Our friends from the Boston Strikers are once again hosting their annual Columbus Day weekend tournament at Provincetown. Registration is done as an individual just like our Rehoboth Beach event or the Philadelphia Liberty Bell tournament. In fact, Boston pioneered this format. Registration cost is $85 before September 15 and $100 thereafter. We’ve had folks go up there before and they always report having a great time. Some people have already expressed an interest in going on our Facebook group.
If you are interested in playing on one of our league teams this Fall season please join us at the preseason scrimmages. Both will take place on Sunday, August 24. The women will meet at Virginia Highlands in Pentagon City (Arlington) from 10AM to noon. The men will meet at Washington-Lee High School stadium in Ballston (Arlington) from noon to 2PM. Please arrive promptly so we can maximize our time. Bring a white shirt and a dark shirt. Both fields are close to Metro or parking is available nearby as well.
Our 3rd annual Summer of Freedom Fan Night and Drag Soccer Extravaganza took place on Tuesday, August 5. In conjunction with the celebration we also held a silent auction to benefit our players headed to Gay Games 9 next week. The auction raised about $1500.
Thanks to all of the Kings and Queens who took part in the match. Thanks to Terry Yaki and Adrienne Morris who handled the play-by-play banter. Thanks to Ben Keller for providing the sound system. Thanks to Jim Ensor for proving the tables for the auction. Thanks to Craig Williams and David Leipziger for organizing the match. Thanks to Jamie Stephens for getting so many great items for the auction. And thanks to the other auction donors.
It was a great event. The stands were packed with spectators and everyone seemed to have a great time. Enjoy the video below.
It is with deep shock and sadness that we note the passing of former FTSC treasurer Bill McGlashen. Bill passed away in Dallas this week following a two week bout of pneumonia. We’ll always remember Bill’s fiery competitive spirit on the field, but more importantly his smile, wisdom and great friendship off the field. Although his job took him away from DC a few years ago, I recall his surprise appearance at Sunday pickup not that long ago when he was in town on business that was cause for celebration.
Funeral services will take place this Saturday, August 9 at 1PM at Unity Church (2929 Unity Dr.) in Houston. The flight attendants union and airline are also planning a memorial service in Arizona later in the month.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the American Airlines Family Fund.
Rest In Peace, friend.
Our friends at the Washington Spirit are offering us a $5 discount of tickets for the remaining three home matches of the season.
In addition we’d like to get ourselves together and have a group go to the last home match on August 16 at 6:30. The Spirit play at the SoccerPlex main stadium in Germantown/Boyds, MD. We’re planning to put together car pools for folks who want to go to the game from the DC area but who don’t have a way to get up there.
Please use this link to buy tickets. When you put tickets in your shopping cart the discount will be applied. It is good for general admission $20 instead of the usual $25 or reserved seats $25 instead of the usual $30 .
For more info contact Glenn
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s edition of Summer of Freedom Fan Night with its popular Drag Soccer Extravaganza will take place on August 5 at Bell. We’ll also be holding a silent auction that night to benefit our players headed to Gay Games 9. More info to come soon on auction items, but please talk the event up with your friends (especially if they have deep pockets!).
Please note that the first three regular matches of the evening will move up by 30 minutes to 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 with the Drag Match taking place at 9:00. The 9:30 league match will take place at its regularly scheduled time.
We hope you’ll all come out to join us!
Some of the items to be auctioned:
Autographed copy of Elton John’s book “Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss And The End Of AIDS”
Autographed copy of Justice Sotomayor’s book “My Beloved World”
4 Soccer Players doing your yard work
Framed large print on metallic paper of the Jefferson Memorial at Sunrise by Glenn Auve
Gift basket of wine from Batch 13
A puppy birthday cake and party from Doggie Style
1- 3 month membership and 1- 5 personal training sessions from Body Smith
a Coffee/espresso machine from HomeRule
Gift certificate from 14th street Flowers
Gift Certificate from Larry’s lounge
A print from Gallery Plan B
Private ASL Lessons from Jamie Stephens
Photo of the Capitol building during a hurricane by Jamie Stephens
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final watch party. I think we had about 30-35 folks attend. We had plenty of great food and drink!
We’d love to do more of these social events. If you have some ideas for things you’d like to see us do, please drop Glenn a note.
Thanks to everyone who came down and joined us at Rehoboth Beach over the 4th of July weekend! You’re all winners in my book! We had absolutely unbelievably gorgeous weather for the tournament. Since we had a smaller group this year we tried a few new things, including playing 9v9 on smaller fields and short games. We finished by 1 PM each day which gave people more time to enjoy the beach or whatever else they wanted to do. And we introduced a congeniality award.
Thanks also to our sponsors for their support including our presenting sponsor IWantAGreatRate.com, and our other sponsors Steffanco, CAMP Rehoboth, Leslie Engelking and Energizer Holdings. And thanks to the RBC Committee who worked hard for the last several months putting the event together: Andy Sylvia, Christina Hughes, Mark Swansiger, Mike Crews, John Donahue, Stephen Strasser, Beth Aronson, Jessie Salpeter, Tom Van Wagner, Dennis Fish, Scott Teribury and Jose Martinez. Thanks to our local refs who did an outstanding job: Pio Gazzelli, Bruce Fitzgerald, Zack Werner and Mario Robles. Thanks to Craig Williams and Rob Shumowsky for putting the squads together and naming them after famous Brasilian footballers. Thanks to the field lining crew: John Donahue, Beth Aronson, Ben Fenwick, Travis Hunnings, David Rosenblum, Christina Hughes and Mark Swansiger. Thanks to everyone who traveled from far away. And thanks to anyone I may have forgotten!
Our raffle raised about $275 for CAMP Rehoboth. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets!
Be on the lookout for our Rehoboth Beach survey coming soon!
The Rehoboth Beach Classic is now just a week away! If you haven’t registered yet, do it now!
We’ve learned from Lingo Realty that 2 weeks out from the weekend they will relax their rules on full week rentals and turn day. So it’s possible that more houses will open up. But if you have friends with homes in Rehoboth that would also be a good way to go as far as housing. A quick search on Expedia shows rooms available at the Rodeway Inn, EconoLodge and Holiday Inn Express out on Route 1. But book now if you need a place!
Given the number of players registered it looks like we will be downsizing this year to a 9v9 event on smaller fields. We think everyone will still get plenty of soccer over the course of the weekend.
We are very pleased to announce that we are co-hosting World Cup watch parties in conjunction with the Washington Spirit at Nellie’s for the USA v Ghana match on Monday, June 16 at 6PM as well as Sunday, June 22 for the match vs. Portugal. Nellie’s will have their half-price burger special going on Monday plus their usual drink specials.
The Spirit will be giving away some tickets and they also hope to have some of their players at the Sunday match.
Nellie’s is also our place of choice for other World Cup matches as a way to thank them for all they do for us.