By Ian Shalapata
(HAMTRAMCK, MI) – Windsor TFC took a break from League 1 Ontario play as they made their way to Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck for an international friendly with Detroit City FC. Despite some opening minutes jitters, WTFC settled down and played with the National Premier Soccer League, heading home with a 3-1 loss.
From the opening kick off, Detroit took the play to Windsor and forced some defensive errors. Poor clearing attempts by the visitors resulted in a Dave Edwardson goal 90 seconds into the match followed by an own goal by Jamar Kelly in the 36th minute.
Windsor went down 3-nil six minutes later when Tommy Catalano dribbled a shot through a crowd in front of starting keeper Kyle Vizirakis.
During the international friendly between Windsor TFC and Detroit City FC at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, MI, on 27 July 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata..
Despite the one-sided score and the unsportsmanlike tactics by Catalano and TJ Stephens, WTFC continued to press forward toward the City goal.
Mike Pio was rewarded for his efforts in the 50th minute as he was sent into the Detroit zone and beat keeper Josh Howell with a shot tot he far left corner. Windsor continued their attack of the City defense when Noah Pio struck the crossbar from 25 yards and Celso Carapau was unable to capitalize on the ricochet.
Over 6,000 supporters celebrated the victory.
Windsor returns to League 1 play when they host Vaughan Azzurri on August 5 at McHugh Soccer Complex with the kickoff at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the gate.
Windsor TFC is tied for the third rung on the West Division ladder with TFC Academy at 22 points. Vaughan brings a two-game winning streak to Windsor and is currently in 2nd place in the East with 30 points.
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