The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission

USWNT Win Big at FIFA Women’s World Cup

Posted on July 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

*Puts ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen on repeat*

Yesterday the world was watching as the U.S. Women’s National Team took home their FOURTH FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship! Yes, that is four out of the total eight Women’s World Cups (they’ve medaled in all eight, by the way). The USWNT had us sitting on the edge of our seats up until the very end, but thankfully for all of us, they put away another win with a final score of 2-0. And when we say the world was watching – we mean everyone! Even FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman was congratulating the ladies on Twitter on their back-to-back championships.

Following their win, the crowd wasn’t just cheering “U-S-A” though – they were chanting “Equal Pay!” We think this historic win provides reason for why the women deserve to have their pay equal that of the men’s team members, who, just for the record, have only medaled once in FIFA World Cup history (Bronze, 1930). We’ve made ourselves clear here, and we think the fans might agree. Aside from those that were literally chanting for it in the stands, we also know our fans believe impeccable athletes deserve to be compensated for their talent.


USWNT Headed to FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals

Posted on July 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Just in time for the Fourth of July, the US Women’s National Team gave us one more reason to celebrate this holiday weekend: they are headed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals! While we may have all been watching the game in the office, the USWNT made sure to SHOW UP for the semifinals. When it was announced this morning that Jill Ellis made the decision to bench Megan Rapinoe ahead of today’s game against England, people were losing their minds (see the below tweet).

Looks like the joke is on all those suckers that didn’t understand how deep the talent goes in the US roster. Just so we’re all clear, Christen Press, who started over Rapinoe, scored the first goal of the game. So while we think Rapinoe is amazing (how could you not), Ellis clearly knows what she’s doing. It goes without saying that we trust our fans – why else would we be putting them in control of an entire football league? So would we ever question their decision to call certain plays or start some players over others? NO! This is your league, fans. We know you’re going to make the right decisions. Sure, from time to time, you might make a call that didn’t work out too well, but we trust that you’ll learn from those mistakes.


What Do the MLS All-Star Game and FCFL Have In Common?

Posted on June 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While the USWNT has been KILLING it in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (their quarter-final match against France is this Friday), the MLS announced the All-Star roster for their upcoming match against Atletico Madrid. While the starters have not yet been named by All-Star Head Coach James O’Connor (Orlando City SC), we do know who the fans voted for, who was a Coach’s pick, and who was named to the team courtesy of the Commissioner. With representation from 18 different teams, just about every fan will have a reason to be rooting for the All-Stars over Atletico Madrid. The game is July 31 in Orlando, FL at 5pm PT/8pm ET and can be watched on FS1. For full bios on each of the athletes selected, visit

Ahead of the match, fans can catch FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captain Prince Royce headlining the MLS All-Star Concert. Even better? The concert is FREE! Just make sure you’re at Wall Street Plaza on Saturday, July 27 in Orlando! Prior to the concert, fans will have the opportunity to join the viewing party for the Orlando City SC v. New England Revolution match at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET, with the concert following immediately thereafter. These events kick off just one of five days-worth of soccer celebrations and fan experiences leading up to the big game. We know you already know, but we LOVE to see organizations giving back to their fans. Add in one of our Team Owners and you’ve got the perfect way to honor the fans!


USWNT Have Good Reason To Celebrate

Posted on June 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Earlier in the week, we took care of the fans and set them up with all the pertinent information on the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the schedule and how they can watch at home, ahead of the U.S. Women had their first group play match. Spoiler alert: they absolutely CRUSHED it! They defeated Thailand with an astounding final score of 13-0, setting a new FIFA record in the process. The only problem is people are upset with the team for 1) continuing to score so many goals after clearly having the match under control, and 2) excessively celebrating after every goal.

We decided to ask the fans on Twitter what they thought, and as we expected, the majority of you DON’T think they celebrating excessively, and we have to agree. There are plenty of soccer games where there are no goals at all, so to be able to get 13 is a big deal. Add in the fact that this is a new FIFA record AND goals matter down the line in this once-every-four-years tournament, and we think their celebration was warranted. We think all our fans, including those who didn’t get to vote on Twitter, would have to agree. Some of our favorite moments in football (the American version, not soccer) are all the touchdown celebrations, so why wouldn’t we want to see top-tier athletes celebrate in other sports?