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2021 Season Preview

2021 Oakland County FC Season Preview

Written by Robert Kerr, Staff Writer
Oakland County’s best entertainment returns! Oakland County FC is now just days/weeks away from kicking off their 2021 season. This summer is undoubtedly the biggest in the club’s history, as the club will finally play their debut USL2 season. From Mother’s Day, through July, OCFC will be playing at the highest level of pro-development soccer. With the action within touching distance, let’s take a closer look at the unprecedented 2021 schedule.

 

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There’s plenty to be excited about for Oakland County FC fans this summer: A new coaching staff, great players, phenomenal competition, as well as increased support from local sponsors and the City of Clawson, just to name a few. First year head coach Vinnie Vasilevski and his staff have recruited an amazingly talented squad. Coach Vinnie has managed to retain the core of players that took County to the 2019 Milk Cup Final, while bringing in a new wave of supremely talented young players.
Bring your mother to the HOME OPENER! Sunday, May 9th, is OCFC’s long awaited return to Clawson City Park Stadium. The first 50 mothers through the stadium gates will receive a flower to mark the occasion. The players, meanwhile, will do battle with a new celebrity owned club from northeast Indiana. Fort Wayne FC, co-owned by American soccer legend Demarcus Beasley, will also be making their USL2 debut on Mother’s Day, in their first ever competitive game. The intensity is sure to be sky high as both clubs will be determined to kick off the new era in winning fashion.

May 9 marks our first match in over 500 days.

OCFC will then play under the Saturday night lights for the first time in nearly two years. County will welcome another fresh faced debutant club, the Cincinnati Kings Hammer, on May 22nd. Kings Hammer are new to the senior game, but have been a large and successful youth club for many years. The May 22 clash is set to be a party, as all 2021 OCFC season ticket holders have a pair of guest passes for the match.
Three days later, County hit the road for their first of eight road trips of the season. On Tuesday, May 25, OCFC will make the 75 mile trip down I-75 to take on Toledo Villa FC. Unlike the first two opponents, the Purple Gang has a history with the Toledo based club, as they are former UPSL divisional foes. The early season trip south will be a great opportunity to avenge the history between the two clubs, as Toledo was able to squeak 1-0 victories in the past two encounters. Road trip number two comes the following Sunday, as OCFC then head to Fort Wayne for the rematch of the opening day match up.
June’s schedule is a monster, and OCFC’s players will be put to the test. The ‘Men In Purple’s’ talent and energy will be showcased across seven matches. June features four exciting home games and three on the road. Among these June dates, the longest road trip of the season, when the County heads to northern Kentucky, to take on Kings Hammer on the 16th.
County begin, and conclude, the month of June against Kalamazoo FC, the cross-state outfit OCFC dispatched in the 2019 Milk Cup Quarter Final. June 26’s match day is the sole exhibition game of the 2021 schedule when OCFC will welcome an exciting grassroots club from metro Detroit, to Clawson City Park Stadium. That match to be announced later this month.
The 2021 season then comes to a whirlwind crescendo, in July, as OCFC will play the final four games of the regular season, in the first ten days of the month. County plays away against the Dayton Dutch Lions on the 2nd, and then will come home to face the reigning national champion Flint City Bucks, on the fourth of July. The Bucks match is set to be a festive affair, as the clash will be included in the famous 4th of July festivities, held annually in the City of Clawson. The squad will then head across the state for a midweek tussle against Grand Rapids FC, before concluding the season, in Flint, on July 10.
The top three clubs in the USL2 Great Lakes Division will advance to the playoffs. Four rounds of playoffs are then to be played between July 16th and 25th, with the Championship game scheduled for July 31st.
Oakland County FC season ticket holders will receive a number of benefits in 2021. In addition to seven OCFC home games, STH receive two guest tickets to the May 22nd match, $1 select beers at Zeoli’s Modern Italian, during every match day, as well as $2 select beers and 25% off food until 2022. To purchase season tickets, click here.
For more information and updates on all things OCFC, be sure to follow the club on social media, and visit oaklandcountyfc.com