Connecticut FC Azul

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CFC Azul (Connecticut)
CFC Logo.jpg
Full name Connecticut Football Club Azul
Nickname(s) Azul, CFC
Founded 2011
Stadium Westside Athletic Complex
Danbury, Connecticut
Ground Capacity 2,500
Majority Owner Italy Peter D'Amico
General Manager Germany Robin Schuppert
League USL Premier Development League
2014 2nd, Northeast Division
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
Website Club home page
Current season

Connecticut FC (CFC) Azul is an American amateur soccer team based in Newtown, Connecticut, playing in the Northeast Division of the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The team colors are blue, black and white.

History[edit]

CFC Azul was founded as a USL PDL team on December 21, 2011, and launched its inaugural season in 2012. The club is the pinnacle for a 70-plus youth team organization and is Connecticut's only professional organized soccer franchise.[1] In its first season of play, CFC Azul finished mid-table tied for 4th place with fellow expansion team Worcester Hydra.

In 2013, CFC finished in 6th place with a record of 2 wins, 6 losses and 6 draws.[2] In time for the start of the 2014 season, Peter D'Amico became the primary owner and managing partner of the Azul. [3] Additionally, CFC teamed up with WXCI 91.7 FM to broadcast play-by-play of Azul's home games.[4]

Stadia[edit]

The team was originally scheduled to play their home games at Reese Stadium on the campus of Yale University. However, due to scheduling conflicts, CFC Azul ended playing their 2012 home games at various locations throughout Connecticut including Veterans Stadium in New Britain, CT. For the 2013 season, CFC Azul played their home games at Central Connecticut State University. CFC Azul signed a muti-year contract to play their games the Westside Athletic Complex at Western Connecticut State University. [5]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify

Players and Staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of July 10, 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
United States GK Stephen Sasso
United States DF Patrick Boucher
United States DF Tyler Naef
Norway DF Jonas Følstad
Jamaica MF Reco McLaren
England FW Luke Perry
United States MF Ryan Kinne
Scotland MF Paul Templeton
United States MF Manuel Nobre
Brazil MF Raphael Moura
No. Position Player
Jamaica FW Eddie Bogle
Uruguay FW Jorge Zubillaga
Canada DF Sean Weir
United States GK Eric Venezia
Brazil MF Raphael Carvalho
United States MF Ailton Do Rosario
Peru MF Sony Narro
United States DF Stanley Sandoval
United States DF Jeremy Tavares
United States DF Nicholas Sailor

Previous Roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
NA United States GK Greg Cumpstone[7]
NA United States GK Drew Esposito[8]
NA United States GK Matt Sangeloty[9]
NA United States GK Drew Nucifora[10]
NA United States DF Abraham Bartoah[11]
NA United States DF Sean Sweeney[12]
NA Belgium DF Marcelin Bilali[13]
NA United States DF Danillo Andrade[14]
NA United States DF Jeremy Tavaras[15]
NA United States DF Mamoudou Dioubate[16]
NA United States MF Steve Covino (soccer)
NA United States MF Sam Groves[17]
NA United States MF Ryan Kinne[18]
NA United States MF Kevin Lewis[19]
No. Position Player
NA United States MF Jesse Menzies[20]
NA Scotland MF Paul Templeton[21]
NA United States MF Rob Brickley[22]
NA United States MF Daniel Ruiz (soccer)
NA United States MF Dan Pelletier[23]
NA England MF Conor Doyle[24]
NA United States MF Eddie Floyd (soccer)
NA United States MF Sony Narro[25]
NA United States MF Tyler Cleverdon[26]
NA United States FW Bryan Zobre[27]
NA United States FW Patrick Boucher[28]
NA England FW Thomas Obassi[29]
NA Belgium Mario Di Mecili[30]
NA United States Alvi Fokou[31]

Current staff[edit]

  • Germany Robin Schuppert - General Manager[32]
  • United States David Kelly - Head Coach[33][34]
  • England Kerry Clarke - Assistant Coach[35]
  • Serbia Nenad Cudic - Goalkeeping Coach[36]
  • Albania Olgert Dalipi - Assistant Coach[37]
  • United States Jamie Shure - Director of Operations
  • United States Joe Addonizio - Director of Media

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connecticut FC Azul Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "PDL 2013 standings". Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "CFC Soccer to be based at Westconn". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "WXCI 91.7 FM to broadcast Azul home games". 19 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Azul, WCSU Reach Agreement". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/azul-2014-roster/
  7. ^ http://www.gohofstra.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=109587&SPID=13583&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=22200&ATCLID=3716619&Q_SEASON=2011
  8. ^ http://www.southernctowls.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2062&path=msoc
  9. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  10. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  11. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  12. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  13. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  14. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  15. ^ http://www.southernctowls.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2073&path=msoc
  16. ^ http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/bios/dioubate_mamoudou00
  17. ^ http://cfcazul.com/news/azul-add-groves-and-lewis/
  18. ^ http://cfcazul.com/news/azul-get-former-new-england-revolution-player/
  19. ^ http://hartfordhawks.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2173&path=msoc
  20. ^ http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/bios/menzies_jesse00
  21. ^ http://www.southernctowls.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2074&path=msoc
  22. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  23. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  24. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  25. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  26. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  27. ^ Bryan Zobre
  28. ^ http://hartfordhawks.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2169&path=msoc
  29. ^ http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/bios/obassi_thomas00
  30. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  31. ^ http://cfcazul.com/roster/playing-staff/
  32. ^ "Front Office". CFC Azul. 1 February 2012. 
  33. ^ "USL PDL's Connecticut FC Azul Names First Head Coach". Soccer Scene USA. 11 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Kelly Named Head Coach of Azul, Other PDL News". The Revolution(ary) Blog. 11 January 2012. 
  35. ^ "Coaching Staff". CFC Azul. 1 February 2012. 
  36. ^ "CFC Azul Adds Cudic to Staff". USL PDL. 1 February 2012. 
  37. ^ "Olgert Dalipi". CFC Azul. 13 March 2012.