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’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!

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.

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.

FC Denver announce launch of U19 Men’s Competitive Team


FC Denver announce launch of U19 Men’s Competitive Team

By Eric Ridgeway Fulton
July 05, 2018

Denver, CO – Semi-pro soccer club FC Denver announced today that it will be adding a U19 Men’s team to its roster of teams effective July 2018. The club is holding player identification sessions & program orientation meeting on July 11th and 12th.

The U19 team will operate as a 19 year old and under Men’s team, focused on developing talented and dynamic high school aged male players. The U19 players will have opportunities to train and compete with FC Denver’s first team, while older first team players will be invited to mentor, train and play with the U19 players. Club General Manager Luke Elbin added, “the addition of a U19 team provides a home for young adult players looking to continue their professional-track development within our club environment. These players will have opportunities to train with and against our top men’s players with an an eye towards promoting players into our top team or onwards onto the collegiate level or other elite playing opportunities.”

With a 13-year track record, the U19 team marks the next evolution in FC Denver’s trajectory. FC Denver’s recent 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualification and advancement into the second round and subsequent hard fought 3-2 loss to USL side Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, the club is investing in the future of soccer in Denver’s core player and supporter footprint.

FC Denver has partnered with experienced youth coaches and advocates to bolster the club’s elite youth soccer knowledge to ensure top player and family support & playing options. The U19 team will support a fall session of consistent and flexible training and friendly opportunities with a focus on building into a full spring season of travel and elite local league play.

The upcoming player identification sessions are limited to 25 players per session. Registration for the identification sessions is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/Kf9BT20XP3T0mX723.

Upcoming FC Denver U19 Dates
Player Identification Sessions – Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/Kf9BT20XP3T0mX723
Session #1: Wednesday July 11 – 8:30pm-10:00pm – Field #1
Session #2: Thursday July 12 – 9:30am-11am – Field #2

Player/Family Orientation (by invitation)
Thursday July 12th – 8:00pm-9:00pm at the mezzanine at Cheluna Brewery at Stanley Marketplace.

About FC Denver
FC Denver is a non-profit 501c3 founded in winter 2005/06 to offer committed soccer players an organized and passionate team to play for in the Denver Metropolitan area. Now, 13 years later with multiple State Cup championships and top Colorado league titles to its name, FC Denver is an established and elite club with multiple teams focused on community, organization, and excellence.

To learn more about the club and plans for the team, please visit our website at www.fcdenver.org or contact us at:

Eric Ridgeway Fulton, Club President