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MWPL Match Preview | LCFC vs BIH Grand Rapids

Livonia (Saturday, June 12th, 2021) – We kick off against BIH Grand Rapids tonight at 5 PM in the second match against the two teams this season. In the reverse fixture in Grand Rapids, we battled to a 0-0 draw, and coming off the first league win of the season, we’ll look to continue our momentum with 3 more points.

Now in 5th place in the East Division table, we are at 6 points on the season, while BIH sitting at 6th place with multiple games in hand.


MWPL TEAM NEWS

  • Matt VerSteeg is back in the starting lineup after being out with injury for the past few games
  • Michael Forbes gets his first call up from the U23 squad and can make his first appearance with the club if brought on
  • Also making his first call up from the U23s, Zach Buvalic will make his debut in the starting XI

Tonight’s Squad Selection

Goalkeepers: Peter Arton, Michael Forbes

Defenders: Matt VerSteeg, Thomas Mackey, Mitchell Jones, Zach Buvalic, Etienne Viaud-Murat, Calvin Kalemaj, Drew Terhune

Midfielders: Garet Hintzman, Andrew Burgeson, Jake Reitzloff, Gavin Cameron, Zach Hill, Adam Silberg, Craig Beebe

Forwards: Kyle Breitmeyer, Pat Smith

 

MATCH INFORMATION

MWPL – Saturday, June 12th | Total Sports Wixom | 5 PM EST

 

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MWPL Match Preview | LCFC vs. LK St. Clair

 

Livonia (Saturday, June 5th, 2021) – Our men head into their 8th match of the MWPL season, coming off of a difficult last 2 weeks, where we failed to score in two matches.

On Saturday, May 22nd, we traveled to the West side of the state to face off against BIH Grand Rapids. While it was a well-played match by both sides, it ended in a 0-0 draw. Last weekend, we hosted a very strong Detroit City FC U23 side and were unfortunately blanked 5-0.

The boys look to turn things around as they’re still in search of their first win of the season. Stuck at 0-3-4, we face off tomorrow against fellow cellar-dwellers, LK St. Clair, who has just 1 point on the season (0-1-4).


TEAM NEWS

  • Vince Bruno and Matt VerSteeg, the center back pairing with the most appearances this year are both out for tomorrow’s match
  • Dylan Turner and Drew Terhune are back in the 18 for their 2nd appearances of the season
  • With a lack of forwards available, Pat Smith will lead the line
  • If he starts, Peter Arton will make his 3rd straight start in net

Here’s the full list of players selected in the 18 for tomorrow:

Goalkeepers: Peter Arton, Robert Dameron

Defenders: Conor Reaume, Drew Terhune, Thomas Mackey, Dylan Turner, Mitchell Jones, Calvin Kalemaj

Midfielders: Zach Hill, Thomas Dono, Tim Breckwoldt, Andrew Burgeson, Gavin Cameron, Kyle Johnson, Adam Silberg, Caleb Dupree, Garet Hintzman

Forwards:  Pat Smith

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, June 5th | Mount Clemens High School | 6:30 PM EST

Tickets are available here: bit.ly/3vXbbx5

 

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UWS2 Match Day 1 Preview | LCFC vs Michigan Stars FC

The United Women’s Soccer League Two (UWS2) season has arrived! Our Women finally kick off their season tomorrow night, as they travel to face Michigan Stars FC.

Heading in opening weekend, we look to get off to strong start in what we expect to be a very competitive Great Lakes Conference. Our conference opponents include AFC Plymouth, Corktown AFC II, Detroit City FC II, FC Midland, Grand Haven Admirals, Legends FC, Michigan Stars FC, North Oakland Soccer Company (NOSC), Rebels FC and Thundercats SC.

While this will be our first match of the season, a few teams have already started their season. Corktown, one of the expected favorites to win the conference is off to a 1-0-1 start and sits on top of the table with 4 points after a draw with Grand Haven and a victory over Michigan Stars. Thundercats SC, a new club based out of New Baltimore, MI came out of the gates very strong with a resounding 12-0 win over AFC Plymouth.

Key Matches

  • Our first home match of the season will be next week, May 27th where we’ll host Michigan Legends
  • On June 27th, we host Corktown AFC II which we believe will be one of our biggest home matches of the season against a very strong Corktown squad
  • We have two big away matches to end the season. On July 15th, we head to Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck to face Detroit City FC II, and then on July 18th we head to the West side of the state to take on Grand Haven Admirals

Tonight’s Roster

Juliana Caro Pachon (GK)
Abby Lemerise
Marla Cobetto
Gabby Sgambati
Brittney Carter
Madalyn Mosallam
Maura McGlynn
Ashley Salinas
Elena Vasquez
Megan Verant
Renee Wright
Clare Ciarlino
Kate Kolongowski
Kayla Wiltshire
Jenna Guck
Lacey Chanady

Coach Jeremiah “JB” Belton: 

“I am very excited to get back to playing soccer matches. With everything we have all been through this last year, it’s great to see we have a chance to play. I know the ladies were disappointed with not getting to play an official season last summer so they have been working hard to prepare for this season.

Even though things still aren’t quite back to normal, we are excited to be part of a rapidly expanding league. As GM, Head coach, and #girldad it brings me great pleasure to be able to be part of this incredible growth in women’s soccer.

This summer promises to be filled with excitement and I look forward to leading the ladies to a very successful season!”

 

THIS WEEKEND’S MATCH INFORMATION

Friday, May 21st | Michigan Stars Sports Center | 6:30 PM EST

 

LIVESTREAM

We’ll share the live stream link once it’s available. You can also follow along on Twitter for our live match tweets.

 

 

 

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Match Recap | LCFC Men Perform Well in 2-1 Loss

 

Livonia, MI (May 15th, 2021) – Our Men had a strong performance last night but were ultimately unable to capitalize on their chances in a 2-1 loss to Michigan Stars U23 (1-0-0, 3 points). By failing to secure any points, LCFC fall to 0-2-2, with 2 points in league play which puts them at 4th place in the East Division.

In the first few minutes of the match, the Stars looked dangerous in the final third. Robert Dameron showed great effort in making a double save to halt a dangerous Stars attack, but just minutes later the Stars were able to finish at the far post to start off the scoring.

LCFC responded well and had multiple chances on net, including a Caleb Dupree shot that rattled the post. With about 10 minutes before halftime, Thomas Dono was able to cap off a dominant few minutes by scoring a brilliant goal in his first appearance of the season. Pressuring the Stars backline, Dono was able to pluck the ball out of the air away from a defender and curl his shot over the goalkeeper’s head from 20 yards out.

Although we looked even stronger in the second half and held the majority of possession, the boys were unable to find another goal while giving up a second goal late in the second half. Both Kyle Breitmeyer and Ivan Panergo had opportunities to tie things up late in the match but were both unlucky to not score.

Head Coach, Gaven King: 

To no fault to the team as a whole, we fought hard for 90+ minutes. We did have a few costly mistakes that we’ll need to clean up going forward in order to get the results we need.

It was great to have some of the younger players starting and coming off the bench getting experience at this level. Seeing how they came out and performed, the future is definitely bright for the club. I’m especially proud of Thomas Dono, who scored a fantastic goal in his first game back with the club.”

 

Match Notes:

  • Robert Dameron did well in goal in his first league match of the season, before being replaced by Zach Shuk in the 2nd half.
  • Matt VerSteeg continued his starts streak, by starting in his 4th league match and 6th match overall this season.
  • Mitchell Jones, Nyle Ellis, Thomas Dono, and Caleb Dupree all made their first league starts of the season
  • Mac Bechard returned from injury to make his first league appearance of the season as a second-half sub
  • Calvin Kalemaj gave off the bench in the second half to make his first club appearance

 

Lineups & Substitutes:

Livonia City:

GK: Robert Dameron

D: Matt VerSteeg, Conor Reaume, Thomas Mackey, Mitchell Jones

M: Nyle Ellis, Andrew Burgeson Thomas Dono, Ivan Panergo, Caleb Dupree

F: Kyle Breitmeyer

Subs: Zach Shuk (GK), Gavin Cameron, Pat Smith, Calvin Kalemaj, Mac Bechard, Garet Hintzman

 

Scoring Summary: Thomas Dono – 30′

 

Next Match: We hit the road to face BIH Grand Rapids on 5/22

 

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MWPL Match Preview | LCFC vs. Michigan Stars U23

 

Livonia (Friday, May 14th, 2021) – After a much needed weekend off, our Men’s team is back at home to take on Michigan Stars FC U23. This will be the first match of the MWPL season for the Stars, whose first team plays in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).

It’s already the 4th league match of the season for City and sit in 3rd place in the East Division table. With 2 draws and a loss, the boys are in much need of win with multiple games in hand and hope the past weekend off will help us bounce back.

TEAM NEWS

  • Center backs Vince Bruno and Matt VerSteeg continue their streak of starting together for the 5th game in a row
  • Robert Dameron, Caleb Dupree, Thomas Dono and Calvin Kalemaj all make their first league 18 of the season
  • After multiple injury scratches from the lineup, Kyle Breitmeyer is cleared to play and will make his first league start of the season

Here are the 18 players selected for tomorrow’s match:

Goalkeepers: Zach Shuk, Robert Dameron

Defenders: Matt VerSteeg, Vince Bruno, Thomas Mackey, Mitch Jones, Conor Reaume

Midfielders: Nyle Ellis, Caleb Dupree, Thomas Dono, Jake Reitzloff, Ivan Panergo, Andrew Burgeson, Gavin Cameron, Calvin Kalemaj, Kyle Johnson

Forwards: Kyle Breitmeyer, Pat Smith


HOW TO WATCH

Our live stream will be on MyCujoo with the official link available on our social media closer to kickoff.

You can also follow along with our live tweeting on our Twitter


MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, May 15th | Schoolcraft College Turf Field | 6:30 PM EST

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Masks are required for entry and the capacity will be limited to 250 fans. Please remember to practice social distancing

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/3hom1ru

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MWPL Match Day 3 | LCFC Host LK St. Clair

Livonia (Friday, April 30th, 2021) – Our men’s team looks to fight its way back up the MWPL league table tonight as they play in the first home match at Schoolcraft College. Having drawn in their first match and lost in their second match, the boys will look to fight for all 3 points in order to stay alive in the East Division.


TEAM NEWS

  • Long time LCFC players, Pat Smith and Gavin Cameron could make their first starts of the season and in the league after coming off the bench in last weekend’s loss to West Michigan
  • The center back pairing of Matt VerSteeg and Vince Bruno are expected to start together for the 4th straight game
  • Kyle Johnson, Conor Reaume, and Jake Reitzloff could also make their 4th straight starts of the season and 3rd straight in the league

Here’s tonight’s 18:

Goalkeepers: Peter Arton, Zach Shuk

Defenders: Vince Bruno, Matt VerSteeg, Thomas Mackey, Conor Reaume, Andrew Burgeson, Mitchell Jones

Midfielders: Tim Breckwoldt, Kyle Bourlier, Kyle Johnson, Ivan Panergo, Jake Reitzloff, Zach Hill, Gavin Cameron, Pat Smith, Jacob Kunnath

Forwards: Mo Miri


HOW TO WATCH

Our live stream will be on MyCujoo with the official link available on our social media closer to kickoff.

You can also follow along with our live tweeting on our Twitter


MATCH INFORMATION

Friday, April 30th | Schoolcraft College Turf Field | 8 PM EST

Doors open at 730 PM. Masks are required for entry and the capacity will be limited to 250 fans. Please remember to practice social distancing

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/3nv2Jlg

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LCFC Partners With MercyElite Sports Performance

 


Livonia City FC is proud to announce a partnership with MercyElite Sports Performance as our Official Sports Medicine Provider. Part of the St. Joseph Mercy Health System, MercyElite will provide athletic trainers for all of our men’s and women’s home matches.

Based on the campus of Schoolcraft College and with other locations in Livonia, Wixom, and Saline, they will also support our club in injury prevention, recognition, immediate treatment, and rehabilitation.

Club President, Craig Beebe, said: “We’re really excited for this partnership and we know it will make a huge difference for all of our players and coaches. We think it’s great that they’re located in the city of Livonia and other convenient locations in the surrounding area.

It really fits our club philosophy to partner with a Livonia-based company and we’re looking forward to working with MercyElite for the 2021 season.”

For more information on MercyElite, check out their website here: mercyelite.org.

 


Our men’s team takes on LK St. Clair tomorrow at Schoolcraft College at 8 PM. Get your tickets by following this link: bit.ly/3nv2Jlg

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Double Matchday Weekend | MWPL & Amateur Cup Preview

 


LCFC heads into a packed weekend with two matches in both league play and the 2nd Round of the Amateur Cup. We look to get things back on track against LK St. Clair after the heavy 4-1 loss to West Michigan Bearings last weekend.

Based in Mount Clemens, Michigan, this will be LK St. Clair’s first league match of the season. A local foe and Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL) rival, both clubs are quite familiar with one another.

Due to the Amateur Cup match being rescheduled to this Sunday, LCFC and LSC will kick off Friday at 8 PM, one day earlier than originally scheduled. Friday’s game will also be the club’s first at our new home field, Schoolcraft College.

We’ll also have tickets available for the first time this season! With this being our first game at Schoolcraft College, we’d like to remind fans that masks will be required and we ask everyone to please practice safe social distancing. There will also be a limit of 250 fans in attendance at the remaining games this season. Tickets for Friday’s game are available at this link: bit.ly/3t3G3tH.

While all focus is on Friday’s match first, we’ll take on Ann Arbor FC, a club we’re undefeated against, this Sunday in Toledo, Ohio (seriously).


Match Information

Friday, April 30th | Schoolcraft College | 8 PM EST

Livestream: MyCujoo

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MWPL Match Preview | LCFC vs. West Michigan Bearings

 

Livonia (Sunday, April 25th, 2021) – Our men’s team looks to get its first three points of the season in our second MWPL match week as we host newly formed West Michigan Bearings (WMB).

Based out of Grand Rapids, WMB is led by Head Coach, Dave Hertel, a former Michigan State University standout that also played with Richmond Kickers out of the USL.


TEAM NEWS

  • Kyle Breitmeyer is officially back after being a late scratch last week.
  • Ivan Panergo is a newcomer to the roster and can make his first appearance with the club
  • Long timer and original club member, Pat Smith is back in the squad for the first time this year, along with Gavin Cameron, who’s in his 3rd season with the club.
  • Zach Shuk will make his season debut in net, while Jacob Silberg starts for the first time this season at right-back
  • Ivan Panergo will start on the bench but will make his debut with the club if he comes on
  • After coming on as a sub in last week’s game,

Coach Gaven King has selected the following 18 for tomorrow’s match:

Goalkeepers: Peter Arton, Zach Shuk

Defenders: Vince Bruno, Matt VerSteeg, Conor Reaume, Jacob Silberg, Thomas Mackey, Garet Hintzman

Midfielders: Pat Smith, Gavin Cameron, Jacob Kunnath, Kyle Johnson, Jake Reitzloff, Tim Breckwoldt, Andrew Burgeson, Ivan Panergo

Forwards:  Mo Miri, Kyle Breitmeyer


MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, April 25th | Total Sports Wixom | 630 PM EST

Livestream: MyCujoo

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Match Recap | Livonia City Battles to 1-1 Draw in MWPL Opener

 

Auburn Hills, MI (April 17th, 2021) – Livonia City FC (0-0-1, 1 point) battled Inter Detroit (0-0-1, 1 point) to a 1-1 draw in the first-ever Midwest Premier League match on Saturday night.

Inter’s Irvin Castro scored the first goal in league history in the 50th minute, after a breakdown by the LCFC backline led to a quick counter-attack that was slotted home at the back post.

LCFC tied things up in the 67th minute when Mohamed Miri leaped over the Inter defenders and headed in Conor Reaume’s cross for the club’s first MWPL league goal.

Head Coach, Gaven King: 

“First off, props to Jorge Medina, Inter Detroit, and the great referee crew on an exciting first game in the league. I’m proud of what our coaching staff has done with implementing and improving our player development.

However, there is still plenty to do and improve on. We did have the majority of the possession, but what we do with it is just as important as having it. I’m proud of the team for staying focused after the breakdown that led to the goal and proud they fought hard to equalize in the second half.”

Match Notes:

  • The match was the first-ever matchup against LCFC and Inter Detroit’s first teams
  • Goalkeeper Peter Arton performed well in net and finished the game with 7 saves
  • Tim Beckwoldt made his club debut and Mohamed Miri appeared in his first-ever league match

Next Matches: LCFC hits the road on Friday night (24th) against Ann Arbor FC in the 2nd round of the USASA Region II Amateur Cup, then makes its home league debut against West Michigan Bearings at Total Soccer Wixom on Sunday evening (26th).

Scoring Summary: 

Mohamed Miri – 76′

Misconduct Summary:

Yellow Cards – 3 ( Jake Reitzloff, Thomas Mackey, Tim Beckwoldt )

 

Lineups & Substitutes:

Livonia City:

GK: Peter Arton

D: Matt VerSteeg, Vince Bruno, Conor Reaume, Thomas Mackey

M: Andrew Burgeson, Kyle Johnson, Kyle Bourlier, Jake Reitzloff, Jacob Kunnath

F: Mohamed Miri

Subs: Moustafa Adam (GK), Jacob Silberg, Zach Hill, Mitchell Jones, Omar Lahbiki, Tim Beckwoldt

Inter Detroit:

GK: Jose Jimenez

D: Luis Borjas, Nate Szymkowicz, Joey Franchini, Rick Galvez

M: Eimil Hennes, Javier Lozano, Rene Marroquin, Marco Gomez, Jose Aguilar

F: Beni Galvez

Subs: Oscar Jimenez (GK), Andrew Smutek, Brooklyn Leeho, Irvin Castro, Edwin Rodriguez, Jack Welsh

Stats:

Shots: 10

Shots on target: 4

Saves: 7