Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills Football Club (CFFC) is a Canadian soccer club based in Calgary, Alberta, that competes in USL League Two (USL2). The club was founded as a youth club in 1972 and joined as a USL2 franchise in 2015. The team plays its home games at the Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks.[1][2][3] The team colours are green and white.[4]

Calgary Foothills
Full nameCalgary Foothills Football Club
Founded1972 (1972)
StadiumFoothills Composite High School
Head coachLeon Hapgood
LeagueUSL League Two
20191st, Northwest Division
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
WebsiteClub website

History

Calgary had previously hosted the Calgary Storm of USL2 (then known as Premier Development League) during the 2001 season.[5] Calgary Foothills FC launched in 2014 as they played a series of exhibition games against Vancouver Whitecaps U 23's,[6] FC Edmonton Reserves,[7] and local university clubs.

The club's inaugural game was played on May 17, 2015 against Puget Sound Gunners FC, winning 2–1.[8][9] The club finished 4th in the Northwest Division in 2015 with a 3–2–7 record, ultimately missing the playoffs.

In the 2016 season, Calgary Foothills won the Northwest Division with an 8–3–3 record, despite only 4% of supporters predicting the club would win the division. In the playoffs, Calgary Foothills would defeat Seattle Sounders U-23, FC Golden State Force, and FC Tucson to win the Western Conference.[10][11] Calgary Foothills would later defeat Ocean City Nor'easters in the semifinals to advance to the 2016 final against Michigan Bucks.[12][13] Calgary would lose the final 3–2 on a controversial penalty decision in the 86th minute.[14]

In the 2017 season, despite losing key players Elijah Adekugbe and Dominic Russo to injury, Calgary Foothills would improve on their point total from the season before, finishing second in the Northwest Division on goal differential to Portland Timbers U-23. The club would lose to Portland in the Northwest Division play-in game.[15] Off the pitch, the club would open an $11 million dollar indoor training facility, the first of its kind in Western Canada.[16]

After playing in three stadiums in three years, and struggling to find a venue that met league standards in Calgary, the club would move 20 km south to the town of Okotoks for the 2018 season to play at Foothills Composite High School stadium.[17][18] Prior to the start of the season, the club made headlines when Canadian national women's team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé would try out for the USL2 squad.[19][20] The club would have their best season to date during 2018, only losing once in 14 games, and would become Western Conference champions after defeating Colorado Rapids U-23 and FC Tucson.[21] Foothills would advance to the league final for the second time in three seasons after defeating Chicago FC United,[22] and would win the 2018 Championship 4–2 after extra time, over Reading United AC.[23]

Supporters' groups

The Foot Soldiers were founded in February 2015 with the intention of bringing a passionate atmosphere to Calgary Foothills FC games.[24]

Players and staff

As of May 18, 2019[25]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ben Jackson  England
2 Defender Danny Pritchard  England
3 Defender Blake Fenton  Canada
4 Defender Euan Bauld  Scotland
5 Midfielder Gordon Hall  Canada
6 Midfielder Dan Hayfield  England
7 Forward Cory Bent  England
8 Midfielder Marcus Campanile  Scotland
9 Forward William Akio  Canada
10 Midfielder Domenic Poletto  Canada
11 Forward Tofa Fakunle  Canada
13 Goalkeeper Liam Collens  Canada
15 Defender Daniel Kaiser  Canada
16 Midfielder Francesco Bartolillo  Canada
20 Defender Yusuph Kalenga  Canada
21 Midfielder Drake Rendle  Canada
23 Defender Daniel Harrison  Canada

Staff

  • Tommy Wheeldon Jr.Head Coach
  • Martin NashAssistant Coach
  • Brian McDonnellGoalkeeping Coach
  • Shari MacDonaldAthletic Therapist
  • Rob Jenkins – Team Manager

Notable former players

USL2 Squad

Foothills Academy


Canadian National Women's team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé had a tryout with the team in preparation for the 2018 season, posting a shutout against the Lethbridge Pronghorns men's soccer team.[26]

Club records

Most appearances

League and playoffs

# Pos. Name Nation Career League Playoffs Total
1 Forward Tofa Fakunle  Canada 2015– 51 9 60
2 Defender Dean Northover  Canada 2015–2018 49 9 58
3 Midfielder Nico Pasquotti  Canada 2016–2018 38 10 48
4 Midfielder Elijah Adekugbe  Canada 2015–2018 38 8 46
5 Defender Dominick Zator  Canada 2015–2018 36 9 45
6 Forward Ajeej Sarkaria  Canada 2016–2018 33 9 42
7 Midfielder Kyle Jones  Canada 2016–2018 35 5 40
8 Forward Dominic Russo  Canada 2015–2017 31 6 37
9 Goalkeeper William Akio  Canada 2017– 29 6 35
10 Defender Jonathan Wheeldon  England 2015–2018 28 6 34

Bolded players are currently on the Calgary Foothills roster.

As of July 22, 2019

Top goalscorers

League and playoffs

# Pos. Name Nation Career League Playoffs Total
1 Forward Dominic Russo  Canada 2015–2017 11 4 15
2 Forward William Akio  Canada 2017– 13 1 14
3 Forward Ali Musse  Canada 2017–2018 7 5 12
4 Forward Moses Danto  Canada 2018– 11 0 11
5 Forward Tofa Fakunle  Canada 2016– 8 2 10
6 Midfielder Kyle Jones  Canada 2016–2018 7 1 8
7 Midfielder Nico Pasquotti  Canada 2016–2018 4 3 7
8 Midfielder Elijah Adekugbe  Canada 2015–2018 6 0 6
Forward Ajeej Sarkaria  Canada 2016–2018 4 2 6
10 Midfielder Aribim Pepple  Canada 2019 3 1 4

Bolded players are currently on the Calgary Foothills roster.

As of July 22, 2019

Record

Year-by-year

As of July 22, 2019 [27]

Season GP Record GF GA Pts Regular season Playoffs
2015 12 3–2–7 15 16 16 4th, Northwest Did not qualify
2016 14 8–3–3 22 12 27 1st, Northwest Championship Final
2017 14 8–2–4 27 19 28 2nd, Northwest NW Division Final
2018 14 11–1–2 30 7 35 1st, Northwest PDL Champions
2019 14 9-3-2 25 15 29 1st, Northwest Conference Semifinals

Honours

  • USL League Two
    • Champions: 2018
    • Western Conference Champions: 2016, 2018
    • Northwest Division Champions: 2016, 2018

Player honours

Year Pos Player Country Honour
2016 F Dominic Russo  CAN All-League Team
All-Western Conference Team
2018 GK Marco Carducci  CAN Goalkeeper of the Year
All-League Team
All-Western Conference Team
2018 F Moses Danto  CAN All-League Team
All-Western Conference Team
2018 M Elijah Adekugbe  CAN All-Western Conference Team
2018 M Nico Pasquotti  CAN All-Western Conference Team
2018 D Dominick Zator  CAN All-Western Conference Team

References

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  2. MacKinnon, Jeff (December 4, 2014). "Foothills join upper level soccer league; USL development loop welcomes Calgary squad beginning in 2015. The teams jersey sponsor is Celtic Power Canada". Calgary Herald. p. B14.
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  7. MacKinnon, Jeff (April 18, 2014). "New U23 franchise to kick off exhibition season". Calgary Herald. p. D2.
  8. MacKinnon, Jeff (April 26, 2015). "Foothills FC cites fitness concerns in exhibition loss to Edmonton". Calgary Herald. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  9. MacKinnon, Jeff (May 17, 2015). "Foothills FC clinch home opener 2-1 over Gunners". Calgary Herald. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  10. David Bell (July 28, 2016). "Calgary soccer underdogs defy odds, score their way to semifinals". CBC.
  11. Rita Mingo (July 24, 2016). "Foothills FC crowned PDL Western champions". Calgary Herald.
  12. Daniel Austin (July 30, 2016). "Foothills FC beats Ocean City Nor'easters, advances to PDL championship". Calgary Herald.
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  14. Danny Austin. "Foothills FC falls just short in PDL final". Calgary Herald.
  15. Daniel Austin (July 22, 2017). "Calgary's Foothills FC developing into premier soccer franchise". Calgary Herald.
  16. Bill Kaufmann (June 16, 2017). "Foothills set to open massive indoor soccer field house in southeast Calgary". Calgary Herald.
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  19. Danny Austin (March 13, 2018). "Canadian women's national team keeper Stephanie Labbé joins Foothills FC". Calgary Sun.
  20. Kevin Smith (March 19, 2018). "Team Canada women's soccer goalkeeper looks to make Calgary FC men's squad". Global News.
  21. Daniel Austin (July 28, 2018). "Foothills FC aims to keep the fairytale alive". Calgary Sun.
  22. Paul Kennedy (July 29, 2018). "PDL: Roberts and Musse lead Reading United and Calgary Foothills FC into final". Soccer America Daily.
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  24. "Foot Soldiers - Who Are We". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
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