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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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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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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

 

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MWPL Match Preview | Livonia City FC vs. Inter Detroit

 

Livonia (Friday, April 16th, 2021) – Our men’s team will travel to Pontiac tonight to face off against Inter Detroit with hopes of kick-starting a successful Midwest Premier League (MWPL) campaign. Today’s match is not only our first league match of the season but also the first league match in MWPL history.

Inter Detroit is also a founding member of the MWPL after spending the 2020 season in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) and like LCFC, Inter also started in the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL). They will also have their reserve team in the MPSL this season along with LCFC. While both clubs have already spent time in the same league together, this will be the first-ever match between the first teams.

LCFC will look to build off the momentum from the 3 to 2 victory over Teranga Lions in the USASA Region 2 Amateur Cup this past Saturday, against what is expected to be a competitive Inter roster led by newly appointed Head Coach, Jorge Medina.


TEAM NEWS

  • Kyle Breitmeyer is back in the squad after recovering from a preseason injury and is listed as probable. Mo Miri and Tim Breckwoldt are both making their debuts with the club.
  • Mac Bechard is unavailable after being injured in our Amateur Cup First Round match this past Saturday

Here’s the full list of players selected as the first 18 of the season by Coach Gaven King:

Goalkeepers: Peter Arton, Moustafa Adam

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

Midfielders: Omar Lahbiki, Kyle Johnson, Kyle Bourlier, Jacob Kunnath, Jake Reitzloff, Zach Hill, Tim Breckwoldt

Forwards:  Mo Miri, Kyle Breitmeyer


MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, April 17th | Evolution Sportsplex | 9PM EST

Tickets are available here. Please note that limited sideline seating is available in addition to bleachers and masks are required for entry

 

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LCFC Announce MWPL Schedule and Home Field

 

 


The 2021 Midwest Premier League (MWPL) season schedule has arrived! This will be the inaugural season for the league after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will kick things off with an away match against Inter Detroit on April 17th, followed by our home opener the following weekend, April 25th, against the newly formed West Michigan Bearings out of Grand Rapids

Some key matchups include our games against Detroit City FC U23 and Lansing Common FC, both could have an impact on the race for the MWPL East Division.

Our East Divison opponents include BIH Grand Rapids, LK St. Clair (Mt. Clemens, MI), Lansing Common FC, Inter Detroit, Detroit City FC U23, Michigan Stars FC U23, and West Michigan Bearings (Grand Rapids, MI).

In total, we’ll have 14 league games with the final game of the season being on the road against Lansing Common FC on July 31st.

We’re also happy to announce that our home games will be played at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, with more details on fan attendance and ticket sales to be announced soon.