Special Statement from Manager Jon Denham

Speaking of the first match in club history, manager Jon Denham said: 

I'm incredibly proud of the way we performed in our first game as a club. As an expansion team with a roster that is still evolving, we competed for the full 90 minutes. We didn't show up seeking just a point or play as if we were unaware of our surroundings. We didn't show any anxiety in terms of it being the season opener. We created chances, made tackles, and with a few different bounces, could have taken a point - or even all three - home with us. 

If you asked me to pick a man of the match, I don't think I could do it. Everyone's collective effort put us in a position to draw or win the game. A few guys stood out, but the collective energy we displayed stands out the most to me. 

I will always remember Mohammed's goal - the first in club history, and he will too. So will the guys who were in the locker room and made the trip with us. It was a historic night and a historic goal. 

I also want to thank the family and friends and fans who came out to Mooseheart, some who traveled from Dubuque, and others in and around the Chicago area. There were scarves waving and there were cheers in our direction before and after we put our goal in.

As a club, there was a lot of work behind the scenes to get us to our first competitive match. Cliff, Jim, and the rest of the organization hopefully share the same pride I felt when the final whistle blew. We're making progress, both on and off the field, and we'll continue to get better in both areas with the support of the Dubuque community and our sponsors, as well as with players who are committed to helping us improve on the field. 

A full recap of the game can be found here

First-team manager Jon Denham and captain Ryan Pacholski

First-team manager Jon Denham and captain Ryan Pacholski

Cliff Conrad