The third weekend of matches in the Colorado Premier League heated up as the FC Denver teams saw success as well as areas of improvement.
Premier FC Denver vs El Azul
A week out from the first round of qualifying matches in the Lamar US Open Cup, our Premier side needed a victory to enter the tournament on great form. Motivated and eager to earn three points, thirty minutes into the match Premier were on the front foot by netting three goals. Premier player/coach Drew Melin said that they were “able to hold off some (of their) chances and kept finishing.” The match finished 6-1 and we are more than excited to see this team shine at the highest level again in the Open Cup this season. Premier sits 6th in the league with a game in hand. View the table here.
United FC Denver vs AC Legends
United faced a tough clash against AC Legends. This team is always very organized and will make changes throughout any match. United started the match very sloppy, ultimately giving up a penalty in the second half. Later, United reorganized and found an equalizer that helped United come away with a point. The match ended 1-1. View the table here.
Masters FC Denver vs Northern Colorado FC
Going into this game, the Masters squad knew it would be a hard match due to NOCO FC formerly playing in the UPSL last season. Sickness and injury dampened spirits slightly before the start of that match. Playing with only 11 men on the day, Masters stayed organized for the first half and scored two goals on fast counter-attacks. At halftime, the score was 2-2. In the last twenty minutes of the game, NOCO brought on subs are started to dominate the game, scoring 3 well-worked goals. This team will surely be in contention for promotion to the Premier Division. View the table here.
Legends FC Denver vs Rovers Over 30
A common theme for our teams this weekend was starting sloppy in the first half of the game. After shaking off the nerves, Legends scored a well-worked goal in the 35th minute. With 25 minutes left in the second half, we found ourselves a man down due to a red card and ended up conceding a goal. We were not done fighting and eventually earned a penalty with 10 minutes left to go. The penalty was put in beautifully and the game ended 2-1 with an amazing final push. View the table here.
A great weekend of play!
On the eve of the weekend of our 26th season of Colorado soccer, here’s what’s happening and what we’re thinking about:
WE ARE PLEASED TO INTRODUCE…
We’ve had a busy summer off the field growing our leadership and admin team. We’ve brought an excellent U19 staff on-board including Program Manager Bob Boyle, Team Coach Peter Bunting, and Assistant Coach Nick McKellar. We are thrilled with the character, experience, and ambition these new club members bring to the U19 program and our club. We’ve also created and fulfilled several new administrative roles as we continue to build our club into the future. In these roles, Nic Wilson (Board Member, Masters Coach/Player) has become Club Vice President and will be working/supporting/overseeing the new administrative side of our operations. On the opposite side of our organizational structure, General Manager Luke Elbin will continue to oversee our soccer operations. In other admin roles; Evan Kiesow (United/Masters Player) has accepted the role as Digital Director and Brandon Best (Masters Player) has accepted the Finance Director role. Welcome men, we’re glad to have your help in guiding our club forward. And last, we are proud to announce Club Secretary and Legal Director Frank Herbst has been voted onto our board of directors. Very deserved Frank!
US OPEN CUP QUALIFYING
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying is less than a month away! After our epic US Open Cup qualifying triumph last fall and our impassioned run to the second round of the tournament proper this spring, we are building a roster to make another significant run in this years edition. Our first qualifying match (winner goes on) will be the weekend of September 22/23 and will be in the Colorado-area. The draw for the first round match will be this upcoming Monday. We’ll get the word out when we know who and where we are playing. The US Open Cup qualifying & tournament matches are our best opportunities to competitively challenge ourselves against elite local and national competition. The tournament is the top competitive goal for semi-pro/elite amateur clubs such as ours. These are the games that the our top leadership plans for year-around. We love to see our community show up in a big way for these massively important matches.
WELCOME TO ALL NEW PLAYERS
A new season is always an exciting time as we welcome new players into our club family. We look forward to getting to know you, involving you as we continue to grow, and supporting you on and off the pitch. Here’s to a great season ahead and don’t hesitate to reach out to me or other leadership members with thoughts, ideas, or otherwise.