Detroit City FC (M) vs Atlanta United II

May 21, 2022
USL Championship League Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Educating MLS

Coming off the mid-week heart-breaking draw in Miami, a little home cooking and an MLS-2 side was the perfect cure.  We schooled the kids from Atlanta United II down in their home with a 4-nil victory on April 9th and there was optimism in the stands that more lessons from City would be taught.

Starting XI

Vincente Reyes – Goalkeeper
Erik Centeno – Defender
Bryce Washington – Defender
Noah Cobb – Defender
Orji Nelson Chukwuma – Defender
Aiden McFadden – Defender
Nicolas Firmino – Midfielder
Efrain Morales – Midfielder
Robbie Mertz – Midfielder
Darwin Matheus – Forward
Ajani Fortune – Forward

Starting XI


Front Row, Left to Right
Deklan Wynne – Defender
Pato Botello Faz – Forward
Abdoulaye Diop – Midfielder
Antoine Hoppenot – Forward

Back Row, Left to Right
Michael Bryant – Midfielder
Maxi Rodriguez – Midfielder
Devon Amoo-Mensah – Defender
Karl Ouimette – Defender
Connor Rutz – Forward
Nate Steinwascher – Goalkeeper
Stephen Carroll – Defender/Captain

Alexandra Billeter was tonight’s head referee.  She made her professional debut as head referee on October 5, 2020 when Atlanta United II played at The Miami FC.  The stadium was empty due to COVID, Miami won 3-1, and eight yellow cards were shown to four players on each team.  In 2021, she officiated eight NWSL matches including one in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.  She has arbitrated two US Open Cup and three NWSL matches this year, and tonight is her first in the USL Championship in 2022.  Her assistants were Ben Rigel and Stephen Milhoun.

Lesson #1: Do not underestimate the Captain’s reach.

In the 13th minute, Stephen Carroll, from halfway between the top of City’s box and center stripe, launched a long ball down field, beyond everyone, landing it ten yards from the Atlanta box.  Deklan Wynne was the first to catch it.  A couple strides and one touch put Deklan in the box, who then sent it across to Pato Botello Faz.  Pato made no mistake in burying it into the back of the net for his fourth of the season.




Lesson #2: Don’t try to be cute with Hoppenot nearby.

In the 32nd minute, Atlanta defenders were trying to find a way out of their zone with so many City players marking.  The ball kicked back to keeper Vincente Reyes who gave it a touch a little harder than he wanted.  Antoine Hoppenot was able to beat Reyes’ attempted recovery and put it behind the keeper to double City’s lead.


Lesson #3:  Just because you got one back, doesn’t mean you’re back in the match.

As the sands in the quarter-hour glass were funneling down, a lofted free kick found Nelson Orji open.  Orji headed it past Nate in the 44th minute. Four minutes into the second half, Maxi Rodriguez, from midfield, delivered a ball out right to Antoine Hoppenot.  With Pato going down the center, Maxi drifted left on the attack, creating a three-on-three.  Antoine was able to guide the ball to just inside the box.  With a defender approaching, Antoine sent the ball across.  Pato, drawing the other two defenders to him, let the ball roll to a wide open Maxi Rodriguez, who reclaimed the two-goal lead.



Efrain Morales saw his second yellow card of the match in the 64th minute for a nasty tackle on Abdoulaye Diop, bringing Atlanta down a man with less than a half hour to play.  This was only the third red card issued to a City opponent, the other two were also Atlanta United II players during our visit last month.

Trevor James made only two subs, both in the 80th minute:  Rhys Williams and Francis Atuahene came in for Abdoulaye Diop and Antoine Hoppenot.

Class was dismissed after seven minutes of added time, and MLS left town without any points again.  Beating Atlanta United II twice, New York Red Bulls II, Loudoun United FC, and, of course, the Columbus Crew SC, that gives us five wins in five matches against MLS and their affiliates.

Player of the Match: Pato.



Detroit City FC 3, Atlanta United II 1
DCFC:  Pato Botello Faz (Deklan Wynne) 13′
DCFC:  Antoine Hoppenot 32′
ATL2:  Orji Nelson Chukwuma (Robbie Mertz) 44′
DCFC: Maxi Rodriguez (Antoine Hoppenot) 49′



Possession: DCFC 47.4%  ATL 52.6%
Offsides:  DCFC 2, ATL 0
Corners:  DCFC 6, ATL 3
Passes:  DCFC 384, ATL 430
Passing Accuracy: DCFC 76.3%, ATL 78.4%
Shots:  DCFC 11. ATL 5
Shots on Target: DCFC 7, ATL 3
Blocked Shots:  DCFC 2. ATL 2
Fouls: DCFC 14, ATL 15
Yellow Cards:  DCFC 3 (Abdoulaye Diop, Karl Ouimette, Michael Bryant), ATL 2 (Efrain Morales, Robbie Mertz)
Red Cards:  DCFC 0, ATL 1 (Efrain Morales second yellow card)

KEEPER KIT RECORD (Both USL Championship and Open Cup)

The winning continues in yellow.

  • Purple Kit:  2 draws
  • Yellow Kit: 4 wins, 2 clean sheets
  • Blue Kit:  5 wins, 1 draw, 3 loss, 2 clean sheets


Indy Eleven 2, New York Red Bulls II 0
Charleston Battery 0, Miami FC 4
Louisville City FC 0, Monterey Bay 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
Rio Grande Valley 2, San Diego Loyal 1
Oakland Roots 1, Los Angeles Galaxy II 0
Orange County 2, El Paso Locomotive 2





Some of the Women’s Team made an appearance in the Northern Guard Supporters Section.


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