Waking the Red FC narrowly missed out on making a first-ever playoff appearance at the Football for Good tournament this past weekend, after finishing the group stage with 2 wins and 2 losses.
Like any good PR article, we are going to put a nice positive spin on this and mention that those two losses came against the two eventual finalists and were both 1-0. Unfortunately, former Waking the Red FC star Terry Dunfield (he may have played for some other less-notable clubs as well) and his side beat Waking the Red in the consolation game.
Waking the Red will likely be declining several options on contracts this off-season as it looks to retool for coming tournaments. There are early reports of a dressing room rift over the half-time allocation of orange slices brought by Mitchell Tierney.
There were also some clear tactical mistakes made throughout the tournament without manager James Grossi at the helm. Grossi received a last-minute contract offer from Real Madrid right before the tournament started.
WTR FC did, however, claim a measure of glory with its first-ever media derby win over TSN. Charlie O’Connor-Clarke scored a late winner to secure one of the biggest wins in the club’s history.
An even bigger win is the fact that the team raised $1,360 in total for Football for Good, a charity which provides education and soccer opportunities to children in Uganda.
Thank you especially to everyone who donated, as always it was a fun day of soccer and website bonding. We look forward to future tournament, unless our CanPL expansion bid gets accepted.