FC DENVER: UNITED v MILE HIGH ARSENAL 5.23.2010

Abdul working defenders
Abdul working defenders

United  Game Review by: Lucas Elbin – Pictures by: Destiny Fernandez

Sorry folks for the delay, your weekly United CASL game wrap up is finally here. Last Sunday FC Denver United took on Mile High Arsenal at Dicks Soccer Park. This match up looked to be an uneven one, as both squads stood at opposite ends of the table going into the match. However, given the history between some of the players on the pitch, and Arsenal’s ability to hang with anyone this season, nothing was guaranteed.

Arsenal came out playing a compact and conservative formation. This caught United off guard a little, as they were prepared for a physical match. United took advantage of Arsenal’s approach by moving the ball patiently around the field, waiting for the right moment to strike. However, after time, United became a little flustered and realized that the only way to break the game open was to begin to take players on one on one in the final third. And that they did.

The first half ended 2-0 and was highlighted by a beautiful diving header by Langston Anthony. Another goal came from Abdul Kareem Mamdu in which he cleaned a ball up nicely in the box and found the back of the net.

Xisco gets some field time
Xisco gets some field time

Things got worse for Arsenal as the game progressed. They were under a steady barrage of shots and crosses. FC Denver would score on four crossed balls on the day. Including a beauty from Brandon Best. Brandon showcased his attacking skills throughout the second half. The game was capped off nicely when goal keeper Cisco Villagrana scored on a header. The final score on Sunday: FC Denver United 6…Mile High Arsenal 0.

Man of the Match: Brandon Best

Played excellent on both sides of the ball all game. He was solid in the back and his wing play opened up the offense in the second half.

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FC DENVER: UNITED v SEFTON 4.25.10

Marco controls the ball under pressure
Marco controls the ball under pressure

United Game Review by: Lucas Elbin – Pictures by: Destiny Fernandez

FC Denver United went into Sunday’s game at Broomfield Commons eager for some competition in the second division of the CASL. After two weeks of domination, Sefton FC looked to be a potentially worthy opponent. However, this was not the case as it became clear about ten minutes prior to game time that Sefton was going to be short players. Just as gametime arrived, so did a few more Sefton players, and FC Denver United had a game to play.

Sefton FC was short handed the entire match. The United squad was eager to be tested, and the dissapointment in match quality seemed to effect the game Sunday. This led to some sloppy and lackadaisical moments around the goal for United. With plenty of opportunities abound, FC Denver did manage to net five goals. Vince Stewart led the way with two excellent goals. His energy and aggressive play stood out in an otherwise lackluster game.

Luke gracefully runs past defender
Luke gracefully runs past defender

This coming Sunday United will be off due to a bye week in the CASL schedule. The season will really get rolling in two weeks when they face Denver University’s club team. DU is undefeated and looked dominant so far this spring. This will be the first test of the season for the talented FC Denver squad.

Man of the Match: Vince Stewart

Scored 2 goals for United. His energy and enthusiasm carried the team.

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