MSFC Beats Livonia FC 1-0 in Milk Cup Match

The Michigan Stars FC defeated Livonia FC 1-0 on a goal by Michel Allou (at left in front row) assisted by Steven Juncaj (second from left in back row)

The Michigan Stars FC defeated Livonia FC 1-0 on a goal by Michel Allou (at left in front row) assisted by Steven Juncaj (second from left in back row)

The Michigan Stars FC (MSFC) advanced to the round of eight in the 2019 Michigan Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan with a 1-0 victory over Livonia FC at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, Pontiac, Michigan on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

The winning goal came late in the second half off the foot of Michel Allou on an assist from Steven Juncaj.

MCFC continues their quest for the Michigan Milk Cup as they face off against the Flint City Bucks on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00 PM at Atwood Stadium in Flint, MI.

Michigan Stars FC to Compete in 2019 Michigan Milk Cup

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The Motor City FC (MCFC) has been chosen to compete in the 2019 Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

The Stars will join 11 other semi-pro and amateur soccer clubs from all over Michigan who will compete in a single elimination bracket for a $7,500 grand prize.

The competing teams include The Michigan Stars FC, Flint City Bucks, AFC Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids Football Club, Kalamazoo FC, Livonia City FC, Force FC, BIH GR, St, Clair, AAFC Lumberjacks, Oakland County Football Club and Bafana United.

Four teams earned a first-round bye based on Results from the previous season, previous participation (and/or results) from the Milk Cup and the ability to host a quarterfinals match.

The remaining 8 teams were put into a random draw to determine matchups and hosts.

The same random draw process will be followed for the semifinals and finals (all random drawings to be executed by United Dairy Industry of Michigan).

The Stars will host Livonia FC in the first round. The match will be played on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 S Blvd E, Pontiac, MI 48341.

Tickets will be $7.00 for adults (15 and under) and $3.00 for youth. Children 5 and under are free. Tciets are available at www.michiganstarsfc.com or at the gate.

Michigan Stars FC Releases 2019 Schedule

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The Michigan Stars FC (MCFC) has announced that it will return to National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL) competition for the 2019 season where the team will be competing in the NPSL Great Lakes Region.

The Michigan Stars FC joined the NPSL for the 2014 season competing in what was then called the Midwest Region.

After four seasons in a very competitive division, team management made the decision to sit out the 2018 season and focus on rebuilding the operation and return with a competitive team in 2019.

“We always enjoyed competing at the high level of competition the NPSL offers,” said Dr. Ned Fawaz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the Michigan Stars FC. “We’re returning in 2019 with a new coaching staff and a focus on being more competitive in the NPSL and beyond.”

The revitalized 2019 Stars will be led by Head Coach George Juncaj.

Juncai emigrated from Montenegro in the early 1980’s and played professionally for the San Pedro Croation Club where he was the top scorer in the Pacific Coast League 1987 season. Juncai formed the Detroit United in 2002 earning several top honors including a second-place finish in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup. He is well-known throughout the soccer community with clubs like SBV Vitesse (Holland), Grasshopper FC Zurich (Switzerland) and IMG Academy (United States).

The 2019 Michigan Stars FC will compete in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference that also includes AFC Ann Arbor, Detroit City FC, FC Columbus, FC Indiana, Grand Rapids FC, Kalamazoo FC and newcomer Toledo Villa FC.

MSFC will play their home games at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 S Blvd. E, Pontiac, MI. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for all home games will be available for purchase at www.michiganstarsfc.com.

For updates on the team follow us on Twitter @MichigansStarsFC, on Facebook, /michiganstarsfc and on the web at www.michiganstarsfc.com.

A Message from George Juncaj, co-owner and head coach of Michigan Stars F.C.

 
Co-Owners Ned Fawaz and George Juncaj

Co-Owners Ned Fawaz and George Juncaj

 

With 2018 coming to a close, I wanted to reach out to the partners, staff, players and all of our lovely soccer fans in the U.S. and around the globe and wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a prosperous 2019! Thank you everyone for the continued support, we will resume practice and training on January 7th, 2019 at Total Soccer, Washington. See you there!

George Juncaj,

Co-Owner & Head Coach

Michigan Stars Football Club

Eleven Founding Members to Launch a New League in Association with the NPSL

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Eleven Founding Members to Launch a New League in Association with the National Premier Soccer League

Clubs to Compete for Inaugural Founders Cup from August through November 2019; Full Schedule Planned For 2020


(New York, November 15, 2018) - The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) today announced that an established group of 11 clubs stretching across the United States have launched a new league in association with the NPSL. The clubs will compete in the first-ever NPSL Founders Cup competition that will run from August to November 2019. That competition will lead to a full league schedule in the spring to fall of 2020. These clubs will be making a full-time commitment to their markets and will include professional players, coaches, and staff.

“We are very excited to bring a new brand of community-based soccer to the U.S. market,” said NPSL Chairman Joe Barone. “Beginning with the Founders Cup, fans will be able to enjoy watching authentic clubs compete with professional players and staff.  This new venture will build upon the success and experience of NPSL and its nationwide network of local soccer club members.”

"We support our members’ growth and expansion of their leagues,” said United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) President John Motta. “This is another opportunity to develop players, coaches, administrators, and referees at the highest level of adult soccer. This is absolutely critical for player development, as it prepares players onto the next level and also for referee development, as this level of adult soccer is the best training ground for referees in this country."

The 11 founding members include ASC San Diego, Cal FC, California United Strikers FC, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, FC Arizona, Miami FC, Miami United FC, Milwaukee Torrent, New York Cosmos, and Oakland Roots, and plans are being developed to add additional clubs.

The format, player roster information, schedule, and additional details of the Founders Cup will be announced at a date later this winter.
 

Media Relations Contacts:


Gary Moody
media@npslsoccer.net
330-205-2446

Joe Favorito
joefavorito2@gmail.com
917-566-8345

An Important Message From The Michigan Stars

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From: The Michigan Stars FC

To: All of our loyal fans and teammates

After much thought and discussion it has been decided that the Michigan Stars Football Club will not be competing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Midwest Region for the upcoming 2018 season.

The Michigan Stars have enjoyed the high level of competition the NPSL offers and will continue to provide our future players a chance to showcase their talents to the top scouts in the country.

Looking back over the last couple of seasons we have realized that, while Southeast Michigan is rich with soccer players at the club and amateur levels, the market for top level teams in this region has become saturated to the point where it has been hard for the Stars to build and sustain a substantial following.

We plan to use the coming year to evaluate our position, see what other options are available,

and be ready to come back strong in 2019.

We will still be fielding a women’s team for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) 2018 summer season.

The Motor City Football Club is the reigning WPSL Central Greatlakes Divisions champions undefeated in 2017 with a record of six wins and three draws.

We invite you to follow Motor City FC as they look to retain their title for the upcoming 2018 season.

Stay tuned to this site, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as we will be posting information as we move forward.

With appreciation,

 

Chris Corteg,

General Manager

Michigan Sports Foundation

Anthony Mwembia chosen for Football Manager Team of the Week

Congratulations to Michigan Stars goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia who was chosen for the Football Manager Team of the Week.

The latest Football Manager Team of the Week features Anthony along with players from eight otherNPSL soccer clubs; Stockade FC, Kalamazoo FC, Midland-Odessa FC, CD Aguiluchos USA, Inter Nashville FC, FC Wichita, AFC Ann Arbor, and Kitsap Soccer Club.

Voting comes from SoccerNation.com, OSG Sports, Midfield Press, and Soccer Down Here - Atlanta United!

Three late goals propel Stars to 4-3 victory

The Michigan Stars scored three goals in the final eight minutes, including two in stoppage time, to defeat FC Indiana 4-3 Friday night in the team’s final home game of the season.  After trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Stars enjoyed a friendly locker room chat, tweaked the lineup a bit and came out raring to go.

“The changes we made at halftime were tactical,” said Michigan Stars assistant coach Eric Perilla.  “We talked about how Indiana was pressing and how we could expose them.  Coach Nathan (Smith) found a way for us to do that and from there everything just fell into place.”

Defender Jacob Prud’homme opened the scoring for the Stars at 64:00 on a great pass from defender Wilfred Williams and at 85:50, forward Michael Beckett scored to chip away at Indiana’s lead.

It was at the 90-minute mark however, where things got interesting in Berkley.

Driving deep into Indiana’s end, the Stars’ momentum started to build off a couple of quick MSFC corner kicks and throw-ins.  Defender Taylor Fletcher chucked a long throw into the box to defender Alex Ofeimu; he nailed home the header for the equalizer.

A few moments and melees later, midfielder Brandon Katona seized the game-winner for the Stars on a crisp pass to the back of the net.

FC Indiana goals were supplied by Mehdi Himmick (8:36) and Kevin Amaizo (21:52, 38:00).  

Goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia was strong as always for MSFC and was the hands-down Man of the Match.

“Anthony made some phenomenal saves in the second half that could have changed the storyline,” said Perilla.  “He had three huge point-blank saves in a row at a crucial moment in the game for us; he’s without a doubt the Man of the Match.”

The sun sets on the Stars’ 3-4-6 season Monday against league champion AFC Ann Arbor (10-1-1).