Motor City FC is U.S. Women’s Soccer’s Best Kept Secret

The 2015 Motor City Football Club roster is full of elite players with high achievements. Let’s run through the numbers:

  • Eight players rostered with the U.S. National U17, U20 and U23 teams
  • Four College All American player recognitions
  • Four College Player of the Year awards
  • Six All Big Ten players
  • Two former professional players
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Motor City FC Partners with Pontiac School District

Motor City FC Partners with Pontiac School District

In a breakthrough partnership between Michigan Stars Football Club and the Pontiac School District, soccer is coming to the city “where the world comes to play.” Michigan Stars Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ned Fawaz, and Michigan Stars President, Shereef Akeel, met before the trustees of the Pontiac School District, representative from the State of Michigan Department of Education, the Superintendent for all Pontiac public schools, and coaches from the school district. 

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Soccer is Coming to Pontiac

Soccer is Coming to Pontiac

Two of the top soccer clubs in the nation are coming to Pontiac this summer. Michigan Stars FC and Motor City FC feature the best current college players and aspiring professionals in the Midwest and beyond. The Stars play in the NPSL, which is considered the 4th level of men’s competition in the U.S. Soccer pyramid. Motor City plays in the WPSL, which is considered the 2nd level of women’s competition in the U.S. Soccer pyramid.


Full schedules:

Michigan Stars:
Motor City FC:

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MCFC Wins First WPSL Game

The Women’s Premier Soccer League hosted its first game of the season Saturday afternoon when the Cincinnati Lady Saints traveled to Livonia to take on Motor City Football Club (MCFC).

Cincinnati’s goalkeeper, Kara Gudmens, who played collegiately at the University of Alabama, made ten saves, but couldn’t stop Alyssa Mira from scoring what proved to be the game winner in injury time at the end of the first half. “[Gudmens] made six or seven spectacular saves,” said head coach Skipper Mukhtar of the Crimson Tide alum. “But [Alyssa] Mira scored Motor City’s first-ever goal, and I couldn’t be happier for her,” Mukhtar added.

Jill Flietstra (MSU) posted the shutout for MCFC, making three saves in a relatively simple day at the back, thanks to the organization of defenders Jackie Carron (Michigan), Stephanie Martin (CMU), Claire Horton (CMU), and Katie Wooley (GVSU).

MCFC held the ball for 70% of the game, limiting Cincinnati to a direct-style of attack that was largely ineffective. “We stress possession and we did a phenomenal job of keeping the ball today,” said Mukhtar. Michigan State alums Lauren Hill and Lauren Sinacola controlled the pace of play in midfield, moving the ball around the field involving the entire team.

MCFC is back in action next week at 1pm vs the Columbus Eagles.  Tickets are at the gate the day of the game. $7 for adults and $3 for children. MCFC plays its home games at Livonia Churchill High School.

Reed inks deal with NWSL squad

Niki Reed, recently signed a professional contract with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The NWSL is the nation’s highest women’s professional league.

Reed, a midfielder and product of Michigan’s Vardar Soccer Club, Lake Orion High School, and the University of Illinois, who spent the preseason with Motor City Football Club (MCFC), commented on her time with MCFC, saying, “Motor City’s top-notch coaching staff and superb organization helped provide me with the necessary tools to make it at the next level.” 

Skipper Mukhtar, head coach of MCFC, said, “Niki was a foundational player for our club and she will be missed. She spent the preseason with us and we are proud to support her dream of playing professional soccer.”

MCFC competes in the WPSL, the nation’s second highest women’s soccer league. MCFC plays its home games at Livonia Churchill High School beginning in May.