Detroit City FC will join USL Championship for the 2022 season, as the team moves up to the second-level circuit from the third-level National Independent Soccer Association.
Detroit City has a devoted fan base and a noteworthy game-day operation in Keyworth Stadium, inspiring a passion that’s manifested itself in direct support like a crowdsourced funding campaign allowing debt for a 2016 stadium facility to be paid off early. So it’s a logical next step in the evolution of the team also known for winning and championships
“It’s clear that the time is right for Detroit City FC to move forward by joining the USL Championship,” said Detroit City FC Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer Sean Mann vis press statement. “This puts us on track to accomplish many of our shared objectives such as fielding a professional women’s side, enhancing our academy program, upgrading our facilities, and expanding our reach. Since 2012, our vision for Detroit City has been to become Detroit’s soccer club for all time.”
Founded by members of a local co-ed rec league, Detroit City joined the National Premier Soccer League in 2012 and seven years later moved to the National Independent Soccer Association. During its time in the NPSL, Detroit City qualified for the U.S. Open Cup four times, reaching the second round twice. Since joining NISA, DCFC has been a dominant force, winning each of the past three regular season titles, the Legends Cup and the NISA Championship, among other honors.
The club’s ownership structure includes approximately 2,700 fans who share a 10 percent stake.
“Last year, when we needed our supporters most, they were there for us,” said DCFC co-owner and COO Todd Kropp via press release. “Moving to the USL Championship honors that commitment and makes us more accessible and impactful. Most importantly, it strengthens our ability to deliver on our conviction that everyone deserves a soccer club that they will never grow out of.”
It does mean some changes for the team that may be beyond the ability of supporters to address. The Detroit News is reporting a new major investor is joining the ownership group, and upgrades to Keyworth Stadium, which originally opened in 1936, are in order.
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