Union Drop First Match of 2019

In a disappointing start to the 2019 campaign, Union Dubuque F.C. were eliminated from the USASA National Amateur Cup by a feisty Springfield FC side at home last weekend.

Playing at Jack Fish Field on the campus of Emmaus Bible College, the Dubuque eleven were unable to find the attacking mojo that drove them to a strong finish last year and fell 0-1 from a 60th minute strike by Springfield’s Connor Carnduff.

The Union squad was a mixture of old and new faces, with several players from last year making appearances alongside fresh talent. 21-year old Goalkeeper Max Contreras (San Diego, CA) performed well in his Union debut, saving a first half penalty and making several other important stops to keep the match level early on. Keegan Schmidt, 18, of Bettendorf made his Union debut alongside Hamza Tahiri and Alejandro Cosmopolis. Returners Alex Lee, Mohamed Diallo, Joshua Kutzke, Pablo Martinez, Antonio Kuykendall and Hugo Samaniego rounded out the squad that started the match, with midfielder Emiliano Gomez captaining the side.

The Union bench also sported a mixture of experience and young talent. New faces included Carson McBain, Josh Shelley, Patrick Asamoah, and Rai Gonzalez, with 16-year-old Kaydan Addie of Platteville, WI becoming the youngest player to make the squad. Manager Jon Denham was listed as the reserve goalkeeper.

The Union take the field next against Cedar Rapids Inferno on April 27th in the 2019 UPSL opener at Coe College Stadium in Cedar Rapids. Kickoff is set for 7:00p for the match.

Cliff Conrad