The Premier Arena Soccer League announced on Monday that the Colorado Blizzard along with 6 other top clubs (including the Rocky Mountain Division winning Avery Brewing FC) from this season’s four divisions. This year, the Nationals will be held at Blue Sky in Allen Texas on Friday March 20th, and the Semi Finals and Championship will be at the Allen Event Center in Allen Texas on March 21st as part of the World Cup Opening Night.
For the Blizzard, trips to the Nationals have not been uncommon. People always talk about the dynasties and teams to remember, but it only seems like you hear about the Professional level franchises. Nobody ever remembers the smaller franchises or the teams that build a strong foundation and make their own history. The Colorado Blizzard was built not only to be a Soccer Team but a Brotherhood; a Family.
Coach John Wells explains “Many of the players I have Coached for many years and they have all played with one another as well for many years, there is no secret or magic Coaching technique that has led to our 5 years in a row RMD Championships and 2 National Finalist. It comes down to being a TEAM, A FAMILY of players that understand what it means to be a part of a TEAM. I am proud of the players and their commitment to the TEAM, without them the Colorado Blizzard would not be one of the top teams in the Country in the PASL. I just wanted the players to get some recognition for their accomplishments over the last 5 seasons and hopefully others will now know that we have a local Colorado Springs Team that has built their own dynasty. Congrats to my players for a great 5 year run and I look forward to next season as we go for another RMD Championship. I would also like to congratulate the Avery Brewing Team for their 1st RMD Championship and look forward to many years of great games with them.”
Defender and team Co-Captain Jimmy Wade adds “A measure of success can be viewed as a byproduct of a unit that plays for one another and builds a strong team atmosphere. There will be adversity and challenges that each teams faces. The true test is how each member does and the unit responds. It has been and will continue to be a privilege to play with my friends and team mates for the joy of game. I am proud also to be a part of the Colorado Blizzard and our 5 year run as the RMD Champions.”
“I believe getting to represent your local soccer team at any level is a privilege, but when you have the word professional (pro or semi-pro) associated with it there is an even greater sense of honor. Being able to play for the COLORADO BLIZZARD, the RMD Champions for the past 5 years, with some of the best players and men from Colorado has been a dream come true. I love the competition and striving to be your best as an individual and a group is what playing is all about. The memories we have created over the past five years will be with me the rest of my life, ultimately because of the brotherhood that was established by being a part of the Blizzard family” concludes Midfielder and Co-Captain Brian Contreras.
The tournament will open with a 2 game group play phase, with the first place seed receiving a bye into the knockout round Semifinals on Saturday prior to Germany-Mexico WMF Arena Soccer World Cup match at the Allen Events Center. The remaining 6 teams will be paired off in seeds during the Quarterfinals with 2nd hosting 7th, 3rd hosting 6th, and 4th hosting 5th.
If you can’t make the trip to support the team as they take on Austin FC at 9:45amand Olympic Force at 3:00pm this Friday, the Blizzard invite you to follow all stages via the Rocky Mountain Division website: http://pasl-rmd.com/current-standings/national-championships/table/26