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Rockford FC look to win back the 815 Cup

Updated: May 21

Rockford, IL – On Thursday, local semi-professional soccer club Rockford FC will host DeKalb County United at Wedgbury Stadium, home of your Rockford FC, 8800 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park Il 61111. The club looks to regain the 815 Cup, the rivalry trophy between clubs within the area code, after Dekalb was victorious in our 2023 season.

The 815 Cup represents much for the two clubs. With DeKalb County United’s president and founder John Hall helping connect Rockford FC’s founders, Samir Romero and Brendan Noble, there has been a bond between the clubs since the beginning. That makes the trophy special as a competitive rivalry but also a presentation of community and the 815 pride that has become a slogan for our area in recent years. When the teams stepped foot on the field, however, all that mattered was victory.

Sebastian Bugere sends a shot toward the DKCU goal. (Photographer: Emily Chaffin)

With Rockford losing the cup in our 2023 season, they look to regain it on the field once more. Dekalb had a solid performance as a team in the previous season, momentum that saw them stroll into Rockford and outplay the boys in blue. However, as with every sport, Rockford looks to seek a revenge of last years result. Rockford FC president Samir Romero says: "It was tough to see the players defeated on the field, but we lost to a class act team, lead by President John Hall, however, we will look to take it back, bring the 815 cup to its rightful owner, and show why Rockford is a mecca for soccer players throughout the area."

Keeper Carson Davenport makes a crucial save during the penalty shootout. (Photographer: Emily Chaffin)

Tickets for the matches are available at the door or online at for just $5, and kids can enter free if they are wearing their youth soccer jersey.


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