When you start to see rouge and gold colored banners and scarves around Metro Detroit, that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the new Detroit City Football Club season to kick off.
Returning for its eighth year, DCFC is set to kick off its most eventful season yet. The action officially gets under way with a friendly match against Chattanooga FC in Tennessee on Saturday, April 6. The club will take part in friendly matches against Michigan State University and Flint City Bucks before league play begins on Sunday, May 12 against the Michigan Stars.
The first match at the club’s home field, Keyworth Stadium, will take place on Sunday, May 12 against Kalamazoo FC. The club will be part of the National Premier Soccer League which features clubs from Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Columbus, and the aforementioned Kalamazoo.
What’s exciting about this season is that the club will be taking part of the first-ever NPSL Founders Cup. 11 clubs will be participating in the competition for the cup, with DCFC’s first match-up at Miami FC on Saturday, August 10. DCFC will face-off against Chattanooga FC at Keyworth Stadium on Saturday, August 17 with a weekly schedule running through October 26.
This is also the first step for the club going professional. With Detroit City FC’s participation in this year’s NSPL Founders Cup and a full league schedule to follow in 2020, DCFC continues to grow every year..
“The Founders Cup presents a new challenge for us and allows us to bring in professionally paid players. With the addition of Founders Cup, we’ll have a longer schedule — we will be hosting 16 games this year – which means more chances for fans to experience Detroit soccer,” Media Director for DCFC Lindsey Pehrson said.
For those who want to show off their skills, be sure to check out the club’s Coupe Le Rouge 3v3 tournament taking place at the Detroit City Fieldhouse on Saturday, April 27. The inaugural tournament will feature a co-ed competition for youth and adult age groups. The tournament will feature food and drinks, but you must register beforehand if you want to compete, so be sure to visit the website to see how.
“Now that we have the Detroit City Fieldhouse, we’re able to host more events and tournaments for soccer players of all ages in Metro Detroit. Registration for Coupe Le Rouge is filling up quickly so anyone who wants to sign up should do that sooner rather than later,” Pehrson said.
Along with the tournament, the Detroit City Fieldhouse will be busy this spring and summer with skills camps taking place through August. The camps are open to anyone between the ages of 6 and 17, with the first taking place starting on April 1 and more to come starting in June. Again, you must register beforehand, on their website.
Between the exciting matches, tournaments, and skill camps, there is something always going on with DCFC and the Detroit City Fieldhouse. You can always check out the club’s website for the latest information, along with keeping up with their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.