Detroit City FC (U-23) vs BiH Grand Rapids

July 11, 2021
Midwest Premiere League Regular Season
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Detroit City FC 1, BiH Grand Rapids 0
DCFC: Keith Larson 25′

A busy weekend at Keyworth as the scheduling gods bestowed upon us three matches within a 24-hour period.

  1. July 10, 2021, 4:00 PM: Detroit City FC (UWS2) vs Grand Haven Admirals (City won 2-0).
  2. July 10, 2021, 7:30 PM: Detroit City FC (UWS) vs Lansing United (City won 3-0)
  3. July 11, 2021, 1:00 PM: Detroit City FC (U-23) vs BiH Grand Rapids.

It was up to the U-23s to keep the weekend sheets clean, and they didn’t disappoint.

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Who are BiH Grand Rapids?

From their website:  Football Club BiH Grand Rapids was founded in 2018 by two Grand Rapids locals, Elmedin Zukic & Anes Suhonjic. Due to the immense interest in professional sports in Grand Rapids, FC BiH GR was able to quickly grow as one of the most recognizable semi-professional football clubs in West Michigan. Today, FC BiH GR competes in the Midwest Premier League – EAST with ambitions of moving up into professional competitions in the US Soccer Federation.

BiH comes in at 3rd place, with a 5 win, 1 loss, 1 draw record and a +14 goal differential.  They are even on points with Lansing Common, but Lansing has played one more match and has only a +8 goal differential.  In other words, this was going to be a tough opponent.

City was coming off the team’s first loss – the 3-0 defeat in Lansing on Independence Day.

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BIH GRAND RAPIDS
Starting XI

#1 Jay Toric – GK
#2 Ben Cengic
#4 Samir Sabanovic
#7 Jose Chepe Lopez
#8 Damir Sabanovic
#9 Chris Mendez
#10 Jake Pellerito
#14 Ojani Perez
#16 Moses Crawford Jr.
#22 Samuel Postlewait
#30 Samuel Esquivel

DETROIT CITY FC
Starting XI

Sean Ellis – GK
James Lee – D
Josh Wates – D
Lachlan Hepburn – D
Ryan Dobson – D
Sam Harshe – D
Brady Walker – M
Shion Soga – M
Kellan Landefeld – M
Waseem Muthana – M
Keith Larson – F

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In the opening minute, City’s defense had to be sharp as BiH created early opportunities.

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Detroit then took over the possession and offense.  It was a seventy-yard run by Keith Larson through the BiH defense and a lethal strike that put City ahead 1-nil.

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BiH flexed a little muscle in the second half, but City managed the match well.  They snuffed out the few opportunities by BiH, and with a little luck could have doubled or tripled the lead.  In the end, Larson’s goal was enough to earn the victory.

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Player of the Match: Keith Larson

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City sits atop the table with a 10-1 record with three matches remaining; a trip to Mount Clemens to play Lake St. Clair FC, a home match against Lansing Common, and the season finale road match against BiH Grand Rapids.

As for today, the three City matches resulted in 3 wins and 3 clean sheets.  A perfect 24-hours at Keyworth.

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