NW Division Champion Foothills FC riding a 6 game winning streak is set to conclude their best ever Regular Season with a Top of the Table Clash at home vs the Seattle Sounders U23

Calgary, Alberta – After clinching its second NW Division Championship in three years during their bye week, Foothills FC celebrated with back to back victories in Oregon over the weekend vs Lane United and the Portland Timbers U23.  Now they hope to bring the celebration home in their regular season finale against the Seattle Sounders U23 this Saturday afternoon in Okotoks.

Saturdays match is certain to be an entertaining one as it pits the two top teams in the Northwest Division along with the divisions two top scorers in Moses Danto (Foothills FC, 9 goals) and Santiago Patino (Sounders U23, 8 goals).  Foothills FC also possesses the Conferences top keeper in Marco Carducci allowing only 5 goals in 10 matches on the season including 6 clean sheets, while the Sounders have a young star keeper of their own, Marvin Kasim, who has taken over the starting role in net and is undefeated in his last three starts allowing only one goal in those three matches.    

After beginning the season slowly with only 1 win in their first 6 matches, the Sounders U23 team have won their last 3 matches in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 9 – 1 during the streak and are undefeated since their last meeting with Foothills on June 13th.  Their current form has moved the squad into second place in the NW Division and in a battle for the last remained Western Conference wildcard playoff spot.  A win on Saturday in the regular season finale is a must to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Foothills FC has been on a bit of a streak of their own and hope to continue their success as they prepare for the playoffs.  The team has won its last 6 games by a combined score of 18 – 3 and is undefeated in its last 8 games. Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is confident the group is on the right track, “They've got the championship winning spirit because they're playing with a purpose, but what's pleasing is that we are finding different ways to win games which is something you need if you want to go all the way.

Saturdays match will be the Seattle Sounders U23’s only trip to Calgary this season, however it is the third meeting between the two teams with Foothills taking the first two in convincing fashion in Seattle.  The Sounders have been a different team since their last match with Foothills and will be eager to clinch a playoff spot on the road.  Coach Wheeldon has different ideas, “We are excited to come home and will focus on our final game of this season against a very good, in form Seattle Sounders U23 team.  We want to finish off the regular season with another great performance in front of our home crowd."

The team is inviting everyone to help celebrate the 2018 NW Division Championship on Saturday with the Foothills FC players and coaches!! As a thank you for your support and attendance the team is offering:

·      Free attendance to all youth accompanied by an adult

·      A Free Hot Dog and Pop to all supporters who attend the match

·      $500 Travel Voucher Giveaway to a lucky fan at halftime

·      Celebrating the 2018 Northwest Division Championship with the team after the Match

Tickets are available online at www.foothillsfc.ca or at the gate.   Be sure to check the highest level of men’s soccer in Alberta in 2018 while enjoying the experience including food trucks, beer gardens, music, half time entertainment, kids zone, and much more.  

When:              Saturday, July 14rd: 2:00p.m. kick-off (Gates open at 1:00 p.m.)

Where:            Foothills Composite High School

                        229 Woodhaven Drive, Okotoks AB

PDL PLAYOFFS EXPLAINED:

As NW Division Champion, Foothills FC has qualified for one of 4 playoff spots in the Western Conference with each Division winner earning their place, along with the team with the next best record in the three divisions. The four teams will compete in a Conference Final Four during the weekend of July 20-22 with the location yet to be determined by the league.  The winner of the weekend will be crowned Western Conference Champion and will play in the PDL Semi-Final the following weekend on July 28th with the PDL Final taking place on August 4th.  The Semi-Final and Final will be hosted by the higher ranking team.  Joining Foothills FC in the Western Conference Playoffs are Southwest Division Champion FC Golden State Force and the Mountain Division Champion Colorado Rapids U23 with the final spot still undetermined.       

ABOUT FOOTHILLS FC

Foothills FC has been operating in Calgary and competing in the Premier Development League, competing in the Northwest Conference since 2015.  In 2016, Foothills FC was crowned Western Conference Champion and National Runner-up. Foothills FC’s mandate is to be a bridge for the future starts of the game to develop and succeed in Canada while providing our fans with a premier sporting experience. Foothills FC would like to thank all its sponsors including our jersey and game day sponsors: Telus, PetroTranz, Rogers Insurance, Secure Energy, and Strikers Soccer

ABOUT PDL

The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the PDL features 74 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada in 2018, including 18 teams affiliated with USL PRO or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience.

Rob Jenkins