Detroit City FC

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Detroit City FC
Full name Detroit City Football Club
Nickname(s) Le Rouge
Founded 2012
Stadium Cass Technical High School Stadium, Detroit, MI
Ground Capacity 3,000
Head Coach Ben Pirmann
League National Premier Soccer League
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

Detroit City FC (DCFC) is an American soccer club based in Detroit, Michigan that plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. Detroit City play their home games at Cass Technical High School in downtown Detroit. Their manager is Ben Pirmann.

Detroit City FC has a rivalry with FC Buffalo, and AFC Cleveland with whom they contest in the Rust Belt Derby. The team's nickname is Le Rouge, derived from Detroit's French roots.


Detroit City FC was started by a group of five Detroit residents who wanted a club of their own that would promote the city and help build community through soccer.[1] In their first season in the NPSL, Detroit City FC finished second in the five team Great Lakes Conference of the Midwest Region. Le Rouge went on to lose 2 - 1 to AFC Cleveland in the Great Lakes Conference Semi-finals, ending their season with a 5 - 2 - 5 record. In December 2012, it was announced that head coach Kylie Stannard and associate coach Cale Wassermann would not be returning for a second season with the team due to other obligations. The following month, Ben Pirmann took over as head coach and Adil Salmoni was hired as associate head coach.

In 2013, Detroit City finished first in the Great Lakes Conference of the Midwest Region and were ranked #1 in the NPSL following an undefeated regular season and a Rust Belt Derby Championship. After beating rival AFC Cleveland for the 3rd time that season in the semi-finals 3 - 1, DCFC lost to Erie Admirals, ending their season with a 12-1-1 record.

Head Coach[edit]

  • United States Kylie Stannard (2012)
  • United States Ben Pirmann (2013 – present)

Associate Head Coach[edit]

  • United States Cale Wassermann (2012)
  • United States Adil Salmoni (2013 – present)



2013 Detroit City FC

2013 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Mike Weist
Brazil MF Fabio Villas Boas Pereira
United States MF Jon Evans
United States MF Matt Ybarra
0 United States GK Bret Mollon
2 United States FW Jeff Adkins
3 United States FW Adam Bedell
4 United States MF Lachlan Savage
5 United States MF Latif Alashe
6 United States DF Josh Rogers (Captain)
7 United States MF Cyrus Saydee
8 United States MF Spencer Thompson
9 United States MF Kevin Taylor (vice-captain)
10 United States FW Knox Cameron
11 United States DF Ezekiel Harris
12 United States DF Nick Lewin
No. Position Player
13 United States MF David Dwaihy
14 United States FW Tom Oatley
15 United States FW Zach Myers
16 United States MF Wade Allen
17 United States MF TJ Van Slooten
18 England MF David Edwardson
19 United States MF Miche'le Lipari
20 United States FW Shawn Claud Lawson
21 United States MF Nate Norman
22 United States MF Chase Jabbori
23 United States DF Zach Schewee
24 United States MF Austin Oldham
25 United States MF Raphael Reynolds
26 United States MF Grant Chong
27 United States DF Lucas Diener
30 United States GK Jeremy Clark

Notable Former Players[edit]


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 NPSL 2nd, Midwest-Great Lakes, 5-5-2 Conference Semi-Final Not Eligible.[2]
2013 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest-Great Lakes, 11-1-0 Conference Final Did not qualify[3]

Historic Record Vs Opponents[edit]

Opponent Regular Season (W-D-L) Post-season (W-L) Total (W-D-L)
AFC Cleveland 2-3-1 1-1 3-3-2
Erie Admirals 3-1-1 0-1 3-1-2
FC Buffalo 4-1-0 0-0 4-1-0
Greater Binghamton FC 2-1-0 0-0 2-1-0
Sparta Michigan 2-0-0 0-0 2-0-0
Zanesville Athletic 3-0-0 0-0 3-0-0
ALL-TIME 16-6-2 1-2 17-6-4

Club Culture[edit]

The Northern Guard celebrate a goal during a home game at Cass Tech


Le Rouge Supporters, Northern Guard Supporters and the Motor City Supporters are three distinct groups that collectively represent the soccer supporting culture at DCFC matches.

Known for setting off fireworks, walking into the stadium in a parade-like manner, and chanting an already established series of songs and cheers, supporters groups have become a staple at Detroit City FC home games and have even traveled with the team to show their support. In 2013, City fans recorded an all new high attendance record at Cass Tech, bringing over 2600 people to watch Detroit City FC end AFC Cleveland's season with a 3 - 1 victory.


Supporters of Detroit City FC, FC Buffalo, and AFC Cleveland formed the 'Rust Belt Derby'. The winner of the Derby is based on the head to head record of the midwestern clubs during regular season NPSL matches.[4] These are typically high pressure games and particular fan favorites, especially by Detroit City FC supporter groups who have been known to greatly antagonize DCFC’s opponents.[5] Cleveland won the inaugural Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit.[6] Detroit City FC would come back and win the 2013 Rust Belt Derby trophy after beating FC Buffalo 2 - 1.

Detroit City FC also compete in friendly games against Windsor Stars in an across the bridge battle. These games create a patriotic sentiment from fans and are normally accompanied by frequent cheers of “USA” and waving American flags.

Kit Supplier and Sponsor[edit]

Years Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Front Sponsor Back Sponsor
2012 Nike Independent Detroit businesses sponsored individual players Slows to Go/ Michigan Greensafe Products
2013 Nike None CorePower/MillKing it Productions



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