Denver Soccer Blog

WE DID IT! Now we need your help!

Please donate to our Open Cup Travel Fund at:

Today, we kickoff our ‘6 Weeks to 6K’ Fundraising Campaign. We hope you will consider donating to our Open Cup travel expenses fund. You can donate here: DONATE or if you have other questions or comments, you can fill out our community contact form here: CONTACT.

Our story:
After 11 years of toiling away in lower division obscurity (Helpful Guide; ‘Toiling Away’ = having fun and making memories – ‘Lower Division Obscurity’ = winning a whole bunch against strong Colorado amateur competition), we qualified for the 2018 US Open Cup this past fall. All jokes aside, it takes a ton of volunteer energy, commitment, and moxie to do this. With no big money backers or youth club propelling us, it’s been all grit and an undying love for the players and the game that have carried us to this point.

WE DID IT! We qualified the biggest tournament possible for an American amateur soccer team. But… Now what?

We didn’t get this far to simply add 2018 Open Cup qualification as a notch in our achievement roll call. No, we got here because of our desire to be the best we can be and to represent ourselves, our club, and our city, at the highest level possible. That’s been our founding mission since day one. To fulfill this and to be properly prepared for this opportunity, we need to ‘up’ our competitive training and acquire funding to support our upcoming Open Cup travel expenses (not cheap).

We’ve been taking the competition part of the equation with our off-season winter training, futsal sessions, and multiple upcoming friendlies planned against collegiate (Metro) and pro teams (St Louis FC). It’s the financial aspect where we need your help. We run a pretty tight financial operation because we believe wholeheartedly in sustainability. And since we fund over two-thirds of all of our sporting endeavors ourselves through player dues (remainder is through sponsorships), we knew we needed help from our community to make this happen.

We are currently are planning expenditures for the first three rounds of Open Cup. It’s a single-elimination tournament, so no promises we any get further than Round 1 (we won’t be favored to do so), but we’ve got our sights set high. We estimate $6,000 of expenses per round (out-of-state matches can be anywhere from $4500-$10,000 in travel and lodging expenditures depending on where we are drawn to play (we wont know where we are drawn to play until April)).

The players are chipping in to cover the costs of at least one round of travel. Over three rounds, we expect to have one Colorado opponent (the two possible candidates being our Colorado Premier League brethren Azteca FC or USL-side Colorado Springs Switchbacks), so that match will be very affordable comparably. This means, we are looking to raise the final $6,000 to complete our goal. We’re working all the angles with fundraisers and business sponsorships to help us fulfill this final amount, but we realize that a good portion of this final $6K will come through individual donors like you believing in what we are doing.

So whether you can help with a small or large donation, we hope you will donate to help our hard-working group of soccer players continue to represent us at the highest level possible. And THANK YOU!

DONATE – Takes you to donation page on our website (
CONTACT – Takes you to community contact form on our website.

FC Denver is a registered 501c3 non-profit so your donation is tax-deductible. Please contact us if you would like a donation receipt.



In what has the hallmarks of a truly memorable battle, we, FC Denver, 2nd place finalist in Colorado Premier League Fall Season, will battle Indios Denver FC, current 2nd place side in the UPSL Colorado Division, this Saturday with EVERYTHING on the line.

And by everything, we mean the winner will qualify for the US Open Cup, the grandest soccer tournament in our nation. A tournament where amatuer teams, like ours, get the opportunity to play against fellow amatuer, semi-pro, and full professional teams across the entire nation. It’s a remarkable achievement for any amatuer team and just the opportunity to face off against the top competition, pro and amatuer, in the nation is the stuff of dreams.

This match is the third and final round of qualifying. In our first round, we beat GAM United 3-0 in September. Last month, in round two, we beat Fort Collins United 1-0. And here’s we are on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 Edition of the US Open Cup, which begins in May 2018. One more win and we’re in. Indios has a similar task after two Open Cup qualifying wins of their own.

These two teams have played each other in previous years and competitions (including a 3-1 FC Denver win at the Colorado State Cup this Summer), but FC Denver is well aware this is not the same Indios Team they have played previously. Up until this past weekend, Indios were undefeated through 7 weeks of UPSL CO division play and had the top spot in the division until FC Boulder overtook that spot this past weekend. Indios’ attack is what has seen the most marked improvement this season as their goals per game average and score lines reflect. Their games are often multiple goal affairs.

Contrast this to FC Denver’s notoriously stingy defense, which hasn’t allowed a goal in either of the previous Open Cup Qualifying matches, and only let in 10 goals during the entire 9 game CPL season. Something’s got to give as an attack-minded Indios team faces off against a defensive powerhouse FC Denver team.

FC Denver has been organizing and promoting elite amatuer soccer, here in Denver, for almost 12 years and we are hungry to make this our time. Our time to make the national stage. Our time to show fans and soccer supporters in our city and across the nation the pride we have have in our club and our city. It’s our time to qualify for the US Open Cup.

We hold no misconceptions about this being a simple task, as we realize that Indios will be our toughest Open Cup Qualifying competition yet and will be hungry to leave their own mark, but we are focused on ourselves, our team, and we believe it’s our time. We’re focused on Saturday to prove this to our fans and city.

2018 US OPEN CUP 3rd/Final Round Qualifying Match
*FC Denver vs Indios Denver FC*
Saturday November 18th – Gate: 1:30pm | Kickoff: 2:30pm
Aurora Sports Park Turf Field #4 (19300 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80011).
Free Entry. Bring chairs/seats for viewing.

Only one team will go on. Be there Saturday to witness history.

Unable to attend? Watch the livestream of the match online at: