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Detroit City FC wins regular season finale, earns first-round playoff bye

The Detroit News
Detroit City FC's Abdoulaye Diop, seen here in May when the clubs met at Keyworth,  had the winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo FC Saturday.

Tommy Buono and Abdoulaye Diop scored second-half goals to lift Detroit City FC to a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo FC Saturday in its National Premier Soccer League regular season finale at Mayor's Riverfront Park.

With the victory, Le Rouge earns a first-round bye in the NPSL playoffs as one of the top two seeds in the Midwest Region. Minneapolis City FC, which finished first in the North Division, lost 1-0 to Med City Friday night, enabling DCFC to secure one of the top two seeds.

East Division champion Cleveland FC defeated FC Buffalo 5-1 at home Saturday to sew up the No. 1 seed.

AFC Ann Arbor, which clinched a playoff spot with Friday's 2-0 victory over Toledo Villa, will play Rochester in the first round on Tuesday at Concordia University. 

Diop's thunderbolt in the 72nd minute put DCFC (10-1-3) on top. LeRouge's Max Todd converted a penalty kick in the 9th minute gave the visitors a 1-0 lead after Bakie Goodman was tripped in the box before Kalamazoo's Isaiah Nieves leveled it in the 25th minute.

Buono, who came on as a sub for leading scorer Shawn Lawson moments earlier, added an insurance goal in stoppage time as DCFC pushed its unbeaten run in league play to 12 matches (9-0-3).

The Midwest Region semifinals will take place July 19 with the host yet to be determined.