Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 – Detroit City FC 0, Michigan Bucks 3
In medieval England it was quite a serious crime to hunt large game on the king’s land, which was virtually everywhere. Depending on the severity of whoever the monarch was at the time, punishment for such an offense could range anywhere from a fine and imprisonment to the removal of certain body parts or even death.
There was supposed to be good hunting in Pontiac on Wednesday – a wounded deer at half its strength would’ve made easy prey. Not only was this deer not wounded, however, it had antlers made of titanium and shot laser beams from its eyes.
Detroit City went into the match hopeful underdogs, with many (myself included) picking them to win outright. Their punishment for hunting the king’s venison wasn’t so severe as having an eye poked out or a hand cut off; it was merely suffering the most comprehensive and one-sided defeat in club history.
The Bucks controlled possession, executed quick-passing based attacks from the top of the 18 time and again, suffocated City’s midfielders, and only allowed one or two decent chances all night. It was a wake-up call for a club with big aspirations, both short-term and long-term.
This was Dan Duggan’s big day. He poured everything into it, from keeping the cameras off of the Northern Guard, to making sure the mics didn’t pick up too much of their noise (which was the loudest I’ve ever heard), to possibly even employing a ringer or too. He got his win, and in so doing certainly made an impression on the investors who were allegedly in attendance.
There are those who poke fun at Duggan for promising a pro team year after year and failing to deliver, and justifiably so. But you get the feeling that he recognizes this may be his last real chance so he’s going all in before City leapfrogs him in the pecking order (if they haven’t already).
The on-field battle was a rout, but the off-the-field debate will rage on into the summer and fall. In the meantime, City will be hunting a different type of game. Hopefully their arrows will fly straighter than they did this night.