A new standard? Detroit City FC impress in their USL expansion season
Continuity is key
“Trevor James is a special manager. We have some special players. Sometimes it just comes together perfectly.”— Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) April 20, 2022
— The man of the hour, Maxi Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/VTL202GViI
Even more importantly, those players allowed Le Rouge to retain their 3-5-2 tactical system as they changed leagues. Two of the three starting central defenders from 2021 returned to the team, along with Rodriguez in ahead of them and Steinwascher in net behind them. That’s a strong core.
On the NISA side, Devon Amoo-Mensah really stands out. He was signed from the Michigan Stars and earned all-league plaudits before a midseason injury. Still, Amoo-Mensah’s technique as a passer and ball carrier were vital for Detroit. Elsewhere, players like Rhys Williams and Michael Bryant are key figures poached from the club’s former league rivals. You can criticize Detroit for a lack of depth, and their recent run of form – just one win since late May – is indicative of that issue, but this roster is playoff-quality.