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Nolan Bianchi
Special to The Detroit News

Detroit City FC travelled a long way for Saturday night's matchup against California United FC.

It was a bicycle that got Le Rouge to the finish line in its second game of the NISA fall season, even though it wasn't the result they wanted: A 1-1 draw.

Detroit City FC defenseman Kevin Venegas, left, takes the ball upfield past a fallen L.A. Force defender in the first half.

Jimmy Filerman dropped a bicycle kick over the head of Cal United keeper Steven Barrera and salvaged the one-game, west-coast road trip after an own goal put DCFC behind the eight-ball early.

In the 39th minute, DCFC defender Kevin Venegas made an errant clear that snuck past his keeper to put Cal United up 1-0, its only goal of the game. 

Connor Rutz had a point-blank chance in the 66th minute, receiving a cross in the box and redirecting it toward a wide-open goal. Barrera travelled the goal line in a flash to make a save that'd keep the game tied.

Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer.