2019 comes to a close today and like most people do, I thought it would be good idea to look at how 2019 went for Kirkland FC. There were plenty of ups and downs and there are plenty of opportunities for growth moving forward. Here are some of the highlights of 2019...
February 27th - 2019 Season Tryouts:
48 players showed up to tryouts! This was an increase from year one with 23 players. We appreciated everyone who came out, and we can't wait to see everyone again!
March 3rd - Friendly vs Nido Aguila:
March 3rd was historic for multiple reasons. It was the first action of the season for the Goats and there was an instant rivalry created between the two clubs (Kirkland FC and Nido would play each other 3 more times this season). Nido Aguila had been accepted into the league in the off season and they immediately boosted the level of play and professionalism in the league.
Nido Aguila before the season started had created a partnership with Club America of Liga MX in Mexico. Their working partnership brought multiple representatives from Mexico to the first game in Nido Aguila history! The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but had plenty of action. The atmosphere was fantastic with over 300 people in attendance, including Club America's official supporters group based in Portland.
March 16th, Friendly vs Seattle Stars:
We took on Seattle Stars at home, and won 1-0 on a Kieren Raney goal. This was our first win of the season.
March 29th -31st, Eddie Craggs Memorial Tournament:
Kirkland FC entered the Eddie Craggs Memorial Cup based out of Starfire. The tournament is a preseason tournament for adult amateur clubs, and it was the our first time participating in the tournament. We finished the tournament with a record of one win, one draw, and two losses. The first loss against Nido Aguila on the 29th was the first lost in any competition in club history. We also played the Seattle Stars, Oly Town Artesians of the EPLWA, and the Navy men's club based out of Everett.
April 27th, First Home vs Harbor Force:
We won our first league game of the season, beating Harbor Force 10-0 at home.
Month of May:
We finished the month of May with two wins out of two, beating ISC Gunners away 5-0 and Lacey FC away 1-0.
Month of June:
Kirkland FC lost their first WWPL game in their history, losing to Federal Way at home.
We turned around the next day and played Washington Premier of the EPLWA in the Quarterfinals of the Washington Super Cup competition. It was a thriller, finishing 3-2 in favor of the Goats.
We rounded out the month with draws against eventual champions Snohomish Steelheads and Grays Harbor Gulls, a win vs BeSea and a loss to Crossfire.
Month of July:
Kirkland FC lost in the semi final of the Super Cup away to Nido Aguila by a score of 2-1. Nido went on to win the first Super Cup in history.
We then went on to play Tacoma Narrows away, collecting a win in an incredible game finishing 4-3.
In the final game of the season, we lost to Nido Aguila at home 2-0.
We finished the WWPL season with a record of 5-2-3, placing us in 5th of 11 teams which kept us in the top division of the 2019 season!
We finished the season with an overall record of 8-4-5. In some aspects, this was a down season for us, especially comparing this record to 2018's record. However, a take away is the league did improve, and that is a call for us to improve in 2020. There is plenty of room to grow in 2020 and we cannot wait to get this new season underway!
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Have a Happy New Year!
Author: Trent Siedenburg, Owner Kirkland FC