Antigua Barracuda FC

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Antigua Barracuda FC
Antigua Barracuda FC logo.svg
Full name Antigua Barracuda Football Club
Nickname(s) The Barracudas
Founded 2010
Dissolved 2014
Ground Stanford Cricket Ground
Ground Capacity 5,000
Owner Gordon Derrick
Head Coach Adrian Whitbread
League USL Pro
2013 Regular Season: 13th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Antigua Barracuda were an Antiguan professional soccer team based in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. Founded in 2010, the team played in the USL Pro, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team played its home games at Stanford Cricket Ground (colloquially known as "Sticky Wicket Stadium") in Osbourn, Saint George Parish until the 2013 season when they became a traveling team. The team's colors were sky blue, white and black.

History[edit]

The team was originally set to join the USL First Division in 2011,[1] but was later announced as being a founding member of USL Pro and its International Division after the USL First and Second Divisions dissolved in 2010 to make way for the new league.[2]

The club's first official game took place in April 2010, a friendly against the Puerto Rico Islanders. Approximately 1,000 people attended the event.[3]

The club arranged two further friendlies with Montreal Impact, the first of which took place on 17 April 2010 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium[4] with the second scheduled to be held on 4 September at Saputo Stadium in Montreal. They also arranged exhibition matches against Jamaica’s Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View for May. [5] On August 20, 2010 Barracuda FC announced the cancellation of the friendly matches because of funding difficulties. Impact President Joey Saputo subsequently made an accusation of a serious lack of professionalism on the part of the Antiguan club.[6]

On 23 September 2010, United Soccer Leagues formally announced that Antigua Barracuda FC would join the newly formed USL Pro in 2011 alongside Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and Club Atletico River Plate Puerto Rico as founding members of the league's tentatively named Caribbean Division, which was later officially unveiled as the International Division.[7]

The team played its first competitive game on April 17, 2011, a 2–1 home loss to the Los Angeles Blues. The first competitive goal in franchise history was scored by Tamorley Thomas[8]

The 2013 season saw the club lose each of their 26 games, tying the North American professional sports record for futility. The club withdrew from the USL Pro on January 6, 2014, due in part to the lack of a home venue and the accompanying financial reasons.[9][10]

Stadium[edit]

Barracuda played their home games at the Stanford Cricket Ground in the village of Osbourn in Saint George Parish in Antigua. The stadium was originally built to host the Stanford 20/20 cricket tournament in 2006, and was temporarily converted for soccer usage for Barracudas games. The stadium's nickname, "Sticky Wicket Stadium", came from the adjoining restaurant complex.

Players and staff[edit]

Final roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of July 6, 2013.[11][12]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Whisenhunt, CoreyCorey Whisenhunt      United States
2 Midfielder Robinson, ToricToric Robinson      Jamaica
4 Defender Mack, KaranjaKaranja Mack      Antigua and Barbuda
6 Defender Stevens, JamoyJamoy Stevens      Antigua and Barbuda
7 Midfielder Kirwan, EugeneEugene Kirwan      Antigua and Barbuda
8 Forward Phillip, AlexAlex Phillip      Antigua and Barbuda
9 Defender Hazlewood, MervynMervyn Hazlewood      Antigua and Barbuda
10 Forward Phoenix, RolstonRolston Phoenix      Antigua and Barbuda
12 Midfielder Mitchum, OrlandoOrlando Mitchum      Saint Kitts and Nevis
13 Midfielder Thomas, TamorleyTamorley Thomas      Antigua and Barbuda
14 Midfielder Burton, RandolphRandolph Burton      Antigua and Barbuda
15 Midfielder Robinson, LawsonLawson Robinson      Antigua and Barbuda
17 Defender Dublin, GeorgeGeorge Dublin      Antigua and Barbuda
18 Goalkeeper James, MolvinMolvin James      Antigua and Barbuda
19 Forward Jeremy, LloydLloyd Jeremy      Antigua and Barbuda
22 Defender Pyle, HazeleyHazeley Pyle      Antigua and Barbuda
24 Defender Daniel, OmarieOmarie Daniel      Antigua and Barbuda
27 Midfielder Marcelin, JamesJames Marcelin      Haiti
29 Midfielder Manders, AndreAndre Manders      Bermuda

Coaches[edit]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs CFU Club Championship Avg. Attendance
2011 3 USL Pro 6th, American Division Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify 1,189
2012 3 USL Pro 11th Place Did Not Qualify 4th Place 883
2013 3 USL Pro 13th Place Did Not Qualify 7th Place

All games played on the road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barracuda FC To Join USL First Division
  2. ^ "Sevilla, River Plate Join USL PRO". www.uslsoccer.com. 2010-09-23. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Barracuda V Islanders Match Game One". Antigua Sports. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Impact will face Antigua Barricuda FC". Impact Montreal. March 19, 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Byers wants long future with Impacts". Antigua Sun Online. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.rds.ca/impact/chroniques/304713.html
  7. ^ "Sevilla, River Plate Join USL PRO". www.uslsoccer.com. 2010-09-23. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  8. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/stats/2011/2175592.html
  9. ^ http://odfcnews.com/2013/11/17/usl-pro-teams-fold-mls-field-squads-team-partnership/
  10. ^ Baptiste, Neto (January 6, 2014). "Antigua Barracuda quits USL". Antigua Observer. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Antigua Barracuda Official Roster". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ Baptiste, Neto (16 April 2013). "Cudas sign additional players following opening loss". Antigua Observer. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Baptiste, Neto (23 October 2012). "Tom Curtis Resigns". Antigua Observer. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Baptiste, Neto (5 April 2013). "Cash strapped ’Cudas’ confirm USL participation". Antigua Observer. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Barracudas Appoint Whitbread". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 12 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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