Monday, June 29, 2015

I want to see a Michigan Amateur Cup

Soccer is booming at a small level here in Michigan. We have Detroit City FC leading the way. Lansing United is developing a passionate following in the state's capital. Michigan Bucks, and awful as their owner is, have been a mainstay in the state for 20 years. Grand Rapids FC got 3,800+ fans in only their second ever match and over 4,100 to watch a friendly against Lansing United. How much fun would it be fore every amateur team in the state to compete in a cup competition? From City and Bucks at the top, down through the fourth tier with Lansing United and Michigan Stars, through the fifth tier with Grand Rapids FC, Ann Arbor, and even the independant (for now) Muskegon Risers, it can be a great way to grow soccer in this state.

The lower level leagues are always looking for more games to play. Michigan clubs' supporters are always spotted chirping at each other on Twitter. The Detroit City-Michigan Bucks match in the US Open Cup was a great showcase for soccer in the state. I think it would be loads of fun for these small, passionate fans to duke it out in a cup style competition.

There are currently eight clubs in the state of Michigan:

Detroit City FC (NPSL)
Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Lansing United (NPSL)
Michigan Stars (NPSL)
AFC Ann Arbor (Great Lakes Premier League)
Grand Rapids FC (Great Lakes Premier League)
Oakland United FC (Great Lakes Premier League)
Muskegon Risers (Independent)

Eight makes for a perfect cup size competition. The eight teams are randomly drawn for the first round. The sides play a two-legged match to determine who moves on to the semi-finals. Opponents are randomly drawn again for the semis for another two-legged match. The winners move on to the Michigan Cup Final to be played at a neutral site. The winner, if not already qualifying through league play, can earn a spot in the US Open Cup the following season. I see it being a ton of fun and great for the game in Michigan.

The competition could continue when Detroit City, and possibly Michigan Bucks, inevitably turn pro in the coming years. It might lead to  some one sided results in the future, but how awesome would it be to see one of the wonderful amateur clubs take down a pro side within our own state? Who are the powers that be who can make this happen? Am I a power that be who can make this happen?

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