Windsor Stars

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Windsor Stars
WindsorStars.png
Full name Windsor Stars Pro Soccer
Nickname(s) Stars
Founded 2004
(as Windsor Border Stars)
2011 (as Windsor Stars)
Ground McHugh Park
Windsor, Ontario
Ground Capacity 1,000
Owner Filip Rocca
Coach Steve Vagnini
League League1 Ontario
Website Club home page

Windsor Stars are a Canadian soccer team based in Windsor, Ontario, originally founded in 2004. The club plays in the semi-professional League1 Ontario, part of the third division in the Canadian soccer league system. The team play their home games at McHugh Park. The team's colors are sky blue and white.

History[edit]

The Windsor Stars were originally founded as the Windsor Border Stars and joined the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) in 2004 but later folded in 2008. In early 2011, the league announced that former Border Star defender, Filip Rocca, was awarded a franchise and would resurrect the club in Windsor. The Border Stars were re-branded as Windsor Stars Pro Soccer and returned to the CSL for the 2011 season.

Rocca pledged to build strong connections with the local soccer community and district association, Essex County Soccer Association, in order to avoid the failure that saw the Border Stars fold. The club owes its history and its name to the Windsor Stars of the 1970s and the Windsor Wheels of the 1980s from the Canadian National Soccer League, the predecessor of the CSL.[1]

The team re-launched with two head coaches, Steve Vagnini and Jeff Hodgson, who were announced as head coaches in February 2011.[2]

Following the de-sanctioning of the CSL by the Canadian Soccer Association in 2013,[3] the Windsor Stars Pro Soccer Club was announced as one of the 10 teams participating in the inaugural season of League1 Ontario, a newly formed competition in the third division of Canadian soccer, on April 8, 2014.[4] With home games being played at McHugh Park in Windsor, the club has sought funding to turn the current field into a stadium with proper seating and scoreboard to boost interest in the area.[5]

Original Border Stars logo (2004–08)

Current Roster[edit]

as of June 15, 2014 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Anthony Santilli
16 Canada FW Gino Berardi
Canada MF Alex Mendonca
United States DF Austin Piwinski
Canada MF Brett Holmberg
Canada MF Brydon Caesar
Canada MF Celso Carapau
Canada DF Christopher Hakim
Canada DF Christopher Suta
Canada DF Ciprian Codea
Canada MF David Kadoic
No. Position Player
Canada MF Erik Cirovski
Canada MF Gabriel Poulino
Canada DF Jamar Kelly
Canada DF Khalid Baher
Canada GK Kyle Vizirakis
United States DF Matthew Nedwicki
Canada FW Michael Pio
Canada DF Patrick Lepera
Canada DF Sleiman Habib
Canada MF Stephen Ademolu

Notable players[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2004 (as Border Stars) "1" CPSL 3rd, Western Quarter-Finals
2005 (as Border Stars) "1" CPSL 3rd, Western Semi-Finals
2006 (as Border Stars) "1" CSL 4th, National Semi-Finals
2007 (as Border Stars) "1" CSL 4th, National Quarter-Finals
2008 (as Border Stars) "1" CSL 5th, National Did Not Qualify
2011 "1" CSL 13th Did Not Qualify
2012 "1" CSL 4th Quarter-Finals
2013 "1" CSL 6th Quarter-Finals
2014 n/a League1 Ontario TBD TBD

Titles[edit]

as Windsor Border Stars
2004, 2005
  • AISL Championship: 1
2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ D. Waddell (January 27, 2011). "Rocca brings back pro soccer". Windsor Star. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ https://atvsports.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/soccer-is-back/ Soccer is Back
  3. ^ "Windsor Stars vs. Detroit FC in Pre-Season Friendly". WindsorStarsSoccer.com. May 24, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The OSA News Bulletin » OSA announces League1 Ontario teams". Ontariosoccer.ca. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Windsor Stars want $200K soccer upgrade at McHugh Park - Windsor - CBC News". Cbc.ca. February 12, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://windsorstarssoccer.com/?sports_team_roster_type=players

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