STARS ADVANCE AFTER KC ATHLETICS WITHDRAW FROM REPLAY
Dearborn, Mi- The Dearborn Stars have advanced into the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup full bracket, after KC Athletics declined to travel to Chicago for a replay of the previously played match. The point of contention is the field size used in Kansas City did not even meet minimum field regulations. Thus creating a major rules violation.
Dearborn Stars Soccer Club Press Release:
-- Fans of the great sport of soccer. Never have we had more of a sickening feeling in our guts, then we have had over the past week. It should never have come to this, but it unfortunately has. We as a club of over 30 years are extremely disappointed that a game between two very competitive teams could not have been settled on a level playing field, respectful of this enormous and historical US soccer competition.
To say in any way, shape or form, that what we walked into in Kansas City on April 21 was comprehendible, would be a complete twist of the truth. For accomplished players, to be playing on that field, on that day was absolutely insulting. Upon arriving to the field, it was apparent to all involved including players, referees and state commissioner that there was a major problem with field dimensions. We were immediately given the option of turning around, going back home and forcing Kansas City to travel to Dearborn to play the game. This after spending in the thousands of dollars travel expenses. We would never agree to play that type of match on that type of pitch. We were advised at that point by the commissioner that we had the option to stay and play under a full protest PRIOR to the game. We followed every complete step, filed an immediate formal protest and all involved were well aware of the circumstances PRIOR to the game. There is transparent paperwork to verify all of this. To suggest that Kansas City did not know about this would be a slap in the face to all involved.
In terms of changing the game to a Sunday, both teams had agreed in advance. Our club would have had the same full roster for a Saturday game. If Kansas City had said no, then no problem we show up as normal on Saturday. Our club will always stand on principal. There are rules in place for a reason, and those rules are not meant to be broken to your advantage.
It was a very sad ending to the weekend, but never soured our view on Kansas City. Leading up to the game, we had a great time and were treated great. The airport, hotel and restaurants were phenomenal. To the fans of Sporting KC that we mingled with in the hotel, it was an absolute blast. In the spirit of competition, we hope to play Kansas City again in the future and hope all the passionate fans that have voiced their opinion come out to the game.--
Now the Stars turn their attention to US Open Cup Draw to be held in the next few days, with a potential 1st round matchup against any number of teams to be played on May 12. MLS teams enter in the 3rd round.
Stars Well Represented In 4th Annual Consular Tournament
October 10, 2011 (Pontiac,Michigan)- The Dearborn Stars were well represented this past weekend in the 4th Annual Consular Soccer Tournament. The tournament participants included 12 countries this year.
The groups were divided into 3. Group A Lebanon,Italy,Yemen,Spain. Group B Mexico,Japan,Brazil,France. Group C Canada,Macedonia,Syria,Iraq.
Team Lebanon boasted 7 Dearborn Stars players, while team Italy had Vito Lonigro in net. Lonigro was this year's top goalkeeper in the MPSL. Team Iraq which would eventually win the final in a penalty shootout against Lebanon, also field the Stars Hider Zayadi.
Overall the tournament has grown more competitive over the years, and the players enjoyed the entire experience.
The Stars are excited about the 30th year anniversary and the 2012 season. Stay tuned for more details.
Dearborn Stars and IACS Play To 1-1 Tie At Edsel Ford High
Dearborn Stars 2011 MPSL Open Champions
August 5, 2011(Dearborn,Michigan)-With a 1-1 tie Friday night against IACS, the Dearborn Stars earned the point needed to secure the MPSL Open Division championship.
Even with a loss Sunday night against the Detroit Chaldean, there is too much distance for any team to catch up. This means a much deserved promotion into the MPSL Premier League's First Division.
The Stars goal Friday night was scored by Simon Puchy, and if it wasn't for some wasted efforts all evening long by the Stars offense, it would've been a resounding victory.
As fate would have it after being solid all season long and only giving up 1 goal in the league through 8 league games, it would be a defensive error that allowed IACS to tie the score late in the second half.
After the Stars put all their efforts into a late goal to secure the win, the referee blew the contest over giving the Stars their much earned championship.
The Stars look to finish on a high note Sunday night in their final game at Edsel Ford against Detroit Chaldean. Check back for pictures, sounds and quotes.
Dearborn Stars Lose In Overtime 2-1 Against Michigan Sporting
June 24, 2011(Dearborn,Michigan)-Wow. The game lived up to the pre-game hype. Two teams playing gutsy for 90 minutes to a 1-1 draw. This matchup not surprisingly would need extra time to decide the winner. After a Soony Saad penalty shot 10 minutes into the game made the score 1-0, it would take the Stars Eric Holka late in the second half to knot the score at 1-1.
In the second 5 minute overtime Hamoody Saad struck the winning goal with penalty kicks looming. A great atmosphere and crowd support added to the play on the field. More details and pictures to come...
DEARBORN STARS PLAY MICHIGAN SPORTING IN EL CLASICO
Dearborn,Michigan- This Friday night, June 24 7pm at Fordson High School, Dearborn will see its two Men's Premier Soccer Clubs, Michigan Sporting and Dearborn Stars face off for the third time since 1996.
Michigan Sporting is sponsored by the Bint Jbeil Cultural Center while the Dearborn Stars are sponsored by the Lebanese International Business Council.
That series started with an epic 1996 battle, which drew hundreds of supporters to the old Dearborn Civic Center at the corner of Michigan Ave and Greenfield, saw the Dearborn Stars win a 4-2 hotly contested battle.
Although 99 percent of the names and faces have changed since then, there is one constant that will have played a part in the first contest as well as Friday night's encounter, Manager/Player Mohamad Hijazi.
"I was very fortunate to have been a part of the 1996 Dearborn Stars team that accomplished so much. We went to Lebanon that summer as a team. We came back to the States and won the Michigan Cup. We then played an unbelievable Bint Jbeil team in the final of the Dearborn Tournament. I can still remember how many people were at that game, and the electricity that surrounded it. We had a lot of friends on the other team and everyone left everything on the field. We played a great game and won 4-2," Hijazi said.
The Dearborn Stars lost a showdown with Michigan Sporting 3-0 in 2009 when that victory helped Sporting gain promotion to the First Division. With a 1-1 head to head record, this years game will give one club bragging rights for at least another year.
Hijazi also added,"This time around both teams have an incredible ton of talent. We have many friendships on both sides. I'm so excited as I know Haider Bazzi Manager for Michigan Sporting is as well for the community to come together for this type of event. It will be an electric atmosphere, with a great soccer display."
The game kickoff will be right after 7pm. Free Admission. Both teams hope to see a great community turnout.
Jason Noblit of the Dearborn Stars Soccer Club, juggles a soccer ball in front of the viewing stand during the Memorial Day parade honoring Vietnam Vets down Michigan Avenue in Dearborn,Mich., on Monday, May 30, 2011.
2011 DEARBORN STARS GRAND OPENING HOME GAME A SUCCESS WITH WIN!
LEBANESE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL Presents
2011 GRAND OPENING HOME GAME vs
Dearborn Stars SC 2 vs Croatia SC 0
May 22, 2011(Dearborn,Michigan)- The Dearborn Stars beat Croatia SC 2-0 on a beautiful day at Fordson High School. It was a competitive game against a young and energetic Croatia SC team.
The Stars coming off an emotional MPSL Cup win Friday night, showed the after effects to start the first half today. The goals were scored by Noor Fouani and Anthony Demarco.
Individual talent and skill was on display all day long. What was lacking were several early chances by several players to come out of the gait aggressively. Noor was again lethal in a one on one situation against the Croatia defender. Dribbling at him with speed, Noor was able to make a great move to get the ball on his right foot from about 18 yards out to fire the first goal of the game in against a helpless Croatia keeper.
The chances rained in all afternoon, but what was missing was technical finishing. Several chances off the post and crossbar would continue to frustrate the potent Stars offense.
It would take until the second half on a beautiful cross by Mahmoud Haidar to a rising Anthony, that would see the Stars defender attack the ball at its highest point to head in the cross and make the score 2-0. A beautiful play that would end up being all that the Stars would need to secure their 2nd win of the season and open the league season with a satisfying effort.
It was an early fitness test against a young and hungry Croatia team. The weather, crowd and beautiful Fordson High setting made for a festive atmosphere.
The Stars head into a 2 week break and then straight into the toughest part of their entire schedule. Although still early, the Stars have their eyes set on making noise in the State and League Cups.
Time will tell how this season will plan out, but the players are excited about the challenges ahead.
May 20, 2011(Hamtramck, Michigan)- After waiting a week due to weather, the Dearborn Stars were finally able to show off their 2011 revamped team last night in Hamtramck against SC Bosna. An electric atmosphere at Keyworth Stadium lifted the Stars to a 7-3 victory.
The stakes were high as the winner would advance to the second round of the Michigan Premier League Cup and a matchup against Detroit United.
The Stars came out aggressively and with an attacking mentality that would see opportunities galore right from the kickoff. A neat combination play in the box between Louie Djokic and Noor Fouani would see Louie smoothly flick the ball over the helpless SC Bosna keeper to make it 1-0 only 5 minutes in.
The attack kept on coming and the Stars would make it 2-0 through a great shot to the SC Bosna keeper’s right by Noor. Midway through the first half after making a great move on the keeper, Mark Djokic from his central midfield position would make the game 3-0.
As the Stars continued to press, SC Bosna was becoming evidently dangerous on the counter attack and would respond with a goal of their own just 10 minutes from the first half to make it 3-1. That would remain the score line going into halftime. Who knew that the first half was only the appetizer for things to come.
The second half started with a bang as just 2 minutes in, Noor would again be a thorn in the SC Bosna defense with his second goal of the game, making it 4-1. A quick response would ensue as SC Bosna responded quickly on a counter attack and miscue by the Stars defense to make it 4-2.
As the Stars had done all game long they responded quickly and with a great move in the box by Louie. With a quick move he would leave the goalie gasping for air, and easily slotted into the empty net making it 5-2.
Showing true character all game long SC Bosna would score a beautiful goal on a set piece shortly thereafter making it 5-3. That would be all that the Stars would allow the rest of the game as the defense withstood several SC Bosna attacking chances.
Goals by Mohamad Hijazi and Yasser Mezher would make the scoreline 7-3 and send the Stars into the second round of the MPSL League Cup against Detroit United on June 10th. That should make for an interesting matchup as the Stars look to stamp their name on the 2011 season against United regarded by some as the best team in the state of Michigan.
Next up for the Stars is a date at Fordson High School against Croatia SC, Sunday May 22 with a 6pm kickoff. This is the first league game for the Stars. An exciting mix of challenges ahead, the Stars are off to a great start.
Dearborn Stars vs Carpathia Kickers CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
May 14, 2011 (Dearborn,Michigan)-GAME CANCELED, MAKEUP DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK.
After a frustrating evening Friday night against the USC Lancers, which saw the game suspended after only 10 minutes due to lightning, the Stars look to finally get the season rolling Sunday afternoon against the Carpathia Kickers.
Annually one of the most competitive games of the Michigan Premier Soccer League season, this contest could very well dictate how the rest of the season plays out. Both teams will come ready to play and it should be a very entertaining game.
There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow, and hopefully weather doesn’t play a role in the final outcome. The game will take place at the Bishop Gallagher Complex located at 36301 Utica Rd Clinton Township 48035 with kickoff set for 4pm.
May 9, 2011 (Dearborn,Michigan)- The Dearborn Stars enter their final week of preparations before opening the Michigan Premier League Season this Friday night against the USC Lancers. There is a lot of excitement in the air as this team looks to make huge leaps and bounds under new leadership. The game against the Lancers at Pontiac's Oakland Yard, will be played at 9pm under the lights in what should be a terrific atmosphere.
Immediately following the Friday nights contest in Pontiac, the Stars will face one of their sternest tests of the season against the Carpathia Kickers at the beautiful Bishop Gallagher Complex this upcoming Sunday. It will be on only one days rest and should be a great indicator of the Stars fitness level. Annually one of the most competitive games for either team, this early test will be a barometer for the Stars in establishing themselves the team to beat in 2011.
The field is located at 5328 Highland Road Waterford 48327. Come support your team as they represent the community to the best of their abilities. Go Stars!!
The Lebanese International Business Council (LIBC) was established in 1999 under the decree No 4 dated 4/12/1999 issued by the Ministry of Interior. It was created in response to an ever growing need for Lebanese Business people abroad to work together in an increasingly developing market.
The DSSC thanks you for all your support. Our entire organization works tirelessly to set the type of example communities can be proud of. Winning takes shape in all forms, but starts with character. As hard as we work as a team on the field, we will work just as hard as a team off of it.
Dr. Ned Fawaz