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Calgary Foothills FC won their home opener of the new Premier Development League season against Portland Timbers U23 4-0 Friday night. 

Graham Fisher scored twice and Dominic Russo and Elija Adekugbe each scored one, as Foothills FC earned their second victory of the summer. All the goals came in the first half.

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC’s Dominic Russo, left, in action against Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action in Calgary Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Foothills FC’s head coach Tommy Wheeldon praised his entire squad following the game, but was quick to single out striker Dominic Russo’s bull-in-a-china-shop performance.

“I think he led the line very, very well,” said a beaming Wheeldon. “He bullied people, he caused problems. His goal was a matter of causing people chaos.”

“We’ve scored a couple of fantastic goals…highlight reel goals, but it’s the hard work we’ve put in,” noted Wheeldon. “It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work we’ve been doing behind the scenes.”

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC’s Graham Fisher, second from left, celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action in Calgary Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC won’t have much time to rest on this win though. They face Portland Timbers FC U23 again this Sunday afternoon. And Wheeldon is planning on having his player prepared.

“When you’ve injured an animal, and they’re a big animal because they’re associated with the MLS, we expect they’ll come out on firing on all cylinders,” he said. “They’re going to be preparing tomorrow and we’re going to do the same.”

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC’s Dominic Russo celebrates his goal against Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

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Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC vs Portland Timbers U23 in Premier Development League action Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project

Calgary Foothills FC, Portland Timbers, Premier Development League

Calgary Foothills FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon poses for a photo with Calgary Foothills FC Foot Soldiers Supporter Group Friday, May 27, 2016.
Photo: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project


Calgary Foothills FC host Portland Timbers U23 at Glenmore Athletic Park in Calgary Sunday, May 29 at 2pm.

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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