Forest City London

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Forest City London
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Full name Forest City London Soccer Club
Nickname(s) FC London
Founded 2008
Ground German-Canadian Club of London Field
London, Ontario, Canada
Ground Capacity 1,000
Owner Ian Campbell
Head Coach Martin Painter
League USL Premier Development League
2013 1st, Great Lakes
Playoffs: Conference Final
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Forest City London Soccer Club usually referred to as FC London, is a Canadian soccer team based in London, in the province of Ontario. The club was founded in 2008 and plays in USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.

Since 2009, the team plays home games at German-Canadian Club of London Field, which seats 900 spectators. They won the 2012 PDL title, their first championship, and are the current defending champions.

History[edit]

Forest City London joined the USL Premier Development League in 2009,[1] and played their first ever game on May 29, 2009, against Cleveland Internationals.[2] London won the game 2–1, with the first goal in franchise history being scored by Kevin Zimmermann.[3] London's debut season was a generally positive one; they remained unbeaten over the course of their first ten games, and enjoyed seven wins, including a 3–1 victory on the road against the Cincinnati Kings, a 5–0 thrashing of Kalamazoo Outrage that featured a brace from midfielder Thomas Beattie, a 3–1 win on the road against traditional powerhouse Michigan Bucks in which Zimmermann added another two goals to his tally, and a comprehensive 4–1 victory in the return fixture against Cleveland at the end of June. London's first loss – their first defeat in franchise history – was a 3–1 drop to the Indiana Invaders at the beginning of July, and it initiated a complete reversal of fortune for the team, who did not win another game all season, and dropped down the divisional standings. They ultimately finished third in the Great Lakes Division, seven points behind divisional champions Kalamazoo, and faced off against Chicago Fire Premier in the first round of the playoffs; unfortunately for London their stay in the playoffs was brief, as they lost 1–0 to the Illinoisans on a goal by Andre Akpan. Kevin Zimmermann and Alan McGreal were London's top scorers in their debut season, with 9 and 7 goals respectively, while Anthony Di Biase contributed 4 assists.

In July of 2013 it was announced that FC London would become affiliated with MLS club Toronto FC.

First team squad[edit]

As of July 23, 2012[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Mark Haynes
2 United States DF Joshua Hughes
3 England DF Gary Ogilvie
4 Canada DF Rene DeZorzi
5 Canada DF Alex Lewis
8 England MF Thomas Owens
9 Brazil FW Lucas Almeida
10 Canada FW Bryan Da Cruz
11 England FW Jordan Ayris
12 United States DF Geraldo Garza
14 Canada MF Robert Mboko
15 Canada DF Jovan Ivanovich
16 Canada MF Matthew Elias
No. Position Player
17 England MF Denver Spearman
18 Canada MF Connor McFall
19 Canada DF Dominic Szyszka
20 Portugal MF Nuno Gourgel
22 Canada GK Scott Shewfelt
24 Canada MF Tyler Hemming
25 Canada DF Matt Catalano
28 England DF Chris Dillon
30 England GK Reece Richardson
45 Germany FW Martin Lange
-- Australia DF Aaron Schneebeli
-- Canada MF Carl Haworth

Seasons[edit]

Season Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2009 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Divisional Semifinals
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals
2011 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Conference Quarterfinals
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Champions
2013 4 USL PDL 1st, Great Lakes Conference Final

Head coaches[edit]

  • Canada Martin Painter (2009–Present)

Stadium History[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.

  • 2009: 1632
  • 2010: 1246
  • 2011: 841
  • 2012: 507
  • 2013: 1146

Rivalries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press announcement
  2. ^ "FC London kicks off with high hopes". Thelondoner.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

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