Foothills FC wins its first official game 2-1
After years of hard work getting Calgary Foothills F.C. to a professional level, the club hosted its inaugural Premier Development League (PDL) game on Sunday, May 17, against the Puget Sound Gunners F.C.
Everything came together at Hellard Field, from fans to the weather and even the score; the first game was a success for Calgary’s first professional soccer team in over a decade.
Technical Director and Head Coach of Foothills F.C., Tommy Wheeldon Jr., was happy with his team’s performance on the day.
“We showed a lot of character.
“It settled our nerves to score two at home, and I think we could have scored a bunch more.”
The Foothills F.C. survived a late scare as the Gunners, Renan Trocolli scored in the 81 minute to close the gap to just one.
The day started off with a fan march from Edworthy Park to the field, which many young fans took part in.
There are over 2,500 players in the club that promotes grassroots soccer in Calgary.
The head coach was optimistic about the crowd at todays home opener.
“The turnout was fantastic, especially on a long weekend.”
Three points was really important for the club with it only being a 12 game season.
Wheeldon Jr. acknowledged that his star player, Dominic Russo’s, didn’t play up to his potential today, but luckily the other players filled in.
Darius Ramsay, who scored Calgary’s first ever PDL regular season goal was happy to help where he could.
“It’s a new season, and I’m just trying to show my talent.”
Ramsay was happy with his team’s first half, but thought the team was lacking in the second.
The fan turnout really surprised Ramsay, who can’t wait to return home for the next game on June 2, against the Portland Timbers.
“It was a good game, not a great game,” Wheeldon Jr. said.
The most exciting part, according to the coach, was that the young players who he has watched grow, played an important part.
“We’ve given ourselves a platform to build on.”
The Foothills F.C. play their next game on Friday, May 22, against the Kitsap Pumas.