Cincinnati Riverhawks

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Cincinnati Riverhawks
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Full name Cincinnati Riverhawks Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Hawks
Founded 1997
Dissolved 2003
Stadium Galbreath Field
Kings Mills, Ohio
Ground Capacity 10,000
Owner(s) Cincinnati Soccer Club
League USISL PDL (1997)
USL A-League (1998-2003)

The Cincinnati Riverhawks were a professional soccer team that debuted in the USISL Premier Development League in 1997 and joined the A-League from 1998 to 2003. They played their games at Galbreath Field in Kings Mills, Ohio[1] and later at the Town and Country Sports Complex in Wilder, KY. The Riverhawks were disbanded following the 2003 season.[2]

History[edit]

The Cincinnati Riverhawks were a professional soccer team from Cincinnati, Ohio, owned by the Cincinnati Soccer Club. The team initially played in the USISL Premier Development League Mid-South Division in 1997. The team finished the 1997 season in first place in its division, winning ten and losing five matches. The team advanced to the second round of the playoffs, before losing to its division rival, the Jackson Chargers. In 1998, the Riverhawks joined the A-League's Central Division. The squad finished in fifth place in its division, with eleven wins and seventeen losses. Before the start of the 1999 season, the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL) became the United Soccer Leagues (USL).

The Riverhawks remained in the organization's A-League, Central Division, finishing last in its division, with a record of seven losses and twenty-one ties. The next season the Riverhawks again finished last in the Central Division, with a record of two wins, twenty-three losses, and three ties. The team continued its poor showing in the 2001 season, finishing last in its division, while winning just six and losing twenty matches. In the 2002 season, the Riverhawks finished in third place in its division, one place ahead of last place. The team won eight and lost twenty matches. The Riverhawks repeated its performance of remaining out of last place by a single spot during the 2003 season. Still, after repeated disappointing performances, the Cincinnati Riverhawks disbanded following the 2003 season.[2]

Colors & Badge[edit]

The Riverhawks debuted with their original logo and primary colors (white, royal blue, gold) in the 1997 season but would later change their logo for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1997 "4" USISL PDSL 1st, Mid-South Division Finals Did not qualify
1998 2 USISL A-League 5th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 2 USL A-League 7th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 2 USL A-League 6th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2001 2 USL A-League 7th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2002 2 USL A-League 3rd, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2003 2 USL A-League 4th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify

Coaches[edit]

  • Nick Ranieri (1997)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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