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Women’s Tryout Set for January 8th

 

Livonia City FC will host its Women’s Open tryout on January 8th at High Velocity Sports in Canton, MI. The tryout will begin at 8 PM, but those attending are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to check in and warm up.

This year our Women’s team will be led by a new GM/Head Coach, George Easter. George will lead our first team in its second season in UWS2 where the confirmed opponents will include Corktown Hawks 2, Legends FC, Grand Haven Admirals, Michigan Jaguars, and the Michigan Stars. The final conference alignment will be announced soon.

To register, please click here.

Once registered, we also ask that participants fill out our player form here.

 

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George Easter Returns to LCFC as Women’s GM & First Team Head Coach

We are excited to welcome back George Easter as the new Women’s General Manager, and First Team Head Coach for the 2022 Season!

George has over 12 years of coaching experience and has been coaching in the Women’s game for the last 3 years. Last season, he served as the Head Coach for the Detroit City FC Women’s Reserve team and was named the Great Lakes Conference 2021 Coach of the Year, after leading the DCFC Reserves to a UWS League 2 Conference Title. Before leaving for DCFC, George served as Reserve Team Head Coach of our Women’s side that competed in the Michigan Premier Soccer League in 2019 and Head Coach in the shortened 2020 season.

George also served as Associate Head Coach for the University of Michigan – Dearborn Women’s Soccer Program in 2021 and has been coaching Youth Club and Girls High School Varsity Soccer for the past decade. He also holds various coaching licenses, including his USSF National C License.

“I’ve always thought Livonia City FC has so much potential. The talent in the area is some of the best in the state, so leaving the club back in 2020 was a tough decision to make. That being said, God always has a plan for us, and his plan for me was to come back to LCFC and help the Women’s Program reach the next level. So I’m looking forward to building upon the history this club has already made in this large, yet small, Michigan Soccer community. We are looking at 2022 as the year that will hopefully be a strong rebuild year for both our Men’s and Women’s sides.” – Coach George

Club President, Ben Lightner added: “We’re very happy to bring George back to the club and are looking forward to working with him again, knowing he’ll be a great addition to our already awesome coaching staff.”

George will lead the Women’s side as they return for their second season in UWS League Two. So far, Corktown Hawks, Legends FC, Grand Haven Admirals, Michigan Jaguars, and the Michigan Stars are confirmed as our conference opponents. More information on final conference alignment and tryouts will be available soon.

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Matthew Brown Appointed MWPL Head Coach

 

 

November 3rd, 2021 – Livonia City FC is delighted to announce that Matthew Brown has been appointed as our Men’s First Team Head Coach. He will lead the team for the Midwest Premier League season as they look to improve on a rough 2021.

Matt spent last season as our U23 Men’s Head Coach where he developed our U23 players in the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL) Premier Division, and the MPSL League Cup.

A former player with Spring Arbor University, Brown currently serves as Assistant Coach for SAU under Head Coach, Marco Bernardini. He also has previous coaching experience with the University of Saint Francis (IN) and Fort Wayne Sport Club. Brown currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) F Coaching License and is working towards his D License.

Club President, Ben Lightner, said: “We’re very excited to have Matt leading our men’s side as he was our top choice and came highly recommended by multiple players. We believe he’s a great fit and will help us with improving on our results in the MWPL from this past season.”

Matthew Brown had this to say: “First, I want to thank God for everything he’s done for me to get to this point and for all that He will continue to do along this journey. I also want to thank my wife, Faith, and my daughter, Myla. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them in my corner and cheering for me along the way.

Lastly, I want to thank Ben Lightner and Ben Rode for giving me this opportunity. I’m beyond excited to take over as the Head Coach for LCFC. This club is special and it has continued to show excellence through adversity. I know there’s work still to be done to get the club back to where it can be, but I am confident that the team, the rest of the coaching staff, and myself can get the club back to its winning ways.”

Brown is a Toronto, Canada native and currently resides in Spring Arbor with his wife and daughter.

More news on the rest of our coaching staff for 2022 will be announced shortly and keep an eye out on our social media for our men’s tryout announcement later this week!

 

 

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LCFC Teams Up With Supernatural Brewing & Spirits

 

 

September 10th, 2021 – Livonia City FC is proud to announce a new partnership with Livonia-based Supernatural Brewing & Spirits. Supernatural will serve as the Official Pre-Game location for fans before all our Men’s and Women’s home matches and will also be the Post-Game spot for our staff, players, and fans to enjoy food and drinks after each game.

Additionally, Supernatural is also creating the Livonia City FC Golden Ale, which will be available at the brewpub on tap and in 16oz cans. The beer will include Lemon zest for an easy-drinking and refreshing taste.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Supernatural, our first partner for the 2022 season. We’re looking forward to working with them next season and beyond. It’s certainly a unique collaboration that not many clubs across the country are doing at our level and we’re glad to be doing it with a Livonia-based business.” Shared Ben Lightner, the LCFC President.

“Supernatural is proud to partner with LCFC and we can’t wait to share the new Golden Ale with the community.” Said Supernatural General Manager and Head Brewer, Nick Cornell.

To kick off the partnership, LCFC will be having a tasting party this Sunday, September 12th at Supernatural. Join us starting at 3 PM at 36685 Plymouth Road, Livonia MI 48150.

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Club Statement: New Club President

 

 

August 6th, 2021 –  Livonia City Football Club would like to announce that club founder and President, Craig Beebe will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities outside of soccer. Craig began this Club in 2015, and has been a vital part of our growth every step of the way since.

Current Club Director, Ben Lightner will be taking over the role of President. Ben has been with the Club for 6 years, both as a player and as a Board member. In addition to this change, fellow Club Director, Ben Rode will move into the Managing Director role, where he’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of the Club.

Lightner had this to say about Beebe’s time with the club: “Craig’s commitment and dedication to soccer in Livonia is second to none. His vision and drive have helped guide Michigan amateur soccer forward in just a few short years and would not have been possible without his passion. It is a privilege to take over for him as President. I am honored at the opportunity to build on the LCFC footprint, both locally and nationally. Bigger things are still to come for Livonia soccer.”

Rode added: “I want to thank Craig for inviting me to the board last year and I appreciate the time we’ve had working together. I look forward to working with Ben and the rest of the LCFC staff to continue building the club”.

Beebe will assist with the transition process before fully stepping down this Fall.

Stay up to date with all LCFC news here: linktr.ee/livoniacityfc 

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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