Detroit City FC Prepares for First Round U.S. Open Cup Match

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NPSL side Detroit City FC is busy preparing for their first appearance in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup  tournament.  On May 7th in Livonia. Mich. at 7 PM, they will play host to the Chicago based RWB Adria. The Croatian club, founded in 1959 by immigrants, were the 2013 USASA Amateur Cup national champions. The club competes in the National Soccer League, the premier semi-professional soccer competition in Illinois. They also compete against other Croatian based clubs in the Croatian North American Soccer Tournament.  Started in 1964, RWB Adria has won the title 13 times, including last year.  RWB is returning with the same roster that garnered all that success last year.

Detroit City FC joins 10 other NPSL clubs in an expanded field of 80 clubs involved in the 101 U.S. Open Cup competition.  The division four entries increased from last year’s 34 to 42 in 2014. Detroit City sat atop the power ranking for three weeks toward the end of the 2013 season. Their only blemish to their 11-1-1 record last season was a loss to the Erie Admirals in the Great Lakes Championship.

The ownership group of Detroit City FC have been preparing for a possible Open Cup run has well as a championship run in the NPSL. From hiring a full-time General manager to player selection under second year coach, Ben Pirmann, the club looks to build on past successes. The Northern Guard and Motor City Supporters will create a unique atmosphere.  La Rouge will have added incentive to win. If they beat RWB Adria they will host cross-town neighbors, USL-PDL side Michigan Bucks.  They will be facing a talented and successful side from Chicago who know how to win on the road.  The match could be a physical low0scoring affair or a complete blowout.

Will Lipscomb writes for Stoppage Time Soccer about the lower tiers of the American soccer pyramid.  You can follow him on Twitter @City_AWAYDCFC