DETROIT – Detroit City FC announced on Monday the club had exercised its contract option to retain midfielder Michael Bryant for the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Bryant made 31 league appearances in his first season with Le Rouge, totaling 2,315 minutes of play as the side reached the USL Championship Playoffs in its first season in the league. The 27-year-old ranked third on the club with 57 clearances and 14 blocked shots, while also ranking fourth for the team with 46 interceptions. Bryant also won 67 percent of tackles (16 of 24) and posted a 53.3 percent duel success rate and 61.5 percent aerial duel success rate.
The California native’s versatility was key to DCFC’s success in the past campaign as he played in multiple positions across the field. Bryant predominantly played as a center back in Le Rouge’s back three, but also showed off his scoring touch when advanced further up the field and notched four goals in the league campaign.
Bryant had joined Le Rouge following a successful stint at the California United Strikers of the National Independent Soccer Association and is part of a strong returning contingent of players at Keyworth Stadium next spring.