by Chris Zadorozny(@Zads07)
Since 1978 Detroit has had seven semi-professional soccer teams come and go through the Metro area. There are currently two in the area, but only one plays in the heart of the city.
Detroit City FC, a semi-professional soccer club set up shop at Cass Tech Technical High School, just outside of Downtown Detroit in 2012. One year later, fans continue to pour into “Le Rouge” games, chanting and cheering on the team that they love.
Playing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), four steps below the major league level, Le Rouge finished second in the Midwest Region of the Great Lakes Division last year, only to fall in the semi-final.
This year, they are currently undefeated, 7-0-0 and will host the playoffs for the Great Lakes Division in July.
Detroit City FC doesn’t draw fans just for the game. Fans show up because of the huge supporter section that brings the noise each and every home game. Made up of three groups, the Le Rouge Supporters,Northern Guard Supporters, and Motor City Supporters bring in smoke bombs, giants drums and flags, along with team paraphernalia to cheer on DCFC.
Chants, smoke, noise, songs, drumming and taunting fills the air at Cass Tech each game. It’s a phenomenal experience. Attendance is up almost every game according to Dan Garnell, a member of Motor City Supporters. Unfortunately, sometimes Tigers games coincide with DCFC games and attendance is slightly down.
Still, against Zanesville Athletic FC last Friday, Le Rouge defeated them 4-0 in front of a crowd of 1,600 people. Cass Tech can hold 5,000 and it may not seem like much, but for a city craving some sort of professional soccer, DCFC provides that outlet.
Food trucks, rallies at Harry’s Bar before the game and original chants and fans give Detroiters one of the best experiences in soccer that is nearly unrivaled. Don’t let my words speak for you though, go out and see for yourself.
DCFC plays against the Columbus Crew Super 20s squad in a non-league match on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30pm. Their next home game, and final regular season home game of the season will come on Sunday, June 23 at 1:00pm against FC Buffalo.
The playoffs will be on Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14 at 5:00pm and 3:00pm respectively. If you can make it out to a DCFC match sometime in the next few weeks, you’d be doing yourself a favor.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s only $5 to get in? Yea, it’s quite a bargain. So get down to Cass Tech for a game as the season winds down. Bring someone with you; it’s a heck of a time.
To read the original post that appeared on Sports Radio Detroit on June 18, 2013, go to www.sportsradiodetroit.com