Finally, soccer has come back, to Connecticut.
Yes, it is true, soccer is back in the state, in the form of CFC Azul(Azul, meaning blue in portuguese), a first-year club playing its inaugural season in the United States Soccer League’s (USL) umbrella league, The Professional Developmental League (PDL).
“This league is basically a way for young soccer players, mostly college soccer players to stay in shape during their off-season and to get a better understanding of how a professional club is operated,” said Blue Milita(Club Azul’s fan group name) member, Robert McNicholas.
“Either way, no matter what league the club is playing in, we(now speaking for the group) are just glad soccer is back, period,” added McNicholas.
Heading into their first home match of the season (though, in reality, Club Azul doesn’t have a home stadium, not yet anyway, so, on this day, their home game was being played at East Haven High School) CFC Azul were 0-1-2, meaning, they were winless and desperate for win against their main rival, Boston Victory.
With the added motivation of playing a rival, it didn’t take long, four minutes to be exact, for CFC Azul’s forward and leading goal-scorer, Ryan Kinne, to put in the first goal of the game and claim a second goal, six minutes later, to make it 2-0 going into half-time.
The first half was very exciting for the fans and during the half, the fans were kept entertained by CFC Azul’s mascot, Mr. Blue.
As for the second half–with the two-goal lead in the first, Azul were almost guaranteed the victory, but that didn’t stop CFC Azul from wanting to score a few more insurance goals.
First, there was a penalty kick goal scored by Markus Naglestad.
Then, there were two goals by Mario DiMecili followed by the final goal of the night by Sony Narro–final score, 6-0, in favor of the home side. The victory gave CFC Azul, not just their first win of the young season, but, the first win in franchise history.
“I am happy to be apart of this club’s first franchise victory, but it was a great team win,” said DiMecili after the game.
CFC Azul’s Head Coach, David Kelly, summed up his club’s performance best, “I didn’t expect six goals…to win 6-0 is an aberration.”