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Motor City FC Picks Up 6 Points in Opening Weekend Play

The Motor City Women took to the road to open the 2016 campaign with their first test coming against FC Indiana.  With a short bench in the opening match, MCFC would have to work efficiently and effectively to earn their 3 points, in a 4-3 victory.

Head Coach Aaron Byrd was thrilled with the girls perseverance too get the result.

He added, “Being the teams first game, and being on the road with a short bench, it was great to get three points.  The girls showed a ton about their character and continually fought back after a good FC Indiana team continually took the energy away from us and forced us to continue to battle.”

Midfielder Marti Corby (Ada, MI) who plays for Grand Valley State University led the way with two goals, while Jenna Hellstrom (Sunbury, Ontario) and Alice Palmer (Poole, United Kingdom) each added a goal.

After traveling to FC Indiana, MCFC had a quick turn around for the opening home match of the season at the club's new facility, Hurley Field, in Berkely, MI. Motor City hosted Steel City FC Sunday, with another result earning them 3 points in a 1-0 victory. 

“The biggest adjustments had to be made at halftime of the game, other than that, the game plan remained the same.  We played a very good Pittsburgh team who is a talented team,” said Coach Byrd.

Coach Byrd described Sunday’s lone goal as the epitome of the #MotorCityTough mentality.

He added, “Ashley Henderson, Gabbi Mancini, Annika Johnson and Lulu Haidar came in and provided a huge spark, worked extremely hard and got us the 1-0 victory.” 

MCFC heads to Lansing to take on first-year club Michigan Chill at the Hope Soccer Complex in Lansing, MI on Wednesday June 1st. 

After another road contest on June 4th, the rematch against Pittsburgh Steel City FC, the Motor City Women return home on Saturday, June 11th to take on FC Indiana at Hurley Field at 3pm. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online and save $2 ($8 online/$10 at the gate).  

Conversations with Coach Byrd [Part 3]

How was the first few days of training? What were some positive things you saw and what are some areas you'll look to see improvement in?

The first few days have been fun.  A learning process for sure.  Learning different girls styles, personalities and mentalities has been interesting.  Well the positives are obvious, the amount of individual talent we have on the roster is incredible.  Watching some of the things these girls do with the ball is amazing.  The improvement will have to be in understanding the style of play we're looking for, understanding each others different styles, and figuring out which groups of girls play well together and styles fit.  We don't have a lot of time to make it work so we will do the best we can.

 

We know you don't like to put the spotlight on one player, but who are some players you expect to have key roles on the team?

There is way to much talent on this team to spotlight individuals but I can tell you, without a lie, I am beyond excited to work with this group.  They are all unique in their own way and there are a lot of kids I'm looking forward to working with based on some conversations.  These girls are motivated, hard working and flat out good kids.  It's what excites me most about doing this.

 

How do you prepare and make adjustments when playing back to back matches like you are this week? What other tactics do you use to manage your roster? 

Back to backs are always tough, because things can always unexpectedly change after that first game.  We want to come out strong, but also beginning the season want to be smart with the girls legs and not over do it on the first weekend.  We'll have to assess Saturday on the ride home and see where we played well and where we needed improvement and make roster adjustments based on that.  

 

With some of the best talent in the country on one-team, how do you build chemistry among the girls, especially when a lot of them have never played together before?

This is the tricky part.  The number one objective is to get them all on the same page.  Make sure we have a clear understanding of our team vision and then making sure everyone is bought into that.  We have to realize that we all need each other equally as much for us to succeed.  Sure, there are a lot of individual talented players on this roster but without the rest of the girls, that individual can't succeed.

 

Do you have a message or anything to say to supporters and the community about May 22nd's home opener? 

We are beyond excited to see all you guys out at the game.  These girls have been working hard and are prepared to put a great product out there for our young soccer stars to watch and be proud of.  All of these girls are good kids that enjoy the game of soccer and would love to spend some time after the game with our amazing fans that show up.  We really have a great womens soccer product, we hopefully can get some great support behind them.

Motor City FC Finds New Home for 2016

Motor City FC will have a new home for the 2016 season, playing all 5 home contests at Hurley Field stadium complex in Berkley, Michigan.

Berkley’s Hurley Field is known to be one of the premier high school sports complexes in the Detroit metropolitan area with over 50,000 annual visitors. The complex has undergone a number of recent renovations and upgrades, most notably, installing new field turf in 2012.   

A new home and new head coach has paved an exciting path for the club’s 2016 campaign.

At the helm for MCFC this year will be Aaron Byrd, who is thrilled about the move to Hurley Field. 

“I'm excited to play at Hurley because it's not only a great field but it's also in an awesome part of town that should be good for drawing fans to come out and watch this super talented group of players,” added Coach Byrd.

Hurley Field is located at 3205 Catalpa Dr. behind Anderson Middle School.

Motor City FC is an elite women’s football club founded in 2013. MCFC is one of six teams competing in the Great Lakes division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The WPSL is an independent highly competitive national league whose main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women's soccer teams with over 100 teams participating from all over the United States.