SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological University men’s soccer program is set to host Detroit City Football Club in a preseason friendly at LTU Athletic Field on Sunday, April 30, the club announced. Opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
“This is an opportunity to play against a very well coached team and program that has been built by their supporters and owners,” LTU Head Coach Will Dyer said. “We are honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to playing with them on our pitch. It is a great learning opportunity for our players to play against some of the best players in the state as well as their supporters who bleed DCFC.”
Detroit City Football Club is a member of the National Premier Soccer League and was founded in 2012 by a group of five: David Dwaihy, Todd Kropp, Sean Mann, Ben Steffans, and Alex Wright. The club was inspired from Mann’s co-ed recreational league, Detroit City Futbol League, played on Belle Isle. The league took off when it began in 2010 and that success turned into what is now the Detroit City Football Club, which hosts sold-out games at historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.
“DCFC has partnered with Lawrence Tech for a few seasons now,” Wright said. “So it's only fitting that we met for an exhibition match. It will be a quality test for our team as we prepare for the NPSL season, and we're excited to add this match to our preseason schedule and continue our great relationship with LTU.”
DCFC is set to use the LTU Athletic Field as their training facility this summer, so this gives the players and staff a first look at the brand new turf field at LTU.
"We are really excited to play in Southfield in a tough road test, but also have the proximity to our fans to allow them see our group near the city,” DCFC Head Coach Ben Pirmann said. “We will also be playing at the stadium that will serve as our training facility for the summer so it will give our guys a good sense of playing at 'home' as well."
This preseason friendly is one of three that DCFC will play this spring and Coach Pirmann is excited to see how the club does as it prepares for the NPSL season.
"All of three of our preseason games will be used to evaluate the group of players that we have, creative a competitive squad and start to determine a playing group,” Pirman said. We know playing against a team like LTU will prepare our guys well with good speed of play and a well-coached opponent."
LTU competes against other colleges and universities in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Coach Pirmann is no stranger to the NAIA, as his team has a few NAIA players on it, including a Lawrence Tech player.
“Our roster will be very diverse and we will have a few NAIA players in our group - including at least one from LTU,” Pirmann said. “To play against a top NAIA school like Lawrence Tech will be a great opportunity for many players to display their abilities. Will (Dyer) has done a tremendous job at LTU and is a good friend and colleague. He coaches the game the right way and truly cares about his players. We are also using LTU facilities this summer and couldn't be happier to play this game at this site. I think this will be a positive soccer experience for DCFC and LTU, but also for the community of Southfield and Metro Detroit.”
For Lawrence Tech, the game will end the spring training session that sees the team host scrimmages on March 25 and April 15. On March 25, Lawrence Tech faces Northwood (Mich.) University at 1 p.m. and Cleary (Mich.) University at 3 p.m. On April 15, the Blue Devils play Marygrove (Mich.) College at 2 p.m. and Huntington (Ind.) University at 3 p.m. All games will be played at the LTU Athletic Field, at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway (M-10), an area of campus known as The Point.
Admission to the DCFC friendly is $5, with children under 5 admitted free. Parking is available in Lawrence Tech lots G and H, with free shuttle service to the field. For directions and location information, visit www.ltu.edu/map.
For more information on LTU athletics, contact Sports Information Director Jay R. Nicols at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 204-3867.