March 26th, 2015
Written by: Eric Fulton
FC Denver was founded in Winter of 2005/2006 to create a competitive environment for players to continue to push themselves to be the best players they can be. In March 2006, we took the field as FC Denver for the very first time on a windy day at the Schaefer Athletic Complex in the now-defunct Comets Soccer League. We lost 3-0 on that first runout, but gradually started to lay the foundation of what you see today; a multi-team powerhouse of an adult soccer club with a rich history and over 100 current active members.
We still breathe that same desire to compete, excel and improve. We push ourselves at weekly practices and revel in the opportunity to perform each weekend gameday. It’s a labor of love as each of the pay league dues to make this a reality and must prioritize practices and games amongst their busy life schedules; while the team coaches show up week-in and week-out as volunteers to help move their team (and the club as a whole) forward. At times, it can be tiring (when life off the field is extra-busy or when the on-field results aren’t going your way), but 90+% of the time, it’s just fun watching, coaching, playing, and promoting the game we love.
We’ve come a long way and have championships and memories to show for it, but for us, it’s always forward looking and thinking. How can we perform to our highest level in our next match, how can we best support our teams and players, how can we continue to build a strong following of support in Colorado and beyond. This makes me think that our next 9, might be even better than the past nine.
Here’s to a kick-ass party tomorrow night at the Ginn Mill in celebration!
March 4th, 2015
Written by: Eric Fulton
Top/Bottom Pictures by: Corbin Elliott Photography
We are reloaded and ready for 2015! 2014 was challenging. Not bad, because there was far too much fun had and far too many success stories accomplished for that (Competing in Nationals, Masters winning Spring and Fall league championships, and the creation of the new O30 Legends squad), but challenging nonetheless. It was a year of learning and transition, which led us to make the difficult decision to not participate in this past 2014-15 PASL Semi-Pro indoor season. It was a tough decision as we love offering our players top competitive opportunities and because playing in the PASL has been influential in building our brand by exposing it to more people. We really enjoyed our first two years of Semi-Pro indoor ball, but we were already stretched and worn from the year and needed the down time, so the decision mostly made itself. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
Now, in retrospect, it was absolutely necessary for our players and leadership to take time away from the constant competition to regain the hunger to excel and to get back to doing the little things that got us to the top in the first place. We had gone 2+ years full-steam ahead with year around Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Indoor, and while we love the game as much or more than anyone, we needed a downtime to regroup and reload. And the results of this choice have been extraordinary.
We had time to hold off-season drop-ins (which we would have never had time or interest in doing if we were playing indoor). These drop-ins allowed us to just have fun playing while having the ability to invite and evaluate a whole swath of new players during the off-season (which previously, we would have attempted to jam into one or two days of crowded tryouts). This also allowed our returning players to get out and play at their leisure during the off-season which is a nice break from the consistent structure we (rightly) need most of the year. And we got back on the recruiting trail in a big way. Using all available avenues to locate strong local players, instead of just relying on them to reach out to us as we have in the past. This has all paid huge dividends.
How so? We’ve had one of the two best off-season recruiting classes we have ever had. That’s simply remarkable. We actually had so many new talented players that we formed a new FC Denver Men’s Open Team called FC Denver Select (which is the rebirth of a previous FCD team name). In addition to the new squad, our Premier and United squads are busting at the seams with quality. It’s set to be an exciting season and year ahead. While there’s always excitement surrounding an upcoming season, this season just feels different with the returners being rested and focused and the new players energetic and eager to perform. We’ve got ample work ahead to achieve our goals for this year, our 10th year, and we are reloaded and ready to do just that.