FC Denver goes to Vegas!

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What a weekend!

We didn’t have all of our Premier players at our disposal. We lost 4 players to injury-related concerns in the final week before heading to the tournament. And none of that mattered. We went out to Las Vegas for the 2016 Silver Mug Tournament and fought hard, created memories, and represented ourselves and our city in the highest manner possible.

We won three games, lost one, and finished second in round robin group play. Since the tournament is set up to only allow group winners to advance, we missed out on qualifying for the Quarterfinal round (previous editions of the Silver Mug had a round of 16 knockout round).

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The first game of the tournament was a wide open affair with box to box action. Game 2 was a tightly contested midfield battle decided in the final five minutes with the opposition finding a late winner. Game three was similarly tight and hectic battle which we won by forfeit. Game four was where we put everything together that we learned all weekend. Albeit the other team looked exhausted, we kept the ball on the floor, moved it quickly, changed the point of attack frequently and rapidly, didn’t cede possession easily, and finished in and around the box. It was a rewarding end to the tournament.

Off the field, we were responsible enough to handle the rigors of Vegas while at the same time enjoying ourselves and created memories and bonds in the process. It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of spending personal time with teammates in tournaments such as these. You get to get to know each other as people and create shared memories together. In an tournament as intense and rife with potential pitfalls (tight living quarters, multiple games on quick turnarounds, the trip’s financial burden, and the top level of competition), we showed our character by building a meaningful weekend together. The bonds we’ve created will make us stronger going forward.

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We’ve got much to play for in the days and weeks ahead including the Spring League Championship, State Cup, Fall, and US Open Cup Qualifying. And our recent trip to Vegas has created a springboard of experience and momentum for the challenges ahead.

2013/14 USSSA NATIONALS RECAP

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We had a terrific experience at the USSSA National Cup in Overland Park, Kansas this past weekend. Here’s the recap of our results:

Friday Night Game #1 vs Performance Sports (KC)
3-0 win. Team was clicking and game was fun.

Saturday Morning Game #2 vs Azteca Mojo’s (DEN)
Tied 0-0. Game was frustrating as we felt we should have been able to win.

Saturday Afternoon Game #3 vs KC Athletics (KC)
Tied 0-0. They came out strong, we found a rhythm as game progressed and neither team wanted to overly-commit with both teams already qualified for the Semi’s the next day.

Semifinal this morning vs Colorado Rovers (DEN)
Lost 1-0. Snowy, windy, and sub-30 degrees. Epic weather for soccer on a clumpy turf field. We played great, winning 60+% of the midfield balls in a game that was essentially a battle for field position. Limited scoring opportunities for either team. They earned a PK on a cross in the box midway through second half and they converted it. We received a questionable red card right after the resulting kickoff about a minute later, and that was the game.

Rovers went on to win the final (on a goal in OT) vs KC Athletics and will play in the US Open Cup later this year. We congratulate Rovers on winning the National Cup for our state and league. We look ahead to defending our Colorado State Cup championship this summer, which serves as qualification for the 2014 USSSA National Cup this Fall.

We are proud of our performance and continue to move forward to create FC Denver.

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