley as they were playing out of the back.  Saydee drove in then passed the ball out to Pato Botello-Faz who fired it into the gaping goal.  One-nil.

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In the 19th minute, Connor Rutz sent the ball down the right channel for Maxi Rodriguez to pursue.  Rodriguez caught up to it, drove into the Chattanooga zone, then sent the ball across.  Cyrus Saydee was in the box, but the ball went behind him and into the run of Jimmy Filerman who blew it past Nicholas Nelson, CFC’s keeper.  Two-nil.

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City dominated the play and possession.  Chattanooga put up a little pressure in the final five minutes of the half, but couldn’t beat the City defense.

At halftime, the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association presented awards to the Michigan High School Ms. Soccer and Mr. Soccer players of the year for the 2020-2021 year.  Both were Detroit City FC players.

Madison Salzenstein, a senior at Detroit Country Day, is a midfielder in the Detroit City FC’s Women’s Team player pool.  She has committed to Western Michigan University.

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Barnabas (Bosh) Tanyi, a senior at Grosse Ile High School, is a forward who has seen minutes on Detroit City FC’s First Team and U-23s.  In the first half of this doubleheader, Tanyi scored two goals in the U-23’s victory over Inter Detroit.

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In the second half, City continued to control the match, except for one bad bounce.  In the 79th minute, Markus Nagelstad delivered a pass to Felipe Oliveira who fired a shot from the edge of the box.  It took a deflection.  Nate Steinwascher almost recovered to make the save but almost wasn’t enough.  Then, Chattanooga had the chance to even the match in the 84th minute when a penalty kick was awarded to Chattanooga.  Felipe Oliveira took to the spot, but Nate Steinwascher came up with the big PK save.  In the 92nd minute, CFC had a final chance from a corner kick that Steinwascher saved.

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Player of the Match: Cyrus Saydee.

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That’s it for the 2021 NISA Spring Season.  City tops the table with six wins and two draws.  City has been perfect since their entry into NISA.  2020 Fall Tournament Champions, which earned them a place as the host in the NISA 2020-21 Championship Match. The 2021 NISA Legends Cup Tournament Champion in Chattanooga.  Now the 2021 NISA Spring Season Champions.

On July 3rd, City will host the winner of the Semi-Finals (or Runners-Up Match) as Chattanooga FC and Los Angeles Force will play on Wednesday, June 30th at Keyworth.  Chattanooga FC earned their spot by being the runner-up in the Legends Cup and Los Angeles Force earned their spot by being the runner-up in the Spring Season.

A perfect day for Detroit City Football Club.
U-23s defeated Inter Detroit 4-0.
The Women’s First Team accepted a 3-0 forfeit by Indiana Elite FC
The Men’s First Team defeated Chattanooga FC 2-1.


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