Brooklyn Knights

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Brooklyn Knights
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Full name Brooklyn Knights
Nickname(s) The Knights
Founded 1999
Stadium Metropolitan Oval
Maspeth, New York
Ground Capacity ????
Owner Jim Vogt
Head Coach Andreas Lindberg
League USL Premier Development League
2011 9th, Mid Atlantic
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Brooklyn Knights is an American soccer club based in New York City. Founded in 1999, the Knights currently field youth teams in the United Soccer Leagues Super-20 League and Super Y-League.[1] The team also previously field a team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The Knights decided to cease fielding a team in the PDL in January 2013.[2]

The club plays its home games at the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens, where they have played since 2004. Brooklyn's team colors are white and blue.

History[edit]

The main philosophy of the Brooklyn Knights revolves around that of player development and the belief that it should be fully accomplished by the time an athlete reaches the age of 23. Despite the Knights' strict adherence to the use of players under-23 (the PDL allows up to eight on a roster), the team has qualified for the PDL national playoffs several times during their existence while fielding players as young as 17 to do so.

In 2000, the Knights became a sponsor of youth soccer teams that are overseen by the Metropolitan Oval Foundation, Inc. that include seven teams ranging from Under-11 to Under-18.

The Knights began playing home games at the Metropolitan Oval in 2004 and, after a short hiatus, returned to the stadium in 2010. The complex was constructed in 1925 and continues to be the oldest soccer-only facility in the United States, hosting 15-20 games each week from March to November.[3]

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of May 15, 2012.[4]

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

No. Position Player
0 England GK Ed Shone
1 United States GK Stefan Manz [5]
2 United States DF Kyle McTurk [6]
3 United States DF Aldo Tomo [7]
4 United States DF Lukas Fedler [8]
5 United States DF Zach Gosse [9]
6 United States DF Bryant Knibbs
6 United States MF Karl Rumph [10]
7 Colombia MF Kevin Correa
7 United States MF Rob Schroback [11]
8 United States DF Christian Galindo
8 United States FW Keith Jecewiz
9 Bulgaria MF Stefan Dimitrov
10 United States FW Jose Batista
No. Position Player
11 Jamaica FW Dwayne Reid
11 United States DF Thomas Adair
12 United States MF Michael Valencia [12]
12 United States MF Pat McCann
13 Jamaica MF Shea Brown
13 United States FW Greg Davis
13 United States MF Nick Matthews
14 United States FW Erion Qoku [13]
15 Venezuela MF Juan Aguiar
16 United States MF Kyle Schlesinger [14]
16 Brazil FW Andre Berenzon
17 United States MF Raphael Abreu [15]
18 United States GK Tyler Clarhaut

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year[edit]

(As of July 6, 2012)

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1999 4 USL PDL 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 4 USL PDL 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2001 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2002 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2003 4 USL PDL 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2004 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2005 4 USL PDL 8th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2007 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast National Semifinals Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Conference Finals 1st Round
2009 4 USL PDL 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 8th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 9th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid Atlantic N/A N/A

Honors[edit]

  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2008
  • USL PDL Eastern Conference Champions 2007

Head coaches[edit]

  • Italy Joe Balsamo (2007–2010)
  • Sweden Andreas Lindberg (2011–Present)

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2005: 120
  • 2006: 105
  • 2007: 251
  • 2008: 212
  • 2009: 405
  • 2010: 109
  • 2011: 40
  • 2012: 42

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