HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – All teams in Group A of the National Independent Soccer Association Fall Tournament are still alive to reach the semifinals.
Detroit City FC (1-1-0, 3 points) recorded a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Roots (1-1-0, 3) in the first game of a doubleheader at Keyworth Stadium Thursday night.
In the nightcap, New Amsterdam FC (0-0-1, 1) played the first-place Michigan Stars FC (1-0-1, 4) to a 2-2 draw.
Despite playing with nine men the final 37 minutes, Michigan managed the tie as Steven Juncaj converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to knot things up.
The Stars were issued a red card in the 23rd minute.
Danny Vicente lifted New Amsterdam into a 36th-minute edge, but Gonnie Ben-Tal tied it up in the 45th minute minute.
After Michigan’s Remy Tazifor was red carded in the 53rd minute, New Amsterdam grabbed the lead again on Mike Bello’s first goal of the season.
In the first match, Oakland grabbed a 1-0 lead during first-half stoppage time.
Yazeed Matthews equalized in the 54th minute for the hosts, who took the lead for good on Shawn-Claud Lawson’s 40th career goal for the club in the 79th minute.
Detroit City FC will conclude group stage play against New Amsterdam Sunday at 8 p.m. after Michigan takes on Oakland at 5 p.m.