MCFC Bank Another Winning Weekend

Mariana Speckmaier added a trio of goals over the wekend to lead the team with five on the season.

Mariana Speckmaier added a trio of goals over the wekend to lead the team with five on the season.

Motor City FC (MCFC) continued its winning streak with a pair of 6-0 wins over the Dayton Dutch Lions and Cincinnati Sirens respectively in a weekend double header at Hurley Field in Berkley, Michigan.

MCFC took to the pitch on Saturday, June 8 to face the visiting Dayton Dutch Lions.

The home team was on the board 18 seconds into the game as Mariana Speckmaier took the ball away from the Dayton keeper on a mishandled pass from a Dayton defender, passing the ball to Courtney Jones whose shot ricocheted off the crossbar into the net.

Jones netted her second in the 8’ with an assist from Sarah Clark who fed the ball to Jones in the corner. Jones’ shot, from a very tough angle, arced into the upper corner of the net.

Michaela (Mouse) Kovacs gave the home team a 3-0 advantage in the 19t’ heading a Yujie Zhao corner kick past the Dayton keeper.

The teams headed into the locker room at half time with Motor City up 3-0.

MCFC kept the pressure on in the second half, testing the Dayton keeper on several occasions, before adding their fourth goal of the match in the 61’ on a penalty kick from Mariana Speckmaier who was fouled in the box as she fought for the ball in front of the goal.

Speckmaier added her second goal of the match in the 74’ on a shot from 30 yards out that sailed just over the reach of the Dayton keeper and into the top of the net. Tamae Douglas was credited with the assist..

Yujie Zhao finished the scoring with a perfectly placed free kick from 20 yards out in the 74’ giving the home team a 6-0 decision at the final whistle.

The Motor City squad took on the Cincinnati Sirens on Sunday afternoon delivering another 6-0 performance.

Tamea Douglas scored both opening-half goals for Motor City, the first, coming in the 4’ on a redirection of a Yujie Zhao corner kick that got past the Dayton keeper.

Douglas’s second goal came four minutes later on a cross from Jaelin Howell that was headed past the keeper.

MCFC kept the pressure on in the second half with the Cincy keeper making saves on shots from Sarah Clark (50’), Zhao (60’), Michelle Cooper (61’) and a rocket from Mariana Speckmaier that ricocheted off the crossbar.

Cooper found the back of the net in the 67’ with an assist from Courtney Jones to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.

The home team kept up the assault with Courtney Peterson’s 25-yard blast careening off the crossbar and a point-blank rocket off the foot of Cooper that was rejected by the Cincy keeper.

Malia Berkely added a pair of goals, the first, in the 74’’ on a 30-yard shot that found the corner of the net with an assist from Megan Buckingham.

Her second of the match came four minutes later on a left foot shot that sailed past the keeper into the upper corner. Yujie Zhao earned the assist.

Mariana Speckmaier finished the scoring with the sixth, and final, goal of the match, as her shot scooted under the Cincy keeper into the net.

Motor City FC heads out on the road next weekend to face the Cleveland Ambassadors on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 PM at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, OH and the Columbus Eagles on Sunday, June 16 at 5:00 PM at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH.

Motor City Victorious in Weekend Double Header

Courtney Jones (left), Mariana Speckmaier (17) and Taylor Timko (22) celebrate MCFC’s second goal in their 3-1 decision over the Columbus Eagles. (JDN2 Photography)

Courtney Jones (left), Mariana Speckmaier (17) and Taylor Timko (22) celebrate MCFC’s second goal in their 3-1 decision over the Columbus Eagles. (JDN2 Photography)

Motor City FC got off to a great start in the 2019 WPSL season with a pair of wins on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

The MCFC side took to the pitch to face the Columbus Eagles in Saturday’s matchup, scoring twice before an hour-long severe weather delay was called in the 17th minute.

MCFC got on the scoreboard in the 5th minute on a goal by Mariana Speckmaier assisted by Yujie Zhao. In the 11th minute Taylor Timko added the team’s second goal assisted by Speckmaier.

The teams took the pitch after the rain delay to finish out the first half with MCFC leading 2-0.

The visiting team got on the scoreboard in the second half on a penalty shot pulling them within one goal but the home  team poured on the pressure adding a third goal from Tamae Douglas assisted by Courtney Jones.

Speckmaier finished the scoring with her second of the afternoon in the 88th minute after a hard foul in the box led to a PK giving the home team a 4-1 advantage that would last until the final whistle.

On the second day of the weekend double header MCFC took to the field on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon to face the 2018 Great Lakes Region Champion Cleveland Ambassadors.

Cleveland got on the board first with a goal in the 12th minute giving them a 1-0 lead. MCFC got the equalizer four minutes later on a goal by Alexa Spaanstra assisted by Marianna Speckmaier.  MCFC then  took the lead in the 42nd minute on an unassisted goal by Tamae Douglas..

MCFC came out strong in the second half with Michelle Cooper scoring on an assist from Sarah Clark to push the lead to 3-1.

Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel was solid in goal preserving the two-goal lead until the final whistle.

Motor City FC will host another weekend double header at Hurley Field in Berkley, MI as they take on the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday, June 8, and the Cincinnati Sirens on Sunday. June, 9. Both games start at 2:00 PM. Advanced tickets on sale at motorcityfootball.club.

Motor City FC Tops Grand Rapids FC 3 -1 in Milk Cup Quarterfinal

After a hard-fought 90 minutes, Motor City FC enjoys a 3-1 victory over Grand Rapids FC.

After a hard-fought 90 minutes, Motor City FC enjoys a 3-1 victory over Grand Rapids FC.

Motor City FC advanced to the semi-finals of the Michigan Women’s Milk Cup with a 3 – 1 quarter-final win over Grand Rapids FC at Hurley Field on Sunday, May 19.

Mariana Speckmaier scored first, netting a goal for MCFC at the 18th minute. Alexa Spaanstra (60’) and Sarah Stratigakis (88’) added a goal each in the second half.

Motor City’s next opponent will be determined by a blind draw once the quarter-final games have been completed.

Twelve Former WPSL Players Named to U.S. 2019 World Cup Team

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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 7, 2019) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League, the largest women’s soccer league in the world, had 12 former players named to the United States Women’s National Team roster for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

Eleven WPSL clubs are represented with Florida Sol FC (Jacksonville) having two alumnae, Morgan Brian and Emily Sonnett.

“It is every young soccer players dream to represent their country in the World Cup,” WPSL President Sean Jones said. “We are honored to have been a part of the development process for these young women who now get to live that young girl’s dream.”

Alex Morgan (California Storm), Megan Rapinoe (Elk Grove Pride) and Tobin Heath (New York Fury) are making their third World Cup appearance and have a combined 457 national team caps among the three.

Seven WPSL alumnae are making their first World Cup appearance – Adrianna Franch (SoccerPlus CT), Rose Lavelle (Dayton Dutch Lions FC), Allie Long (New York Fury), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix Del Sol), Samantha Mewis (Boston Breakers Academy), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit Reserves) and Sonnett (Florida Sol FC, Chicago Red Stars Reserves).

Alyssa Naeher (Boston Aztec) and Brian (Florida Sol FC) are returning to the squad for a second World Cup after winning the 2015 title in their first appearances.

“The fact that over half of the players selected to represent the United States have played in the WPSL is a testament to the vision of the league’s founder Jerry Zanelli and the countless people who have been instrumental in the growth of this league,” Jones said.

“In addition, this is another piece of evidence as to the quality of players and clubs that make up the WPSL. We look forward to continuing to make the WPSL a proving ground for young women who dream to play at the highest level and someday have the opportunity to follow these players’ footsteps” 

The United States is in Group F and will open tournament play against Thailand on June 11 in Reims, France.

Additional World Cup rosters will be announced in the next two weeks. The WPSL is expecting more alumnae to be named to World Cup squads, including Nigeria, Italy and Thailand.

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About the WPSL: 

The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women's soccer league in the world with 119 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States' most accomplished women's players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

Motor City FC Releases 2019 Schedule

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Motor City FC (MCFC) will launch their 2019 season with a home match on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM versus the Columbus Eagles.

The team returns to Hurley Field 2400 Rubina Ave, Berkley MI 48027 where they played all home games during the 2017 Season.

MCFC will compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Ohio Valley Conference. against the AAFC The Ohio Valley Conference includes Motor City FC, AAFC Lumberjills from Ann Arbor, MI, The Cincinnati Sirens, Cleveland Ambassadors, Columbus Eagles and the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions FC.

The season will consist of 10 games from June 1 through July 7 with Motor City playing each team twice – one game at home and one away.

2019 WPSL Region and Conference Alignment Revealed

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All-time High 119 Teams to Compete in League's 22nd Season

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 28, 2019) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League has revealed the 2019 conference alignment, consisting of an all-time high 119 clubs competing in the league’s 22nd season to become the champion of the world’s largest women’s soccer league.

The regular season begins in early May with individual club schedules to be released within the coming weeks.

The four region names remain the same – West, Central, South and East. However, the composition of each varies significantly from the 2018 season with the Central and East Regions seeing the biggest changes.

The WPSL, through expansion and realignment, continues to focus upon significantly reducing travel during the regular season to allow clubs to control its expenses and reinvest in their organizations. In 2019, clubs in 16 of the 20 conferences/divisions will travel no further than six hours for their longest road trip during the regular season. 

The Central Region features a newly created Mountain Conference, consisting of six clubs (four expansion) from Colorado and Utah. The 11 clubs from Texas and Oklahoma are now two divisions within a conference instead of separate conferences.

There will also be a new Central Region Champion in 2019, for Chicago Red Stars Reserves is part of three former Central clubs that have moved to the East Region. Also, the Mid-Atlantic Division now has two divisions, consisting of clubs from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The West Region sees the addition of the San Diego and Desert Divisions in the Pac South Conference. The San Diego division consists solely of San Diego-based clubs, reducing road match one-way travel times by more than five hours.

The South Region has the most similarity from 2018 within its alignment. The Carolinas Conference, with two additional expansion clubs, now has two divisions, and Alabama FC has moved from the Gulf Conference to the Southeast Conference.

For a full breakdown of the region and conference alignments, visit wpslsoccer.com. 

The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with 119 clubs from coast-to-coast.  WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

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CONTACT:

James Poling

WPSL Communications Director

JPoling@WPSLsoccer.com

Motor City FC draws Grand Rapids FC in the first round of the 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup

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The random draw has been completed and Motor City FC will face of against Grand Rapids FC in the first round of the 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

Eight semi-pro and amateur women’s teams from Michigan will compete in a single elimination bracket for a $5,000 grand prize.

The opening games will be played in May 2019. Dates, times and locations to be released soon.

Motor City FC to Compete in 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup

The Motor City FC (MCFC) has been chosen to compete in the 2019 Women’s Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

MCFC will join 8 other semi-pro and amateur women’s teams from Michigan who will compete in a single elimination bracket for a $5,000 grand prize.

The competing teams include MCFC, Ann Arbor Lumberjills, AFC Ann Arbor, Lansing United, Grand Rapids FC, Michigan Legends FC and the Detroit Sun representing the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) United Women’s Soccer and the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL).

Seven teams will be put into a random draw to determine matchups and hosts with one play-in game scheduled between the Livonia City FC and North Oakland to determine the eight spot in the quarter finals beginning in May 2019

The same random draw process will be followed for the semifinals and finals (all random drawings to be executed by United Dairy Industry of Michigan).

The full release can be found at the link below.

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WPSL Announces 2019 Division Lineups

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The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Announced the Division Line-ups for the 2019 Season at the WPSL AGM Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on the weekend of January 26 – 27, 2019.

Motor City FC will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Ohio Valley Conference for the 2019 Season.

The Conference lineups were announced at the WPSL AGM Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on the weekend of January 26 – 27.

The Ohio Valley Conference includes Motor City FC, AAFC Lumberjills from Ann Arbor, MI, The Cincinnati Sirens, Cleveland Ambassadors, Columbus Eagles and the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions FC.

The season will consist of 10 games with Motor City playing each team twice – one game at home and one away.

The 2019 schedule will be released soon.

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The Florida State Seminole’s advanced to the 2018 NCAA Women’s Cup National Semifinals with a 1-0 shutout of Penn State. This is the 10th time in school history and first time since 2015 that the Seminole’s will be vying for the Champion’s trophy.

Malia Berkley played the full 90 minutes for Florida State and gave the Seminole’s a chance to score in the 14th minute on a pass into the box that was grabbed by the Penn State goal keeper just before teammate Yujie Zhao could get a foot on the ball. Megan Connolly played the final 8 minutes of the game.

The Seminoles face Stanford on Friday, November 30 at WakeMead Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Seven Motor City FC Alumnae were named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Region Teams.

Alexa Spaanstra of Virginia was named to the Atlantic Region First Team while teammate Courtney Petersen made the Second Team.

University of Michigan’s Sara Stratigakis and Reilly Martin along with Northwestern’s Marisa Viggiano were named to the North Region Second Team.

Taylor Kornieck of Colorado was named to the Pacific Region First Team and Mississippi State’s Carly Mauldin was named to the Southeast Region Third Team.

Congratulations to our Motor City FC standouts.