Originally slated to begin on May 29th hosting the Calgary Foothills WFC, the new opener features the same opponent. With the moniker “Battle of Alberta” copyrighted by the hockey team, the provincial soccer battle in the Canadian Premier League took on the name of “Al Classico“. Logically the moniker of “Al Classica” fits what sure to become another historic part of the provincial battle for supremacy UWS style.
The Impact have the Foothills award winning Coach Troye Flannery at their helm as well as former Foothill players Tanya Boychuk, Elise Emmott and recently signed Emily Burns. Boychuk (University of Memphis) and Emmott (University of Alberta) boast team captain honours on their soccer resumes as do fellow teammates Brittany Kindzierski (University of Texas And El Paso), Sheena Tracey (MacEwan University), Erika Vecchio (MacEwan University), Yasmine Hall (Kent State University),Kayla Mostowich (Canada Summer Games Team Alberta) and Heather Lund (2015 Team Canada FISU). Having your inaugural game against the back-to-back Western Conference Champions is not ideal but the Impact have put together a squad that will not back down from the daunting task.
In an example of perfect scheduling, the re-match between the Impact and Foothills women football clubs is two days later in Calgary. Speaking on a personal level, if you have the chance to attend an away game, they tend to make the best memories.
The American divisional counterparts for the Impact WFC began their respective seasons on Friday May 21st and Saturday May 22nd. The Utah based Kongo FC are 0-1-1 as of this writing and will be playing their 5th game of their season when they visit the Impact on Friday July 9th. The next night the Santa Ana, California based Santa Clarita Heat visit town.
As per the Impact WFC tweet announcing the schedule “* Our American games are subject to change based on border announcements and changes *“. Looking at the glass half full, the only question for opening weekend is whether Alberta’s re-opening plan will be at a stage where fans are allowed to attend games.
All home games will be played at Riel Recreation Park at 61 Riel Drive. Watching the games online is an option thanks to CFN Media.
BRACE FOR IMPACT!