Old Futbol Buffet–Allez Le Rouge!

Saturday finished up a fantastic seven days of soccer and hanging out with fellow supporters and players.  It started last Saturday with the US/Scotland friendly; Sunday pick up soccer; Tuesday was the Michigan Bucks/Chicago Fire US Open Cup game; the US/Brazil friendly on Wednesday; more pick up on Thursday.  Today was my first trip to see the new semi-pro team in Detroit—Detroit City FC.

My son and I got up early in the morning, hit Dunkin Donuts for some coffee and donuts then came home to pack to go.  A couple of guys picked us up and we were off to Cass Tech High School for some pre game festivities.  A nice sized group hung out in the parking lot, taking care of dogs and beers before heading in for kick off.  The weather cooperated and provided a fantastic backdrop for the afternoon.

DCFC, playing a narrow 4-4-2 started quickly and never let up against Greater Binghamton FC, creating several chances before a defense error allowed Kyle Bethel to score the opener.  He added a second before halftime as it was all one way traffic for Le Rouge.  The second half continued in the same way as the first, with DCFC adding two more goals to complete a dominating performance to remain unbeaten in the league.

Several players caught my eye for Le Rouge—Latif Alashe, #5, a holding midfielder who covered a lot of ground, broke up attacks and made a series of important transition passes; Zach Schewee, #17, an outside left back who got up and down the line, defending and maintaining possession with equal quality; and Cyrus Saydee, #16, a Lansing product who played far stronger than his small stature–receiving, shielding and creating—in a comprehensive 70 minutes or so.

The Supporters (Northern Guard, Le Rouge, and Motor City Supporters) were in fine voice and we could here their chants all the way across the field.  I thoroughly enjoyed the day and can’t wait to go back to downtown Detroit for another game.  Allez Le Rouge!!

After watching a couple of amateur games this week, I finally tried to understand US soccer pyramid.  I only got as far as the Wikipedia page, which summarizes the levels as MLS then NASL then USL Pro.  The “fourth tier” is the USL PDL league and NPSL, both of which draw from the collegiate ranks.  So the Michigan Bucks are in the Great Lakes Conference of the Midwest Division of the PDL, and DCFC are in the Central Conference of the Great Lakes Division of the NASL.  Got it?  Good.

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Podcasts

Anto and Phil had Uli Hesse on Beyond the Pitch to discuss the climax of the Bundesliga season, give an early preview of next season and look at Germany’s chances at the Euros.  Entertaining and informative as always.

Guardian’s Football Weekly previewed the upcoming European Championships, breaking down each group and predicting top scorers and possible surprises.

Phil and Doron looked back on Manchester United’s season on Beyond the Pitch in an attempt to see if this season was a success (injuries, Manchester City’s spending) or a failure (blowing eight point lead in the final weeks, not scoring enough goals, playing the wrong team against City).  They also looked at the financial future of the club and players come through the ranks.

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Article

Brian Phillips from Run of Play looked back on Klinsmann’s tenure while looking ahead to the World Cup Qualifiers for Grantland.  Where does this team stand?  Predictably unpredictable as usual, although with Jurgen in charge, they are a tad more exciting.  Friday begins the official journey towards WC 2014 and we’ll have to wait almost 18 months for the payoff.

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    • Robert Andersen
    • June 3rd, 2012

    Good re-cap. In the match against Binghamton, the DCFC did not play four of their power starters, in part because one had been served a red card last match but also, I think, the much weaker Binghamton team provided an opportunity to serve up field time to some players who haven’t seen much this season. Missing Saturday were defender/captain Josh Rogers, midfielder Spencer Thompson and forwards Tom Oatley & Stephan St. Louis. Curious to hear your thoughts about the DCFC when you see these fellas take the pitch.

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