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Foxes facing DV8 squad at home in cup

June 13, 2011 | 2:08 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Real Colorado Foxes will have to work out any kinks from Friday and Saturday games in Winnipeg on the field in the next 24 hours as the team readies to face the DV8 Defenders in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Foxes earned a spot in the nation’s oldest soccer tournament by winning the first four games of the club’s Premier Development League season. Now the Heartland Division leaders, with a 7-0-1 record, take to the turf at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch against the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association side from the San Francisco Bay area.

The DV8 Defenders earned a spot in the tournament by winning the USASA Region IV title at a tournament in Sacramento, Calif. This is the first time either the Foxes or the Defenders have qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The winner on Tuesday will travel to either Bremerton, Wash., or El Paso, Texas, for a June 21 second round game. They will face the winner of a showdown between two Premier Development League sides, the Kitsap Pumas and the Chivas El Paso Patriots.

Watching Foxes: Scoring has come from surprising locations for the Foxes. Through the first eight games, defender Julian Donaldson leads the team with five goals and one assist. Following him is midfielder Kyle Christensen with four goals and two assists, and midfielder Drew Beckie with four goals and one assist. Taylor Kemp, another defender, has chipped in three goals and two assists to round out the scoring leaders.

Iron Man: Donaldson also leads the team in minutes played (693 out of 720 this season) and shots on goal with 16.

The Assistant: Midfielder Joseph Madigan picked up a pair of assists on Saturday and leads the team in that category with four. Madigan has also scored once this season.

Last Line: All three goalkeepers on the roster have seen time on the field in the first eight games. Miguel Rosales has played the most minutes, 360, and leads the team with a 1.25 goals against average. Johnathan Foley has spent 315 minutes at goal and recorded a 1.428 goals against average. Roberto Perez has logged 45 minutes at ‘keeper and surrendered a lone goal.

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