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Foxes falter, fail to make playoffs

July 25, 2011 | 12:49 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

There was only one scenario where the Real Colorado Foxes could fail to make the USL’s Premier Development League playoffs, the team would have to lose to Thunder Bay and Des Moines would have to sweep its final two matches.

The one scenario played out in all its painful details over the weekend.

The Foxes, who tied Thunder Bay on Friday, fell to the Canadian side 5-2 on Saturday. This meant the Des Moines Menace would have to beat Kansas City on Saturday and St. Louis on Sunday.

Des Moines took care of business, drubbing KC 5-1 and slipping past St. Louis 1-0. Des Moines now goes on to play the Michigan Bucks in the USL playoffs.

The Foxes instead get to ponder what might have been. The team led the Heartland Division most of the season, but finished tied for second with the Menace. Des Moines, 12-4-0, 36 points, earned the spot over Real Colorado, 11-2-3, 36 points, on the strength of more wins. The two teams did not meet this season.

So, rather than warming up for the playoffs, the Highlands Ranch side can look back on a good season that just missed out on being great. The team won 11 of 16 matches, advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, scored more goals (49) than any of the other 62 teams in the Premier Development League.

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