FC Denver Hosts Harpo's FC - 2019 US Open Cup Rd 2 Qualifier

First, the Match Details:
2019 US Open Cup Round 2 Qualifier
FC Denver vs Harpo’s FC
Sunday October 21, 2018 | 1:30pm Kickoff
Aurora Sports Park Field #4 – 19300 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, CO 80011
Free Entry

Now, the Match Story:
FC Denver’s Order of Operations – AKA: Premier Team Match Prioritization (Unscientific)
• Open Cup Matches
• Open Cup Qualification Matches
• League or Tournament Championship Matches
• Matches Vs Harpo’s FC
• Other Playoff Matches
• Friendly matches vs elite competition (USL, Collegiate D1)
• All other matches

As you can see, there is only one named opposition in our list. When we started this club, we modeled a fair amount of our club on the elite local club at that time, Colorado Sporting. And as we rose up the competitive ranks (and began to learn more about them), they became an obvious rival. After seeing us surpass them competitively, they had a precipitous fall from competitiveness (lower division club longevity is tough to come by), and they stopped being an elite competitive rival, and within a few seasons they were entirely gone from the Colorado soccer scene. Right around that time, an upstart team (at least to us) from Boulder named Harpo’s hit the scene. They were competitive right away when they joined our league (what is now the Colorado Premier League). Our squads have been the top 2-3 teams in the state of Colorado soccer over the past 5 years. For example, during the last three years, our teams are the only still-active lower division Colorado clubs to qualify for the US Open Cup.

Evan Kiesow