2019 proved to be a tougher year for Kirkland FC than 2018. After achieving a large amount of success in their first year, the second season of play saw the Goats finish 5th in the league standings. This came at a surprise to many people, but owner Trent Siedenburg thinks it shows signs of how the league is growing.
"It was tough finishing 5th after winning the league the season before. In my head, we would achieve closer, if not the same success in 2019. In my mind, we built an even stronger team in year two, so I thought we were a shoe in to win the league," said owner Trent Siedenburg. "That might have played a part in our drop-off. The level of competition grew tremendously from 2018 to 2019 because the level of play the new. Four of the five teams that joined finished above us. To me that shows we as a club did not do enough to make the mental and physical adjustments necessary to compete with new clubs full of talented players and coaches."
Thought it was not where the Goats wanted to finish, there is a positive to take away. Going into the 2020 season, the 11 team league will be split into First and Second Division, creating a Promotion/Relegation system. This would be the first Pro/Rel system at this level of play in the State of Washington. Thankfully for the Goats, they finished in the top six, meaning they would stay in the First Division for the 2020 season.
"The First Division is where we want to be, and we are happy that we were able to achieve that. Now our goal on the field for 2020 is to get back to winning trophies again" explained Elijah Gordon, co-founder of Kirkland FC.
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