Floridians FC

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Floridians F.C.
Full name Floridians Football Club
Nickname(s) FFC
Founded 2009
Stadium Central Broward Regional Park
Lauderhill, Florida
Ground Capacity 20,000 (5,000 fixed, 15,000 berm)
Chairman Franck Gotsman
Head Coach Fernando Valenzuela
League USL Premier Development League
2014 6th, Southeast
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

Floridians F.C. (formally Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy) is an American soccer team based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference.

The team played its home games on the Main Event Field at Central Broward Regional Park in nearby Lauderhill, Florida. The team's colors are navy and yellow

The Floridians F.C. is the next step of the Schulz Academy soccer organization, a nationally recognized USL SYL club which won a league national championship in its first appearance in 2004 with the U14 Boys title, and went on to three-peat as U15 and U16 national champions the following two years.

Notable players that were developed within the organization include Matt Luzunaris of Orlando City and Jozy Altidore of MLS club Toronto FC and the US National Team.

Floridians FC vs Ft lauderdale Strikers
Floridians FC vs Ft Lauderdale Strikers

History[edit]

On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 the Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise,[1] joining the league in 2010. The team played its first competitive game on May 7, 2010, a 1-0 loss to the Bradenton Academics[2]

USL had issued a news release regarding the Schulz Academy joining the PDL. At the time, USL’s Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt was “thrilled to welcome such a successful youth program as the Schulz Academy to the PDL ... Their proven track record in developing players, including US National Team star Jozy Altidore, speaks for itself. The club is a model organization in the Super Y-League and we are confident they will be an asset to the Southeast Division of the PDL.”

The club was headed by founder Dr. Josef Schulz, recognized as one of the top youth coaches in the Country. Notable players that have been developed within the club included Matt Luzunaris, Hasani Sinclair and CJ Phelps of the U18 US Men’s National Team; Donovan Henry, Zach Herold, and Stefan Jerome of the US U17 Men’s National Team; and US National Team and Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore. Academy founder Josef Schulz died of cancer on July 22, 2013.[3][4] With the sad passing of its founder and main character, Dr. Josef Schulz, the Ft. Lauderdale Schulz Academy was left orphan and without guidance, but not for long. A fusion of the Schultz Academy and the AC Miami was used to create the Floridians F.C. who are very proud to be able to continue the great history of football in the Miami Metropolitan Area and to continue the legacy of excellence of the Schulz Academy.

Arriving with overflowing ambition and excitement the Floridians F.C. yearns to continue and surpass the ambitions of Dr. Joseph Schulz and be the “perfect platform to prepare the top young talent of Southeast Florida combined with the international players that aspire to compete at the highest levels of the game.” It is because we believe in the South Florida talent and Dr. Joseph Schulz’s vision that the Floridians will be selecting an experienced staff, and recruit only the best young talents in the ages of 16-21 with realistic chances to become professional players in the future to be part of our exciting project.

The Floridians F.C. are leaving no stone unturned to bring the best talents to South Florida and establish strong partnership with professional players and clubs around the world. The Floridians F.C. who will be competing in the PDL league of the USL have established their home base at the Central Broward Park Stadium. The stadium, conveniently located at the heart of the Tri County Area offers easy access from the whole Miami Metropolitan Area, has a capacity of 15,000 seats and has the capabilities to welcome the tournaments and the many events the club will be hosting ...

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On December 20, 2013, the Academy merged with AC Miami to create Floridians FC and take the place of Schulz Academy in the USL PDL.[5]

Players[edit]

Current Players[edit]

As of 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Pablo Terminello
3 Colombia DF Cristian Morales
5 Argentina MF Jose Vidal
6 England DF Jason Sangha
7 Puerto Rico MF Deniz Bozkurt
8 France FW John Junior Nkomb Nkomb
9 Brazil FW Paolo Vaz
10 France MF Rudy Haddad
11 Brazil FW Lucas Roque
12 United States MF William Suedois
14 Colombia DF Luis Caicedo
15 Jamaica MF Olando Lawrence
77 France MF Aliou Traore
19 Colombia FW Daniel Marrugo
20 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Hanlon
No. Position Player
21 Puerto Rico FW Jose Abrams
22 Brazil MF Antonio Junior
23 France GK Kololo M'Sendo
24 Argentina MF Matias Solari
25 Brazil MF Bruno Da Silva
26 England FW Theo Stamtapoulos
27 United States MF Jean Rodriguez
28 Haiti MF Marc Duqueney
29 Republic of Ireland FW Alan McCann
30 Israel GK Daniel Har
31 Argentina DF Santiago Crosetti
32 Argentina DF Facundo Torres
33 United States MF Miguel Benito
35 United States MF Miguelangel Grande
00 United States GK Tyler Brew

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.

former players[edit]

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 Terrance Dieterich[6]
United States GK David Sarabia[7]
United States FW Andrew Wright[8]
United States FW Andres Velasquez
United States MF Juan Gonzalez
Canada DF Alex Trujillo[9]
United States MF Manuel Gonzalez[10]
United States MF Charlie Caceda[11]
United States MF William Suedois[12]
United States FW Andrew Mattek
United States MF Donovan Henry[13]
Puerto Rico MF Jose Abrams
United States DF Nigel Blair
United States DF Stephen Millage
United States FW Christian Jerome
No. Position Player
United States DF Thurstan Johnson
United States MF Jeff Michaud
Canada MF Sallim Dahman
Algeria DF Yanis Mana[14]
Germany MF Stephan von Lattorff
United States MF Brendan Abernethy
Argentina MF Nicolas Olsak
United States FW Daniel Wartner
United States MF Marshall Schultz
Turkey MF Levent Güler
United States GK John Ricketti[15]
Italy GK Gian Di Boscio
United States MF Andrés Chevasco
Croatia MF Milorad Pasic[16]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 USL PDL 8th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 7th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 8th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coaches[edit]

Stadium[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]