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Detroit City FC Defeats Defending US Open Cup Champions Houston Dynamo FC, Advances to Round of 16

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May 8, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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Detroit City FC celebrates their win over Houston Dynamo FC in the US Open Cup
Detroit City FC celebrates their win over Houston Dynamo FC in the US Open Cup
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Houston, Texas – Detroit City FC overcomes an early deficit and pushes their Round of 32 matchup against Houston Dynamo FC to penalties, where Detroit comes out on top after an 11-round thriller. After coming back from 2-0 down within the first 35 minutes, Detroit City’s two goals leveled the game in the 75th minute. After trading goals in the last 15 minutes, this game went into extra time tied 3-3. After 30 additional minutes of play, Detroit City couldn’t separate these sides. Le Rouge comes out on top 10-9 to advance to its first Open Cup Round of 16 appearance in club history.

Head Coach Danny Dichio made five changes to his starting XI from Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Loudoun United. Carlos Saldaña started in net for the second time in the Open Cup. Captain Stephen Carroll returns to the lineup after suspension. Ryan Williams, Matt Sheldon, and Victor Bezerra round out the new faces in the starting XI.

Houston controlled possession throughout the first five minutes. Off of a corner in the 6th minute, Griffin Dorsey was left unmarked and slotted the ball into the bottom of the front post, giving Dynamo a 1-0 lead early.

A Detroit turnover in the 31st minute led to a Dynamo counterattack. Latif Blessing broke through a few defenders and put the ball in the back of the net to give Houston a 2-0 lead.

Detroit continued to push for their first goal in the late stages of the first half. In the 37th minute, Abdoulaye Diop took a rocket of a shot from outside the box that curled just wide of the post.

Le Rouge’s continued pressure led to a counterattack opportunity in the 42nd minute. Alex Villanueva came into the box, took the ball out, and had the ball deflected by a Houston defender to Ryan Williams. Williams winds up and launches a shot from 25 yards out that goes straight into the top corner, giving Detroit their first goal of the game and cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The goal would be Williams first for Le Rouge.

Detroit went into the halftime break with a second wind. In the dying minutes of the half, Detroit was making Houston uncomfortable on the counterattack.

DCFC maintained the attacking pressure at the start of the second half. Ali Coite had a great opportunity in the 57th minute with a shot on the edge of the box, but it went straight to the keeper’s hands.

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