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The Phoenix

Photo Credit: Max Aquino, @maxaquinophoto

To be the Phoenix who has risen from the ashes, you must first have been among the ashes. The first half of this season, we were in the trash heap. In August, we were in ninth place in the Western Conference. Everyone said we were done, finished. Until we weren’t. We began to rise. We said goodbye to Sigi, entered the second Schmetzer era of our club’s history, and signed Lodeiro, Morris found his left foot, Torres returned, and everything came together. We were born anew. It was inspiring to experience. Mid-September, it started looking like Playoffs were a real possibility and our concept team started kicking around ideas for a playoff choreo and eventually decided on the Phoenix display we deployed today.

Fast Facts:

  • While aggressive, we decided to start work on this display at the same time as we did “Mahalo Zach”. We finished roughly half of it as we were unable to complete production yet. We did not yet know who would make the playoffs and who would be on the outside looking in.
  • The second half of the display was finished on Monday night by roughly 10 people. This mostly consisted of final detailing work and drawing and painting the names of the four clubs who were not able to climb from the bottom.
  • The original designer and one of our newest designers bravely combined on the finished design.