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07 / 09

Lansing United Falls to Detroit City FC 1-2

WRITTEN BY: Tori Twining
PUBLISHED ON: July 09, 2017

Hoops officially eliminated from NPSL playoff picture.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – United was forced to win their next three games and get help in order to secure a playoff spot, but couldn’t finish on opportunities to secure a win Sunday afternoon, losing 2 – 1 to Detroit City FC.

Lansing pressured the Detroit defense from the start of the game with urgency.

Stevenson Storm had the first of many opportunities in the 10th minute, trying to take advantage of confusion on Detroit’s backline, but couldn’t get a great shot off.

Opportunities continued coming for United. Seventeen year old Farai Mutatu, a Michigan State commit and Haslett High School student, made his first start for United and did not back down from the challenge. Mutatu made several runs down the middle, creating scoring chances throughout the first half.

“We created chances,” coach Nate Miller said. “In soccer you always get chances.”

It was the captain, James DeCosemo, who finally broke through for United in the 43rd minute with his fourth career goal against DCFC. Tumi Moshobane found an open DeCosemo in front of the net and he was able to beat the keeper to the upper right corner.

Detroit quickly leveled the score during stoppage time with a Shawn Lawson goal sliding past a diving Jimmy Hague.

The second half opened with a possession game between the two teams. Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute. Cyrus Saydee ran past United defenders who were pushed up on the previous possession. After that, chances were harder to come by for the Hoops.

“We just didn’t keep possession enough in the second half. We didn’t open them up,” Miller said. “Most of it was just legs. We played a 90 minute crushing game less than 48 hours before.”

United had two opportunities to equalize near stoppage time. Jake Sterling’s corner cross barely missed a handful of United heads in the box. Michael Caccavo also had a bicycle try in the box off a rebound that was saved.

“It could have been a different game at the end of the day,” DeCosemo said. “We had chances at both ends.”

Miller talked about finishing strong to end the season. “The pillars of the club are pride, passion, unity. We are extremely disappointed we didn’t win the league or qualify for the playoffs, but we are going to finish strong.”

DeCosemo added: “It’s a privilege to play for the club at the end of the day…You have to come out and play with pride and passion…We don’t take it for granted.”

United takes on Detroit City FC Friday, June 14 in the rematch at Keyworth Stadium.

NOTES: Jimmy Hague had five saves, tied for most for a United player in a game…The attendance 1,388 is the most for a game at East Lansing Soccer Complex…Farai Mutatu became the youngest ever starter for United…Alec Greene has appeared in 24 consecutive league matches…This loss is the first ever at home to Detroit City (2-1-1) and snapped a three match unbeaten streak against DCFC…United raised over a thousand dollars for the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital in a silent jersey auction.