Fall 2018 News & Notes


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.

PLAYOFFS: 20-4-1

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20-4-1.

PREMIER: 4-2 +5GD
UNITED: 6-0 +33GD (WTF)
MASTERS: 6-0 + 21GD
LEGENDS: 4-2-1 +5GD

Our Fall 2016 FC Denver standings are unbeatable. And one of those losses was to ourselves (Masters v Legends). Literally, nobody is doing what we are doing at the level we’re doing it at.

We don’t win every Open D1 or O30 D1 Championship, but nobody does. What we do, as a 100+ member club, is bring the level of Colorado adult amatuer soccer to a higher level through our focused effort, talent, community, and persistence.

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This season is special. Premier and Masters continue to set the stage for what we can become. Consistently competing for top honors as standard-bearers of FC Denver. And how about about this United squad. While there are a couple of squads in consideration, this has to be the top United squad in the 6 years that a United squad has existed. Undefeated and absolutely dangerous heading into the playoffs. And Legends has taken that next step. From a burgeoning O30 D2 powerhouse, to D1 contender, all within one season. Well played.

Some teams can put together a solid team, for a season or two. Some teams can win championships and then continue to remain relevant. We’re working to put together a championship-level club, from front to back, building season upon season that has the spirit, passion, and character that Denver can be proud of.

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Playoffs await with bigger dreams. Year-long prized goals and championship opportunities. These are our favorite games. When it’s all on the line, our family and friends are around watching, and we have the chance to be memorable. Here we go.

See you at the fields as we continue to build.

Eric Fulton
President
FC Denver