Sunday pickup is moving to the 10AM to noon time slot starting this week. You also get to “fall back” this week as the clocks change. So you get an extra 2 hours of sleep!
Location remains West Potomac Park near the MLK Memorial.
Congratulations to FTSC Hall of Famer Jim Ensor on being one of the recipients of this year’s Team DC Trailblazer awards at their Night of Champions annual awards dinner. Tickets are $100 and proceeds benefit the Team DC Scholarship Fund. Jim is being recognized or his 20+ years of service to the club in a variety of leadership roles including helping to spearhead the Gay World Cup in DC in 2009. Jim has also been the driving force behind the annual United Night OUT since its inception.
Big thanks to everyone who came out for this year’s United Night OUT! We had over 500 participants which is a new record. Huge thanks also to TeamDC for their support and help as well as our good friends at D.C. United for their help in making the event run so smoothly. Thanks to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington for singing the national anthem and the DC Different Drummers pep band for performing throughout the match. And most importantly, thanks to Jim Ensor for his continuing leadership and hard work as the driving force behind the event!
And thanks to Kevin Majoros for taking photos.
We had our Summer of Freedom presented by Nellie’s Sports Bar closing party on Tuesday, September 9 at our presenting sponsor, Nellie’s.
Congratulations to Annie’s who won the league with a 9-1-1 record. And congratulations also to Mad Momos who collected the Napolitano Cup for winning the Miss Congeniality award.
Thanks to everyone who played this summer. And thanks as well to all of our volunteers, field marshals, referees and team leaders for all of their work.
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