Brampton United

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Brampton City United FC
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Full name Brampton City United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lions, United
Founded 2002 (as Metro Lions)
Ground Victoria Park Stadium
Brampton, Ontario
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Jose Leal, Mike Dimatteo
Manager Juan Barreto
League Canadian Soccer League
2011 Regular season: 4th
Playoffs: Quarter-finals
Website Club home page

Brampton City United FC are a Canadian soccer team, founded in 2002. The team is a member of the Canadian Soccer League, an unsanctioned league. The club plays out of Victoria Park Stadium in the community of Brampton, Ontario.

History[edit]

The team first entered the league as the Metro Lions in 2002, playing at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough for three years. On March 30, 2005 it was announced the Metro lions were purchased by Oakville Soccer Club, and Oakville Premier Soccer Academy relocated to Oakville for the 2005 CPSL season, and the franchise was renamed to the Oakville Blue Devils.[1] Former Toronto Lynx head coach, and president of the Premier Soccer Academy Duncan Wilde was appointed manager. Wilde brought in the likes of former USL players which included Darren Baxter, Aaron Steele, Shawn Faria, Igor Prostan, and CSL veterans Phil Ionadi, Sa Brahima Traore, and Marko Bedenikovic. He was able to led the Blue Devils in capturing their first Rogers Cup victory.

After the 2005 season Wilde resigned from his head coaching position, in order to manage to the Toronto Lynx again. During the 2006 season former team captain Phil Ionadi was appointed the new manager. He led them in clinching the National Conference, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, losing 2–1 to the Windsor Border Stars.

In 2007 because of the Club's administration was totally committed to the development of soccer, the Blue Devils relocated back to Scarborough and were renamed the Canadian Lions.

On March 13, 2008 the Lions were relocated to Brampton for the 2008 season, prompting another name change to Brampton Lions but still maintaining the team's name, logo, history and statistics. The Lions announced their coaching staff on March 30, signing Armando Costa as manager.[2] On April 10 the team held a press conference announcing their management team, hiring the likes of former Hitmen captain Phil Ionadi as the Director of Business Operations, and Costa as the Director of Soccer Operations and Manager.[3] On March 29, 2009 the Brampton Lions announced the affiliation with Dixie Soccer Club where Dixie SC will serve as the reserve side for the Lions while playing in the CSL Reserve Division.[4]

On January 16, 2011 Brampton announced another re-branding to Brampton City United FC.[5] The new crest bears a strong resemblance to the English Premier League's Manchester United, with a majestic lion in place of Manchester's traditional red devil.

In addition to the CSL club, Brampton United also sides a team in the Canadian Premier Futsal League. The newly formed CPFL also includes the Mississauga Eagles FC, local CSL rivals of the Lions. Home games are played at Mississauga's Hershey Centre with the debut season of the CPFL running from January to April with 12 regular season games and a playoff championship.[6] After a very successful first year, Brampton United defeated the Toronto Boca Juniors 6-3 at Seneca College to capture the 2012 CPFL Championship.[7]

Current squad[edit]

Crest[edit]

As the Lions, the team maintained a similar logo for most of their history, aside from the 2005 and 2006 seasons when they were purchased by the Oakville Soccer Club and renamed the Oakville Blue Devils. The modified version of the Lions logo returned when the team was relocated to Scarborough, and once again when the team was moved to Brampton. For the 2011 season the club underwent a complete rebranding and received a new crest similar in style to Manchester United. The new crest pays homage to the club's history with a heraldic lion featured in the center.

Honours[edit]

Brampton United captured their first CSL Championship [known at the time as the Rogers Cup for sponsorship reasons] on October 10, 2005 in a 2-1 match against the Vaughan Shooters at Esther Shiner Stadium. The winning goal was scored during extra time in the 100' minute by Ryan Gamble. At the time, the club was still known as the Oakville Blue Devils.

2005
  • National Conference: 1
2006

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2002 First CPSL 2nd, Eastern Semi Final
2003 First CPSL 5th, Eastern Did not qualify
2004 First CPSL 2nd, Eastern Quarter Final
2005 First CPSL 2nd, Western Champions
2006 First CSL 1st, National Quarter Final
2007 First CSL 4th, National Quarter Final
2008 First CSL 3rd, National Quarter Final
2009 First CSL 3rd, National Quarter Final
2010 First CSL 10th Did not qualify
2011 First CSL 4th Quarter Final
2012 First CSL 11th Did not qualify

Notable players[edit]

Reserve Squad[edit]

as of 10 July 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
India DF Armen Grewal
Portugal DF David Ferreira
Canada DF Michael Odhomer
Ivory Coast DF Mohamed Diaby
Trinidad and Tobago DF Devon Bowye
Canada MF Donavon Wilson
No. Position Player
Oman MF Yousif Walied
India MF Jonathan Singh
India FW Avian Singh
Canada FW Peter Niles
El Salvador FW Saul Varela[8]

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