In the end, it was only right that Detroit City FC won the first NISA championship.
Le Rouge won the 2020 fall championship, 2021 spring championship and 2021 Legends Cup.
Still, Saturday's final at sold-out Keyworth Stadium wasn't the definitive statement DCFC might have liked to have made.
It beat the Los Angeles Force, 1-0, but it needed a second-half own goal by Force defender Seamus McLaughlin
The UC Irvine product stepped in to intercept a pass Kevin Venegas
played toward the Force penalty area. Unfortunately, he lobbed his keeper, Brandon Gomez
, with his backpass.