How to Fake It: Your Guide to Detroit City FC’s Open Cup Run

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Detroit City FC’s historic run to the US National Soccer Championship continues on May 10 with a home game against rival Louisville City FC.

Why it matters: DCFC has never advanced so far in the championship tournament, which further legitimizes it as a professional football club and adds more team buzz.

  • Professional football can be hard to follow as there are different divisions, leagues and cups – so here is a quick guide to know what’s going on with DCFC:

The big picture: The championship tournament is called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. It features teams from all levels of US soccer – from amateur teams to Major League Soccer teams – who compete each year in a single-elimination tournament to crown a national champion.

  • DCFC shook the football world on April 19 with a 2-1 cup set against Columbus Crew to advance to the next round of the Open Cup. It was DCFC’s first win against an MLS team.
  • “It’s probably the biggest win in terms of clout and stature the club has ever had,” die-hard DCFC fan Dean Simmer tells Axios.

Sounds smart: Le Rouge is the team’s nickname, a nod to the city’s French roots and the team’s colors of red and gold.

When you go: Get ready for smoke bombs as DCFC scores and lots of singing. The club’s die-hard fans – part of a group called the Northern Guard supporters – occupying the east end of Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck and standing, singing and shouting during games. The west side of the stadium is more reserved, Simmer said.

  • Bars and restaurants near the stadium include Bumbo’s, Motor City Sports Bar, The Painted Lady and Fowling Warehouse.
  • Download the Guardian Book App to learn the team chants. Printed versions of the songbook – Hell’s Hymnal – are also usually distributed with the game.

Local stars to watch:

  • Goaltender Nate SteinWasher played college football for the University of Detroit Mercy.
  • Forward Connor Rutz attended Walled Lake Northern High School and played at Saginaw Valley State University.

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