Detroit's Cass Technical High School just scored a breathtaking goal for local soccer fans. The Detroit City Football Club, the city's new minor soccer league team, announced Tuesday that its players will spend their inaugural 2012 season tracking their cleats back and forth across Cass Tech's field.
Founded in 1907, Cass Tech is a nationally recognized school with an impressive list of graduates, including U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, performers Diana Ross and Jack White and comedians comedians Lily Tomlin and David Allen Grier.
"It's an honor to be partnered with such a storied institution. We couldn't be prouder to call Cass Tech our home," said Ben Steffans, the team's president. "It is a venue that provides us with an intimate setting for fans, sweeping skyline views, and a location that everyone in Southeast Michigan knows something about."
The new soccer team, nicknamed "Le Rouge," will belong to the National Premier Soccer League's Midwest division and will play against teams in Cleveland and Buffalo. Organizers say home games will feature a variety of local entertainment, food and merchandise to help create a family-friendly environment that spotlights Detroit.
Matt Smythe, a Detroit resident, said he's excited about DCFC'S announcement and plans to drum up awareness about the team with his friend, Carlos Ruiz.
"We want to form a supporters club," he said. "We figure that if we can get a good turnout for semi-pro soccer, that would give Detroit much more consideration for a pro team."
For more information and a schedule of the team's season, see detcityfc.com.