MEET THE PLAYER: Sara Schmidt

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This is the FC Denver Green Army ‘Meet the Player’ series; where we  introduce who we are, where we come from, and why we play.

Sara Schmidt is FC Denver.

Sara is an on-the-field leader for our FC Denver Women’s team. Some leaders organize and motivate verbally at half-time. Others manage team affairs in the leadup to game-day. Sara displays her leadership by the example she sets on the field of play. Sara builds confidence and commitment within the team by the tone she sets in the game. Her commitment and competitiveness have earned her the trust and respect of  her teammates, which is especially noticeable during the most competitive moments of the game. She possesses both the skill to dictate a game and the spirit to make plays happen, which makes her an integral part of the success of our Women’s team. We are a better team and a better club for Sara’s involvement.

I AM: Sara Schmidt
BORN: August 14th
IN: Cincinnati, OH
POSITION: Center Mid
COLLEGE: Xavier University
MY SOCCER STORY: In short, my mom gave me a pair of cleats when I was three and I have been playing ever since.
STARTED WITH FC DENVER: Fall 2011.
MEMORABLE FCD TEAMMATE: It’s hard to pick just one, but I do give major props to G (Gianna) for keeping us organized these last few years.
BEST FCD MEMORY: Vegas… enough said.
SOMETHING ME: I hold the record at my high school for scoring the most goals in a season.
OFF-FIELD HOBBIES: Snowboarding, running marathons, and at live music.
#WHYWEPLAY: There is something about the game that helps me feel balanced, and the friends I have made are incredible.

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MEET THE PLAYER: Nic Wilson

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This is the Green Army ‘Meet the Player’ series; where we  introduce who we are, where we come from, and why we play.

Nic Wilson is FC Denver.

From time to time, a player shows up at tryouts which will go on to have a truly remarkable impact on the progression of our club, and Nic Wilson is one of those players. Nic joined the club relatively recently (last year) and has already tremendous impact on the the success and trajectory of our Masters program. He is a team guy, meaning that in addition to his great on the field play, he is a guy that brings a team together through character, humor, and competitiveness. His teammates respect and enjoy playing with him and it shows. Masters is a better team and we are a better club for having Nic Wilson in our ranks.

I AM: Nicholas Lee Wilson
BORN: January 2, 1982
IN: Naperville, IL
FCD TEAM: Masters
POSITION: Central Midfield
WHERE PLAYED: Chicago Magic (Youth), Creighton University (2000-2003), Chicago Fire Reserves PDL (2001-02), University of Oklahoma Club Team (2004-2006), Errea Tucson FC (2006-2009), VfL 93 Hamburg (2010-2012), FC Denver Masters (2013-current)
CAREER STORIES: Oh I could write a book….I’m pretty sure I’m the least talented player in the history of the American game to win multiple youth Illinois State Cups, be a member of two NCAA Div. I Final Four teams, win the Oklahoma Men’s Open Cup, win 7 Tucson Men’s League championships, train at and play against Bundesliga youth and reserve teams, and save a 119 year old club in Hamburg from relegation to its lowest depths to now to be one of the most successful clubs in Germany’s richest city. I won’t tell you about a 2001 match where I played center back for the Chicago Fire Reserves PDL team against the Milwaukee Rampage (NASL) and Brad Guzan let in 4 goals behind me.
STARTED WITH FCD: 2013 after moving to Denver from Hamburg, Germany after learning about the club from Luke Elbin, who I played high school soccer with
AN FCD TEAMMATE: Kyle Firebaugh, I love playing with a fellow overachiever that has such a passion for the game and ages like fine wine in the twilight of his career
BEST FCD MEMORY: Scoring on a diving header in the Spring 2013 championship match against Rovers to help Masters lift the O-30 D1 title trophy for the first time in club history
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW: I starred as the lead in middle schools musicals, such as Bye Bye Birdie
OFF-FIELD HOBBIES: International travel for work and pleasure (going to Brazil for the World Cup in June!), golf, and working on my new house
#WHYWEPLAY: I’m a competitor and soccer is the greatest sport in this world of ours

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