Crowd of 370 Watches Union at Home Opener
Dubuque, IA - In the first home match in club history, Union Dubuque F.C. took the field against the Des Moines Menace in a friendly matchup before a crowd of 370 spectators.
Des Moines tallied fours goals between the 25th and 40th minutes to take a commanding lead into halftime. They would score twice after the break, but were denied the shutout when Union left back Bradan Allen smashed a free kick into the back of the net from just outside the area on 67 minutes. The match was ended due to inclement weather just 2 minutes later.
The Des Moines side featured loads of talent, including ex-professional players like Lovel Palmer (Indy Eleven, Chicago Fire, Portland Timbers, Miami FC). Union, appearing in only their third-ever match, controlled large parts of the first half hour. However, the first Des Moines goal marked a shift in the momentum and the Menace never looked back.
Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol was on hand to welcome the club to the city and to present the match ball to the officials before the game. Union have six more home matches scheduled for this summer. Next up is their home opener in the United Premier Soccer league in two weeks time against DeKalb County United F.C., another expansion team in the league, on June 2nd. Before the next home game, Union will have to travel to take on Joliet United SC in Joliet, IL.