Grapes of wrath: Detroit City FC blitzes Napa Valley 4-0 in Members Cup play
Yazeed Matthews fired in two goals during a first-half onslaught as Detroit City FC defeated Napa Valley 1839 FC, 4-0, Saturday in NPSL Members Cup play at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California.
The victory moves DCFC to 2-0 in the six-team cup competition.
Matthews, who joined DCFC from AFC Ann Arbor at the conclusion of the NPSL regular season, scored in the 10th and 17th minutes as Le Rouge struck for three within a seven-minute span with Danny Deakin providing the other goal in the 15th minute.
Cyrus Saydee capped off the flurry by converting a penalty in the 21st minute. DCFC was awarded the spot kick after Bakie Goodman was brought down inside the box.
Le Rouge had chances to pad their lead in opening 45 minutes with forward Ryan Peterson hitting the crossbar. Matthews also missed a couple chances for the hat trick.
Matthews, who played collegiately at Coastal Carolina, started up front with Peterson as coach Trevor James opted to rest leading goal scorer Shawn Lawson, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.
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DCFC also went with a four-man defensive front with former Michigan standout Marcello Borges starting at left back and Tendai Jirira at right back with captain Stephen Carroll and Jalen Crisler handling central defending roles.
University of Detroit Mercy alum Nate Steinwascher picked up the shutout in goal, his second victory in Members Cup play.
DCFC plays National Independent Soccer Association's Philadelphia Fury on Saturday in a friendly at Keyworth Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Le Rouge returns to Members Cup play Sept. 14 at Milwaulkee.