4/2/2017 Weekend Rewind


We only had one game yesterday, but it was memorable. Premier played Rush in a game with several state/league subplots swirling around the match.

We came out flat. Rush pressed well in midfield and we lacked sharpness to work the ball through their pressure. On two set plays and one poor defensive turnover near the box, we caught some bad bounces and didn’t show the commitment necessary and found ourselves quickly down 3-0 around the 35th minute. While Rush was competitive, we felt like the scoreline was self-imposed.

We caught a lifeline when Jonny Sawyer finished a breakaway in the 43rd minute to close the deficit to 3-1 going into half. At half, Coach Elbin adjusted several things and we came out the second half a different team. Confident and committed. The full press worked wonders as Rush was unable to play out of the back and was stuck in their end for large swaths of the 2nd half. The comeback was in full gear when Jeremy Sampson took a terrific shot just outside of the box that went off the crossbar and in around the 55th minute to bring us back to within one (3-2). Around 15 minutes later, a Cory Schmeling volley hit the post and ricocheted in to tie the game up at 3-3. Around this time, Rush managed a couple of counters that could have been dangerous but ultimately didn’t lead to much. And with less than 5 minutes on the clock, Kyle Crouse got the ball near the top of the box, cut back to evade two defenders and coolly slotted the ball (on weaker foot) into the side-netting for the 4-3 win.

Incredible team belief and fortitude to come back for the win. Post-game beers were in order.

CLUB GOLDEN BOOT RACE
Since we’re a few weeks into our season, it’s time to post our initial Spring 2017 Golden Boot Standings (Goals, Player, Team).

4 Gary Stom -Masters
2 Vitor Bravo -Premier
2 Jeremy Sampson -Premier
2 Jonny Sawyer -Premier
2 Kyle Crouse -Premier/United
2 Alan Pantaleon -United
2 Scott Brooks -Masters
2 John Riggs -Masters
2 Jin Tsuchiya -Legends
2 Pascal Wagner -Legends

FC DENVER vs FC DENVER: PLAYOFF EDITION

fc-denver-est2006-logoFC DENVER vs FC DENVER: PLAYOFF EDITION

FC DENVER PREMIER vs FC DENVER UNITED
Colorado Amateur Soccer League Fall 2016 Quarterfinals
Sunday October 30th –  3:30pm – Broomfield Commons (MAP)

PREMIER – 5-2 – Hitting on all cylinders after a first round playoff dismantling last night of potential #USOC2017 participant Colorado Rush. Goals coming from all over and the team playing as confident as we’ve seen all year.
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UNITED – 6-0 – Ran rampant over lower bracket competition all season in putting up one of the most impressive single regular seasons in FC Denver history. And United has had the upper hand on Premier during weekly inter-club practices during the season. In recent weeks, beat both a talented CO School of Mines Club team and top seeded team in the CASL playoffs, Valencia.

PREMIER v UNITED PLAYOFF HISTORY: 1-1
– United won first ever FCD v FCD Playoff matchup in Spring 2010 as now GM/Member of Board, then United Captain/Coach, Luke Elbin beat longtime friend /businesses partner, and also Member of Board, then Premier Captain/Coach, Kyle Firebaugh 1-0 behind an excellent goal from Lio DelPiccolo.
– Premier won most recent playoff matchup in Spring of 2015. Game was won in OT (1-1 in regulation) as Luke Elbin, then Premier coach, beat now Premier coach, then United coach, Drew Melin 2-1 in epic battle of the squads. In a crazy twist of fate, Lio Delpiccolo also scored for United in this game, but it wasn’t enough as Premier triumphed.

We celebrate all of our players and may the best team win!

This Sunday, we celebrate FC Denver! Beers on Fulton!