Tulip City United defeat Detroit FC in their first-ever league game
The Netherlands’ Tulip City United Soccer Club played their first league game and came away with a 5-0 win over Detroit FC on Saturday night.
For the second time in two weekends, there were large crowds at the Holland High School soccer field to see the Dutch team take to the field.
Saturday’s game started with a bang when a Detroit FC defender beat Isaiah Arredondo in the first 13 minutes, and as he was the last defender, he was shown a red card. On the direct kick that followed, a Tulip City shot was deflected towards Ethan Jansen who converted the goal.
Five minutes later, Levi Crooks fed the ball to Jordan Walker to give TCU a 2-0 halftime lead. In the second half, playing a down player began to wear down the Detroit side and Tulip City United began to have better scoring opportunities.
Christian Mendoza-Huynh got a pass from Jordan Walker for an easy conversion. Then Paulo Alcala fed Mendoza-Huynh for his second goal of the game.
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Jordan Walker capped the scoring with a fine finish off a Charlie Wick pass. Goalkeepers Andrew Marsh and Saul Gomez got the clean sheet behind centre-backs Connor Fowler and Brett Timmer.
“I was happy with the first league game,” Tulip City United manager Greg Ceithaml said. I liked the way we moved the ball. I was also happy to see the selfless play, exemplified by Levi Crooks’ pass to Jordan Walker for our second goal. If we play like that regularly, we should do well this summer.
Tulip City United are 1-0 and travel to Lansing Commons on Saturday.