Duluth’s First Season Under Sean Morgan Ends, but With Promise

Duluth FC vs. Carpathia FC

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

July 20th, 2021 | Regional Quarter-Final 

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 5-1-0; 4-3-0 at home/on the road

Carpathia: 4-1-0 ; 3-1-2 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott McCarthy, Marthin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Aidan Hill, Dylan Sumner, Caleb Tammi, James Westfield, Sidney Warden, Keegan Chastey

Substitution: Felipe Oliveira, Eric Watson, Alex Pike

Goals:

27’ – Jake Starling (DFC)

38’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)

79’ – Owen Smith (Carp)

82’ – Owen Smith (Carp)

Duluth kicked off Tuesday in hopes of reaching the regional semi finals in a rematch with Minneapolis City. The first half would bring that dream closer to existence with a header from Jake Starling, his first goal of the season and second ever with the club.

The captain’s goal would be added to by Sidney Warden, who ran on to a through ball from Aidan Hill before slotting the ball past the keeper with ease. It would be Warden’s 17th goal of the season. It was 2-0 at half time.

Duluth would have chances to extend the lead in the second half, but Carpathia would come back with a thrilling pair of goals, one a penalty and one a free kick into the top corner, both finished by Carpathia’s Owen Smith. The two goals, coming in the last 15 minutes of regulation time, would come after a considerable period of deadlock between the two sides, with both coming close to scoring on several occasions. It would end 2-2 and both teams would be forced to play 30 minutes of AET.There would, however, be no goals in AET, leading to a penalty shootout. Carpathia would then go on to win 5-4 in the shootout.This would mark the end of Duluth’s 2021 season.

It’s a year that ends short but comes with some wonderful moments, ones that could continue to prove important for years to come. Duluth had a range of players shine this season. Returning players James Westfield, Jake Starling, Aidan Hill, and Liam Condone all shined, often starting throughout the season. The group scored a combined nine goals along the way in addition to strong moments in the midfield and defense. Jake Starling would stand as captain of the side through the year, while Liam Condone would be nominated for the NPSL North Conference XI.

New arrivals like Brendan Dally, Marthin Grzywa, Caleb Tammi, Dylan Sumner, Jacob Daffern, and Keegan Chastey all brought new elements to the table and proved vital as Duluth pushed its way back into the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Sidney Warden proved a sensational edition to the BlueGreens roster, earning the league’s Golden Boot with 16 regular season goals. Warden also assisted six goals and scored an additional playoff goal.

Two players from nearby college the University of Wisconsin Superior, Scott Wilson and Eric Watson, also proved big arrivals for Duluth. The two earned a considerable tally of minutes across the season, with Watson also scoring on several occasions.

The season also marks an exciting start to Head Coach Sean Morgan’s tenure, along with his staff. The former NPSL player has found himself a strong coach in the league and has proven it well in his debut year.

Carpathia move on to face Minneapolis City in the playoffs, while Duluth move into the off season and planning for another year of the beautiful game. We thank every fan that gave us a minute of their time, a dollar of their money, and the word of their support. We go again.

Duluth FC Host Michigan’s Carpathia in NPSL Midwest Quarter-Final

Duluth FC vs. Carpathia FC
Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN
July 20th, 2021 | Regional Quarter-Final

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 5-1-0; 4-2-0 at home/on the road
Carpathia: 4-1-0 ; 2-1-2 at home/on the road

It’s playoff time once again in Duluth as Duluth FC prepare for their third year in the NPSL
playoffs and just second time hosting a match in said tournament. It’s a hosting right earned last
Saturday when the Erie Commodores tied Cleveland SC 0-0, resulting in a beneficial seeding
situation for the BlueGreens.

Duluth FC will be facing a new opponent as they take on Carpathia FC of the Great Lakes
Conference for the first time ever. Carpathia finished second in their conference and will travel to
Duluth as they two battle for a place in the regional semi-finals.

Carpathia are a historied side, with roots dating back to the 1950’s, which are connected to the
historic Carpathia Club which has celebrated German culture and tradition and culture in
Michigan for years. The senior side which plays in the NPSL is the top of a pyramid which
includes a large range of youth sides for both boys and girls. Carpathia are based in the Detroit
suburb of Sterling Heights.

Carpathia, prior to playing in the NPSL, played in the Premier League of America, or PLA, a
short lived amateur league which also at one point featured the NPSL North’s Minneapolis City
SC.

It’ll be Head Coach Sean Morgan’s first time coaching in the NPSL playoffs, though not his first
time appearing in them. The former DFC player is already off to a thunderous start to his
coaching career at the club, making the playoffs in his first season. A win against Carpathia
would give him his tenth win with the club as head coach.

It’s sure to be an exciting evening for the BlueGreens and our supporters. Kick off is set for 7pm
CT at Public Schools Stadium and we hope to see you there.

Duluth FC Secure Playoff Spot for First Time Under Head Coach Sean Morgan

Duluth FC vs. Sioux Falls

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

July 16th, 2021 | Game #12

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 5-1-0; 4-2-0 at home/on the road

Sioux Falls: 1-4-2; 1-3-1 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott McCarthy, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Aidan Hill, Dylan Sumner, Caleb Tammi, James Westfield, Sidney Warden, Keegan Chastey

Substitutes: Gabriel Campora, Kazuyuki Hata, Micheal Devlin, Danny Torres, Eric Watson, Alex Pike

Goals:

16’ – Dylan Sumner (DFC)

19’ – Stevenson Storm (Sioux)

30’ – Stevenson Storm (Sioux)

41’ – Dylan Sumner (DFC)

50’ – Martin Grzywa (DFC)

68’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)

75’ – James Westfield (DFC)

Duluth entered Friday knowing they had to equal or better Med City’s result against Minneapolis City to secure a spot in the playoffs. While Med City eventually lost that game, the BlueGreens didn’t hold back in ensuring they would have a post-season.

It would be an eventful first half as Duluth hosted Sioux Falls in their final home match and regular season match. Dylan Sumner’s first half brace of headers would be equalized by a brace from Stevenson Storm, who impressed with his footwork in the box on several occasions, leaving it 2-2 at half time.Sumner now has four goals this season, making him Duluth’s third-to-top scorer for the season.

A scrappy goal for defender Martin Grzywa, his first of the season, gave Duluth an early second half lead before Warden scored his 16th goal of the season to give Duluth breathing room. Gabriel Campora, playing as a substitute, assisted a 5th goal which was slotted in by James Westfield to cement the lead for Duluth. It’s Westfield’s sixth of the season and 14th with Duluth overall, further cementing his history with the club in his second season up north.

It would end 5-2 to Duluth, securing the club’s spot in the playoffs. Warden now leads the league with 16 goals from 12 games, along with six assists. This leaves the London-native set to take the league’s 2021 Golden Boot, a massive accomplishment for the Mercyhurst man.

Head Coach Sean Morgan named Duluth-native Keegan Chastey as Man of the Match. It’s Chastey’s first nomination of the season and comes after an impressive season from the young player, who only recently graduated high school and took his first steps in collegiate soccer.

Morgan also made some personal history on the night, earning his first birth in the NPSL playoffs as a coach. Morgan did so twice as a player for Duluth FC in 2017 and 2018, winning silverware in both those seasons. Now, as the club’s first player-turned-coach, he has the club headed toward their third ever playoff run.

Goalkeeper Brendan Dally, playing his tenth game for the club, also impressed on the night, stopping several chances for Sioux Falls and frequently winning balls that were far from guaranteed for the South African. It’s been a tough season with its share of challenges, but the BlueGreens’ newest number one has certainly showed he’s a key piece for the side as he prepares to now play in the knock stage of the season. He was helped along by a back line of Starling, McCarthy, Grzywa, and Condone, all of which improved on first half mistakes as Duluth came out strong in the second half to ensure their place on the table.

Duluth FC will play in the playoffs this Tuesday, thought the location and opponent will not be set until later this weekendwhen Cleveland SC faces the Erie Commodores as seeding involves all three conferences in the Midwest region.. Further updates can be expected from Duluth and league social media.