Rust Belt Derby

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Rust Belt Derby
Rust Belt Derby logo.jpg
Participants: FC Buffalo Detroit City FC
Hiatus: AFC Cleveland
Originated: 2012
Current Holder: Detroit City FC
Total Rust Belt Derby Wins
Buffalo (0)
Cleveland (1)
2012
Detroit (4)
2013 2014 2015 2016

The Rust Belt Derby is a soccer rivalry currently played between Detroit City FC and FC Buffalo (with AFC Cleveland as a former winner/participant) who play in the National Premier Soccer League, the fourth tier of American soccer. The Derby is between select NPSL teams that play in the Rust Belt region of the United States.

The series is based on the results of games played between the three sides, much like the Cascadia Cup.[1] Cleveland won the inaugural Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit City.[2]

In 2016 AFC Cleveland went on hiatus and Detroit City had been moved to a neighboring conference but continued the derby with a home-and-away series of friendlies against Buffalo, which saw Detroit win the trophy for the fourth consecutive time.[3] As of 2017 the status of the derby is unknown.

Results[edit]

Year Winner Win number Runner-up
2012 AFC Cleveland 1 Detroit City FC
2013 Detroit City FC 1 FC Buffalo
2014 Detroit City FC 2 FC Buffalo
2015 Detroit City FC 3 FC Buffalo
2016 Detroit City FC 4 FC Buffalo

2012 Rust Belt Derby standings[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Points
1 AFC Cleveland 6 3 3 0 14 8 +6 12
2 Detroit City FC 6 2 3 1 11 5 +6 9
3 FC Buffalo 6 0 2 4 4 16 −12 2

2013 Rust Belt Derby standings[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit City FC 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6 10
2 FC Buffalo 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1 6
3 AFC Cleveland 4 0 1 3 5 10 −5 1

2014 Rust Belt Derby standings[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit City FC 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 3
2 FC Buffalo 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
3 AFC Cleveland 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 3

2015 Rust Belt Derby standings[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit City FC 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4
2 FC Buffalo 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3 AFC Cleveland 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1

2016 Rust Belt Derby standings[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Detroit City FC 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
2 FC Buffalo 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

Tiebreakers[edit]

Rust Belt Derby tiebreakers are decided on total goal differential among participating teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/134/the-rust-belt-derby
  2. ^ "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Detroit City FC beats Buffalo FC, wins Rust Belt Derby". Detroit News. June 6, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2017.