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.

We are proud; 2018 US Open Cup Edition

As we look forward to our first ever Lamar Hunt US Open Game next week, and further out on the horizon, one thing stands out about our club…we are proud.

We are proud;

  • Of our history. Over 12 years of success, memories, and persistent longevity.
  • Of our grassroots story. From one person, to a team, to multiple teams, to an organized and passionate club. From initial player recruitment in Fall 2005 on Craigslist to years of fighting against practicing on random patchy soccer fields around town, we love to play and support the game.
  • Of our voracious spirit. We love to compete and have shown willingness to put in the work (on-field & organizationally) in order to improve, excel, and achieve.
  • Of our club community. Little matters in this world without the people you get to share it with. Our family of over 100 players is supportive, talented, and fun.We are thrilled to be here! We are hungry to show our fans and the city of the quality of local soccer and the passion of our club. We know Azteca FC will be formidable foe. They have highly talented squad and can often pull some of the best players from not only around Colorado, but also the Southwestern US (El Paso, TX) and even Mexico from what we understand. That said, we will stand and fight. We will be prepared and we will be ready to put everything on the line to earn our first US Open Cup win!

DATE: Wednesday May 9th, 2018
TIME: 7:15PM Kickoff | 6:15PM Gate
LOCATION: North Stadium (Adams 12 5-Star Schools). Address: 12500 Delaware Dr. Westminster, CO 80234 (near I-25 & 120th)
INFO/TICKETS: Tickets are $10 (online & gate). Kids 6 and under free.
Purchase here: https://fcdenver.yapsody.com/event/index/235506/fc-denver-v-azteca-fc-us-open-cup

We hope that you will be there with us to share in this memorable event.