Foothills FC going for Playoff Position with critical games in Oregon
For Immediate Release, July 5th - Calgary, AB
In the closest and arguably most competitive division of the USL’s League 2, two of the top four teams face each other with only one guaranteed playoff spot available.
Foothills FC travel to Eugene, Oregon to face Lane United this Friday and Sunday where the playoff projections of four clubs will be affected by the results.
Each team plays 14 games during the regular season. The current standings are as follows entering this weekend’s action.
At the same time on Friday, the Highlanders will host the TSS Rovers. Following on Sunday, they will travel to Seattle to face the Sounders FC U23. Every point and goal earned this week will be incredibly valuable to the results of the division.
“It’s great actually,” says Foothills FC’s Head Coach Leon Hapgood despite coming off the top of the division for the first time since day one of the year. “I don’t mind that it has happened because it gives us a fire in the belly to get that back.”
“Our objective at the beginning of the season was to win the division and with four games to go we still can.”
He’s pleased that the team is still in the hunt despite being almost brand new.
“The boys have been great all season, and we’ve learned things about ourselves, so now it’s about execution.”
Foothills FC get back on the pitch for the first time in two weeks after their split in Victoria. The starting 11 will be missing centreback Euan Bauld with an injury, though a major roster shuffling will not be necessary.
“We are a deep squad and I said at the start of the season we will need every player,” coach Hapgood says. “We can’t rely on the same players. Yacine (Tchemmoun) and Gordon (Hall) were brilliant (at centreback) when we won in Victoria. We have enough quality in the rest of the group to get what we need done.”
These are the first matches between the teams in 2019. Foothills FC is undefeated against Lane United since Thursday June 16, 2016, with two wins and four draws in that period.
Lane United are sitting at 4-1-1 in their last six matches. The USL2 has defined four players from Lane’s squad in their Top 100 U23 players to watch in 2019. They include forward Jordan Lane, midfielders Demar Rose and Mateo Durango, and forward Sergio Diaz Rincon.
Tofa Fakunle, Foothills FC's captain and one of only three returning players from 2018, says Lane United is a great group that his team will have to concentrate on making uncomfortable.
“They are possession oriented and very influenced through their midfield,” he says. “They love to have the ball and press hard. We have to make sure they don’t dictate what happens in the game.”
After this weekend’s action, The Highlanders will arrive for the final matches of the season on July 12 at 7pm and 14 at 2pm at Mount Royal University’s stadium field.
The matches at Lane United will be webcast at this address: https://mycujoo.tv/video/lane-united-fc
Who: Foothills FC
What: Playing for a playoff spot in the tightest division in the league
Where: Ed Hummel Field: Eugene, Oregon
When: Friday at 8pm MT, and Sunday at 3pm MT
Why: To see critical matches between two top teams - Is there a video link
ABOUT FOOTHILLS FC
Foothills FC operates in Calgary and competing in the USL League Two Northwest Conference since 2015. In 2018, Foothills captured the National Championship title of the U23 league. Foothills FC’s mandate is to be a bridge for the future stars 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, Field Safe Solutions, Panther Sports Medicine, Cavalry FC and Strikers Soccer.
ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having USL2 experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.