Detroit City FC players celebrate winning the Great Lakes Region of the Independent Cup. (Photo courtesy of Detroit City FC)

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – When the National Independent Soccer Association kicks off later this month, Detroit City FC has positioned itself as the team to beat.

Coming off a fabulous campaign in which it captured the 2019 NPSL Members Cup title, Detroit City FC added another trophy to its collection Sunday afternoon.

Detroit City FC captured the Great Lakes Region of the NISA Independent Cup at Keyworth Stadium behind a 3-0 victory over FC Buffalo.

Yazeed Matthews scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Evans Frimpong to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Soon afterwards, Buffalo was awarded a penalty kick for a handball in the box, but Nathan Steinwascher pulled off a diving save to keep the visiting side off the scoreboard.

Le Rouge tallied two more goals before the end of the half as Shawn-Claud Lawson scored his second goal of the season in the 31st minute. Connor Rutz continued his man of the match level of play from Friday with a goal four minutes later to for a 3-0 advantage.

A brief halftime downpour slowed the field for the second half. FC Buffalo was unable to mount any type of pressure on the City backline.

On Friday night, Detroit City FC also defeated Cleveland SC, 3-0.

Detroit City FC will kick off National Independent Soccer Association action against Chattanooga FC at Keyworth Stadium Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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