What. A. Year.
2019 was a breakout season for FC Davis.
In a short period of time the club went from NPSL newbie to runaway conference champions.
Hosted our towns first playoff game.
And continued building upon the foundation of our local soccer community.
On the field, we accomplished all the goals we set forth for 2019 (maybe a bonus with US Open Cup).
Off the field we took a massive step in the right direction by changing our venue to a more intimate environment.
It was a jam packed season that went by all too fast!
In case you missed out, below are the highlights of our magical season.
Lets dive in...
America! We’ve Got A Soccer Problem!
The 2019 season launched with an editorial that outlined the massive problems with soccer in America.
Most of these issues are so complex that people give up trying to put the puzzle pieces together almost immediately.
Lucky for you, I simplified everything.
In a nut-shell, the game in our country got hijacked and exploited for profit (shocker I know). This was done at the expense of you, the soccer player, coach, fan, and enthusiast.
How much money is being extracted?
Big, big bucks.
Should you be upset?
Find out for yourself.
They are must reads for anyone that is involved in soccer or has a kid playing the game!
Hey! Let's Find A New Home!
After surveying fans, the overwhelming want was a smaller more intimate venue.
While we were drawing crowds of over 1.4k people, the vibe was never right with such a big space to fill.
To answer fans wishes, we moved locations to Playfields in Davis.
We pack Playfields and had some thrilling nights on pitch! Maybe no better then Lizandro Torres’ late game winner against SF:
The players always noted the amazing vibe and with more additions on the way for 2020, our game day experience will continue to improve.
A special thank to Michael Cirelli and Sonia Chavez from the City of Davis who were awesome all year long!
High School All-Area Squad
This year we released our inaugural High School All-Area Team that featured players from Davis, Dixon, Woodland and Winters.
Included in our High School awards is a program called NEXT which brings in the top two high school players in our area to train.
Next selections for 2019 were Gerardo Perez-Plata from Pioneer High School and Carsen Quick from Davis High School.
This fall Perez-Plata will be attending Folsom Lake College while Quick will be headed to Cal Poly.
Next year, we look forward to inviting in another set of players to join the team.
FC Davis will be out watching high school games! Be sharp kids!
When 60 players from 27 different towns show up compete against each other for roster spots, you know you’re onto something special.
FC Davis 2019 Open Tryouts sold out and attracted everyone from high school standouts to former pros.
For two days, 18 - 32 year old players battled it out on the pitch and showcased their skills.
At the conclusion of tryouts, the top 16 players were selected to play in a Starting XI trial game.
After the Starting XI game, final selections were made for players to join the team.
Tryouts for our 2020 team will once again take place in February as we look to engage with more of our local community players!
Runaway Conference Champs
On paper, FC Davis had one of the most talented line-ups in the conference.
While everyone was confident going into 2019, no one could have anticipated what took place over the course of the regular season.
The Lions ripped through conference opponents, going 8-1-2 while scoring 34 goals and only giving up 18.