Detroit City Football Club to join USL Championship division in 2022


Detroit City Football Club started playing football in 2012, mainly against local and regional teams. Enthusiastic supporters filled the stands to watch the home games at Cass Technical High School, then followed ‘The Red’ as they made their way to historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

He has come a long way in a decade.

We built – from scratch – a professional football team in a city where most people thought it was impossible. “- City of Detroit FC co-owner Alex Wright

In 2019, DCFC turned professional as one of the founding members of the National Independent Football Association. Since then, City have dominated CSRN, winning back-to-back championships and posting an impressive record of 18 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses.

Now the club owners have decided it is time to improve their game.

They ask permission to leave CSRN to join the highest professional level of the United Soccer League in 2022, the LSU Championship division.

Co-owner Alex Wright says it’s a big step.

The LSU The championship is the second tier of American football, just below Major League Soccer, ”he says. “So the quality of the game is higher. “

Wright says supporters should be proud of this DCFC accomplished.

We built – from scratch – a professional football team in a city where most people thought it was impossible, ”he says. “We did it by living our values, by making it community-driven and fan-focused.”

Wright says many people had already purchased 2022 season tickets before the announcement and adds that anyone who buys tickets online now will. not pay higher prices.

Professional sport costs way too much, ”he says. “We need to get back to a time when a family of four can teach love and passion for our game without breaking the bank.”

The move to LSU The championship will also expose more people to DCFC nationwide through ESPNlinear channels and streaming platforms of.

We will have home and away games on ESPN“says Wright.

Moving from the city to LSU comes as a surprise to many, including the league he helped form in 2019. Since its inception, the club has championed the growth of independent fan-based and community-based football leagues. And unlike most other countries in the world, the we football system does not promote or relegate teams between leagues based on their performance. DCFC supporters despise (to put it mildly) “closed” leagues in general and MLS More precisely.

CSRN released the following statement after the City’s announcement:

Announcing the jump before the end of the season, and not respecting its commitment for the 2022 season, calls into question sporting integrity. It’s surprising that Detroit City – a historically staunch supporter of the open system – chose the “franchise” over the “club”; “Closed” to “open”.

CSRN says he wishes City good luck as long as he “abides by the legal agreements and obligations that the league and member clubs have forged together.”

The league says it remains committed to building an open system and adds four new clubs in 2022.

DCFC has one CSRN match remaining on schedule against Michigan stars FC November 20 at the Roméo high school. His game against Los Angeles Force on November 13 was called off due to a breakthrough handle COVID-19 cases among THE players.

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