Dayton Dutch Lions

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Dayton Dutch Lions
Dayton Dutch Lions FC logo.svg
Full name Dayton Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s) Dutch Lions
Founded 2009
Stadium Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium; West Carrollton, Ohio [1]
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owners Erik Tammer
Mike Mossel
Head Coach Matt Weston
League USL Pro
2014 Regular Season: 14th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Dayton Dutch Lions is an American soccer team based in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having promoted themselves from the USL Premier Development League at the end of the 2010 season.[2]

The team plays its home games at the Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium, on the campus of West Carrollton High School in nearby West Carrollton, Ohio.[3] The team's colors are orange, white and blue.


The team is supported by Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente, and is co-owned by Erik Tammer of Tammer Sportmanagement and Mike Mossel of Business and Sports Performance. Tammer is a former professional soccer player in the Netherlands who played for clubs such as Heerenveen and Sparta Rotterdam, while Mossel played in Europe for RBC Roosendaal and Turnhout, and in the USL for the Cincinnati Riverhawks following his graduation from Xavier University.

The team played its first competitive game on May 8, 2010, a 3–3 tie with the Cincinnati Kings. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Eddie Hertsenberg.[4]

On July 8, 2010 the Lions announced that they would be self-promoting to the USL Second Division for the 2011 season, as well as adding a brand new women's team in the USL W-League. During the announcement team owner Mike Mossel said "The promotion to USL-2 and development of a W-League club was just a matter of time. To be the best, we must begin to play among the upper-echelon clubs. We want to set a standard, and I believe we have done that so far in the PDL in our first season. But more importantly, our decision was made with our Premier Academy in mind.".[5] With the merger of the USL First and Second Divisions to form USL Pro in 2011, the Dutch Lions were announced as a founding team.[2]

The Lions reached the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they defeated the MLS Columbus Crew 2–1 in the third round, then defeated the Michigan Bucks in the fourth round in extra time. They were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Sporting Kansas City 3–0.

In 2013, the Lions reached the USL Pro Playoffs for the first time with a record of 10 Wins, 7 Ties and 9 Losses. They lost to the Richmond Kickers 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Gibson Bardsley received Second Team All-League Honors with 9 goals and 7 assists.[6][7]

Colors and badge[edit]


Club culture[edit]

International partnerships[edit]

On January 17, 2011, the Dutch Lions signed a five-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie champions, FC Twente, to foster development of players, academy teams, training practices, and possibly facilitate loans or transfers of players between the two teams.[8]

Columbus Crew[edit]

On December 19, 2013, the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer announced an affiliation with the Dutch Lions which would begin with the 2014 season. The affiliation meant the opportunity for loans between the two which aim ultimately to improve the quality of play at both clubs. After the Crew's 2014 opener against D.C. United, the Club announced it was sending 5 of its players on loan to the Dutch Lions for the season, including 2013 draft pick, forward Ryan Finley.[9][10]


The main supporters of the Dutch Lions are the Oranje Legion.[11]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 27, 2012.[12]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Midfielder Smith, ShaneShane Smith      United States
6 Midfielder Thuriere, SebastienSebastien Thuriere      Haiti
7 Midfielder Khutsidze, IrakliIrakli Khutsidze      Georgia
8 Midfielder DeLass, JoelJoel DeLass      United States
9 Midfielder Clemens, DavidDavid Clemens      United States
10 Forward Janneh, KarambaKaramba Janneh      Gambia
11 Midfielder Kissinger, EricEric Kissinger      United States
14 Midfielder Angoy-Cruyff, JesjuaJesjua Angoy-Cruyff      Spain
15 Defender , Matheus DiovanyMatheus Diovany      Brazil
16 Defender Granger, BrockBrock Granger      United States
17 Midfielder Vickers, CameronCameron Vickers      United States
18 Midfielder Hertsenberg, EddieEddie Hertsenberg      United States
20 Forward Félix, GuilhermeGuilherme Félix      Brazil
21 Midfielder Harada, ShintaroShintaro Harada      Japan
22 Forward da Silva, Jackson BeckhamJackson Beckham da Silva      Brazil
23 Forward Broekhuizen, JoeJoe Broekhuizen      United States
24 Defender Bowlin, TaylorTaylor Bowlin      United States
26 Midfielder Camacho, ChristianChristian Camacho      United States
29 Defender Mendez, OsmanOsman Mendez      United States
30 Goalkeeper Williams, MattMatt Williams      United States
32 Goalkeeper Krotee, ScottScott Krotee      United States
45 Forward Detelj, KeithKeith Detelj      United States


Executive staff
Position Staff
Owner Erik Tammer
Owner Mike Mossel

Source:[citation needed]

Coaching staff
Position Staff
Head Coach Matt Weston
Assistant Coach Jack Hermans
Assistant Coach Catherine Gordon
Trainer Candy Cornett

Source:[citation needed]

Notable former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]



Year League Rank P W L T GF GA GD PTS Playoffs Open Cup
2010 PDL 3 16 8 3 5 32 20 +12 29 1R
2011 USL Pro 12 24 2 16 6 21 54 -33 12 1R
2012 USL Pro 9 24 4 10 10 20 29 -9 22 QF
2013 USL Pro 8 26 10 9 7 43 46 -3 37 QF 3R
2014 USL Pro 14 28 6 18 4 28 63 -35 22 3R

As of 5 September 2014[16]
Rank = Rank in the USL Pro; P = Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Playoffs = USL Pro Playoffs; Open Cup = Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
— = Not attended; 1R = 1st round; 2R = 2nd round; 3R = 3rd round; 1/8 = Round of sixteen; QF = Quarterfinals; SF = Semifinals; F = Final.

Top goal scorers[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–2013 14 0 2 16
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012– 8 0 2 10
3 Midfielder Joel DeLass 2011- 7 0 2 9
4 Forward Tjeerd Westdijk 2013 6 0 2 8
5 Midfielder George Davis 2011 7 0 0 7
Forward Brandon Swartzendruber 2013 7 0 0 7

As of 18 April 2014

Top assists[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–2013 7 0 1 8
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012– 6 0 0 6
3 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011– 3 0 1 4

As of 18 April 2014

Top appearances[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011- 73 1 8 82
2 Defender Shane Smith 2011- 70 0 7 77
3 Goalkeeper Matt Williams 2012- 53 1 6 60

As of 18 April 2014

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at

  • 2010: 1,274 (6th in PDL)
  • 2011: 560 (only 9 games reported attendance, average taken from those)
  • 2013: 699 (only 10 of 14 games reported attendance, average taken from those)


  1. ^ a b "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Dutch Lions Join USL PRO". 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ DDL FC play in stadium Bellbrook
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ Dutch Lions Join USL-2
  6. ^ "Dutch Lions Clinch Playoff Berth". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 17, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kickers Edge Past Dutch Lions". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 24, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dutch Lions Ink 5-Year Partnership". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Dayton loan goals reflect the future of Columbus prospect | Columbus Crew". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  10. ^ "Crew announces affiliate partnership with Dayton Dutch Lions FC of USL PRO | Columbus Crew". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Oranje Legion | Independent Supporter's Group for Dayton Dutch Lions FC of USL PRO". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Roster – Dayton Dutch Lions". Dayton Dutch Lions. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sonny Silooy Named Dayton Head Coach
  14. ^ Dutch Lions and Silooy Part Ways
  15. ^ "Dutch Lions Appoint Weston As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "USL Pro Standings". USL. August 2012. 

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