Surpassing outsider expectations, Duluth FC entered their first year in the NPSL North Division with a bang. Achieving eight wins, four draws, and only two losses, the BlueGreens topped their division and recorded massive wins along the way, from an 8-1 riot against LC Aris FC to an 9-2 thriller with Sioux Falls Thunder. Under the leadership of Head Coach Kyle Bakas, the club scored 42 goals and conceding 18 in the regular season, achieving a whopping 24 goal difference. At the end of the season Duluth FC had managed to grab 13 points at home and 15 on the road, finding itself 18th out of 96 in NPSL’s official Power Ranking chart. Needless to say, the regular season wasn’t perfect, but there was plenty to love.
Together with the entire American soccer fan-base, Duluth FC also laments that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place without the participation of our men’s national team. It is truly heartbreaking for all players, coaches, administrators and supporters.
We feel strongly that neither the loss of the match away at Trinidad and Tobago nor the failure of the men’s national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup are the actual problem. These two are simply the gravest symptoms of a much greater issue. Many stakeholders have identified problems in the functionality of soccer structures in our country, but for many years they have been ignored.
Beloved BlueGreens Brethren,
It is a joy to see you congregate around this message about the opening match of Duluth FC’s inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League. Our humble club has only competed for two seasons since its founding but it has climbed up the ladder of the beautiful game in our country with great success. We are thankful for all the accomplishments thus far, but we are also mindful of the need to continue our improvement.