May 23, 2013
Soccer News Net staff
Rust Belt Rivalry heats up
Rust Belt Rivalry goes in favor of Detroit
Detroit City FC defeated rival AFC Cleveland, 2-1 on Saturday in front of over 1,800 at Cass Tech High School.
As was the case in their 5-1 drubbing of Sparta the previous week, the DCFC offensive attack generated many early opportunities.
The Royals struck first. A field-aided turnover at the top of the 18-yard box in the 13th minute gave Cleveland forward Vinny Bell a breakaway. He dribbled to the left of goalkeeper Jeremy Clark and placed home the opportunity for an early 1-0 advantage.
After Zach Myers was taken down in the box during a scramble for the ball, Le Rouge rookie Kevin Taylor placed his pk into the right side of the net for his first goal in a Detroit City uniform to knot things up at one heading into halftime.
“A penalty is the easy way to get one,” Taylor said. “But no, it feels great. With the fans and the atmosphere, it’s awesome.”
Just three minutes into the second half, following a dash up the sideline right back Zeke Harris lofted a beautiful cross to Knox Cameron , who converted for his third goal of the season and a 2-1 City edge.
“From playing pro to coming back to Michigan and trying to build a grassroots team, and get something started in Detroit, it’s great for the city, Taylor said of the atmosphere at the game. “You see by the support of the fans and everything that everyone is really into it. It makes it easy for us when we have an atmosphere like that.”
With the victory, Detroit City sits in first place in the Great Lakes Division of the NPSL. FC Buffalo is also 2-0-0 but Detroit leads in goal differential. Le Rouge will take on Zanesville Athletic, a newcomer to the division, at home on May 25 at 7:30 pm.
Revolution Fall Out of U.S. Open Cup
The Atlanta Silverbacks defeated the Georgia Revolution 3-2 on Tuesday night, knocking the final NPSL club out of the tournament.
The NASL side came away victorious in the Atlanta derby as the Silverbacks scored three goals in the first hour to hold off their crosstown foes.
Kwadwo Poku, who came into the second round tied for the tournament lead with four goals, notched an assist for the Revolution.
Storming the Storm
The Orange County Pateadores Football Club beat the Santa Clarita Storm 4-2 on Saturday.
Jesse Preciado gave the Pateadores the lead in the 9th minute. Santa Clarita came back to even the score in the 27th minute on a goal by Andres Bueno.
Pateadores took the lead again by way of ex Chivas USA and Cuban National Team player, Maykel Galindo, scoring in the 47th minute.
One minute later, Leopoldo "Polo" Morales who now has 4 goals in 4 games, widened the lead with a strike that moved the score to 3-1. In the 65th minute, Preciado scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-1, and Santa Clara added a late goal.