Roster Reset: A Look At Who Played in the Friendlies

Detroit City FC has been light on official roster announcements in the time between the end of the NPSL playoffs and the start of the Member’s Cup this Saturday. However, with two friendlies under their belt a picture of who might be Member’s Cup regulars has emerged. Here is a quick overview of who’s still in, who’s new and where they came from, and who will be playing somewhere else this fall.

NPSL Regular Season Regulars Who Are Still Around

Tommy Buono, Stephen Carroll, Jalen Crisler, Danny Deakin, Bakie Goodman, Tendai Jirira, Shawn Lawson, Cyrus Saydee, Max Todd

Almost all of these guys made at least 10 appearances in the NPSL season*, played in one or both friendlies**, and, crucially, do not have any college commitments this fall. I think we can expect the bulk of the Member’s Cup starting XI to come from this group, and many of their roster announcements last spring came with the “full season” tag that at that time indicated they would sign a professional contract.

*Jirira only made 5 appearances, but two were in the playoffs.

**Buono only played against WTFC. The rest played in both.

Other Old Friends

Roddy Green, Nate Steinwascher

Steinwascher seems to be a shoo-in to be our Member’s Cup keeper after playing in both friendlies. Steinwascher made two regular season appearances, but with both Finnerty and Morse in school this fall, City needs a different backstop for the Member’s Cup season and have gone back to someone who has had previous success for the club.

It is harder to tell if Green was a body for a friendly or if he is back for the Member’s Cup season after he only played 27 minutes during the regular season. Green subbed on at 46’ v. WTFC, and did not play v. Indy. Seems that Green could go either way, though it’s possible I missed an official announcement on his status somewhere.

Among guys who played significant NPSL minutes but did not play in the friendlies, I believe that based on college graduation status, Kervin Kenton (who I think was injured), Michael Pimlott, Oscar Gonzalez, and George Chomakov could all technically come back as well.

Who is Definitely Gone

Here are the guys who played significant minutes during the NPSL season who are definitely going back to school:

  • Owen Finnerty, Michigan
  • Moussa Gueye, Eastern Florida State College
  • Hunter Morse, Michigan State
  • Will Perkins, Michigan State

New Faces

There were many people on the friendly rosters that were new to City. While it is still unknown whether or not some were trialists or have been promised spots on the Member’s Cup roster, here’s a little bit of background on each one:

Richard Bryan, D

Bryan started the WTFC match and played the full 90. An English national, Bryan played his college ball at Division II Lander University in South Carolina, where he earned second-team all-conference honors twice, . Landers has played 3 seasons in USL League Two; in 2017 and 2018 he was a regular with Mississippi Brillas, while this summer he made six appearances for the Des Moines Menace.

Marcello Borges, D

This one will be familiar to a certain contingent of the City faithful, as Borges played college soccer for the University of Michigan, where he was second-team all-Big Ten twice. Borges started the WTFC match, playing 60 minutes. Borges is a product of the Red Bulls Academy, and has played with their U-23 squad in USL2, as well as making 3 appearances for the Michigan Bucks. Borges has represented the USA at the U-20 level, though not since 2017. He was drafted by the Colorado Rapids this spring, but was not signed, and does not appear to have played anywhere this summer.

Diego Casielles, M

Spanish national Casielles went 90 v. WTFC before coming on for the closing 8 minutes against Indy. He played for Fairfield College, in the Division 1 MAAC. He was all-conference with 5 goals his senior year, and played in an NCAA Tournament loss to New Hampshire his junior year. As far as I can tell he has never played summer league soccer.

Marlon Evans, M

Marlon Evans played 72 minutes v. WTFC and 45 v. Indy, starting both matches. Marlon Evans has received call-ups for the Guam national team, playing in the opening leg of their recent World Cup Qualifying victory over Bhutan (they lost his leg 1-0, but won the second 5-0). Evans played for NIAA North Greenville University in South Carolina, playing 13 matches his senior year with a goal and an assist. Wikipedia says he played for a team called Wings FC in the Guam Men’s Soccer League, but I think that’s an academy team.

Evans Frimpong, F

Evans Frimpong is a true journeyman. The Ghanaian national has played all around the world, with his most recent stop being at Jarota Jarocin in the Polish fourth division, having transferred from Bahrain. His most successful stints were at the beginning of his career, where he made 69 appearances for the then-NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he won the Soccer Bowl before bouncing around the NASL a bit. I am very interested to see how he plays this fall. He played in both friendlies, coming on for the second half v. WTFC and the final 30 minutes v. Indy.

Esmail Haidan, GK

Esmail Haidan is a recent Hamtramck High School graduate who almost certainly was just an emergency keeper for the friendlies, though they did get him into the end of the WTFC friendly. Cool moment for the kid I’m sure, but I imagine he is unlikely to feature this fall. He made six appearances for Schoolcraft last fall, but they have not posted an updated roster. I don’t know how Junior College eligibility works, maybe he’ll keep being our emergency keeper.

Stephen Kosmala, D

Stephen Kosmala is an English national who played the second half v. WTFC, and the final 18 minutes v. Indy. He played college soccer at Division II Barry University in Florida, where he helped lead them to the D2 National Championship in his senior year (a run which included a win over Richard Bryan’s Lander squad). Kosmala made seven appearances this summer for USL2’s Des Moines Menace.

Yazeed Matthews, F

Matthews played the final 18 minutes v. Indy, though his previous trip to Keyworth was on the other bench. Yes, Matthews’ immediate previous team is AFC Ann Arbor, where he played this summer. Did he score? I don’t know, the AFCAA website doesn’t have any stats. He played 90 minutes in the DCFC@AFCAA game, and was previously subbed off after 65 in the Detroit leg. Matthews played college soccer with Tyrone Mondi at Coastal Carolina, where he scored 13 goals and was named All-Sun Belt his senior season.

Ryan Peterson, F

Peterson played the first half v. WTFC, and the final 18 minutes v. Indy. There’s a lot of guys that show up when you search “Ryan Peterson soccer,” but this one has a Twitter account with Keyworth as his header pic, so I am confident it is this one. Peterson played college soccer for Rutgers, scoring 4 goals his senior season in 2017. He spend 2018 with USL2’s AC Connecticut, where he made 13 appearances. This summer he was elsewhere in the NPSL, playing for FC Motown, in Morristown, NJ. You know, the other Motown.

James Vaughn, M

James Vaughn is another guy who played for AFCAA, and was their team MVP in 2017. The English national played his college soccer for Division II Northwoods University, being one of their primary starters all four years. James made 4 appearances for the Michigan Bucks last summer, though does not appear to have been on this summer’s Flint City Championship squad. We’re buried in this article so I’m just gonna take this opportunity to say, you know, I’m pretty much cool with Flint City Bucks at this point. It looks like after making the move to Flint they actually started trying to be a real club, and I think that’s good. Anyways, I can’t find anything suggesting he played anywhere this summer. Also there’s a bunch of other guys named James Vaughn but I’m fairly sure it’s this one.

A Quick Disclaimer Before I Go

The state of searching for information on lower league soccer is somewhat fraught. I’m fairly certain something I said here is straight up wrong, or I got the wrong guy, or whatever. If that happened, let me know, but please be nice about it.

3 Replies to “Roster Reset: A Look At Who Played in the Friendlies”

  1. Thanks, this is very good stuff. For future reference though national and international have entirely different meanings. If DCFC had all the “internationals” you cite they would be an incredible team.

    1. That’s a good enough note that I fixed them all, though Marlon Evans is, in fact, a Guamanian international and I didn’t even use it in that one.

  2. I’ve been disappointed that we haven’t seen more of Roddy Green yet as he is one of us (a local DCFC fan) and talented.

    I thought he looked great playing right wingback (a new position for him) against Windsor. It’s too bad that match wasn’t streamed to go back and watch the quality of service into the box he provided (looked better than Will Perkins).

    In a friendly in which they let Indy play with 11 men after the red card, I think Roddy was the only non-GK who didn’t get on the field. Since the club isn’t really going “Pro” this fall, I’d rather see Roddy get a shot than some guy that just flew in and trained once with the club and gets to play the full friendly.

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