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Match Preview: Rhode Island FC vs. Detroit City FC: June 8, 2024

Rhode Island FC unveils club identity, colors, crest

June 5, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Rhode Island FC News Release

Following the club’s 1-1 draw against rival Hartford Athletic, Rhode Island FC will resume its quest for its first-ever win at home when it returns to Beirne Stadium on Saturday, June 8 to take on Eastern Conference foe Detroit City FC. As RIFC welcomes Le Rouge to the Ocean State, here is everything you need to know about the match.


Date | Saturday, June 8

Kickoff | 7:30 PM ET

Location | Beirne Stadium, Smithfield, RI

Broadcast | NESN+, ESPN+

Social | @rhodeislandfc (X, Instagram, Facebook)

Match Hashtag | #RIvDET

Detroit City FC


GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Nathan Steinwascher, 91-Carlos Saldaña

DEFENDERS (7): 2-Rhys Williams, 3-Alex Villanueva, 5-Stephen Carroll, 13-Matthew Sheldon, 15-Matthew Lewis, 17-Brett Levis, 30-Devon Amoo-Mensah

MIDFIELDERS (8): 4-Ryan Williams, 6-James Murphy, 8-Abdoulaye Diop, 10-Alistair Coote, 12-Michael Bryant, 14-Daniel Espeleta, 21-Maximiliano Rodríguez, 24-Dominic Gasso

FORWARDS (5): 7-Victor Bezerra, 9-Ben Morris, 11-Connor Rutz, 19-Elvis Amoh, 27-Yazeed Matthews

A Cold Engine

Going into Saturday’s match, Detroit City FC is on a cold streak in USL Championship play. The Motor City squad began the season with five straight wins, but have since gone 0W-3L-2D, with their last win coming on April 20. Including the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Detroit has now lost three straight. In USL Championship action, the club recently suffered a 3-2 defeat to Orange County SC. The match went back-and-forth as Detroit netted the opening goal but let their lead slip in the second half. Orange County forward Bryce Jamison sealed the victory for the hosts in the 78th minute after finding his way through the Detroit backline for the go-ahead score.

Dethroning the Champion

Detroit’s most impressive result of the season came on May 7 in the U.S. Open Cup against reigning tournament champions Houston Dynamo. Le Rouge trailed Houston twice in regulation and overcame both deficits to force extra time. After a 30-minute stalemate, the Round of 32 matchup was decided by a penalty shootout. In the 11th round of penalty kicks, Detroit goalkeeper Carlos Saldaña slotted his attempt into the back of the net to secure the club’s second-ever victory over an MLS club.

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