Greenville Lions

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Greenville Lions
Full name Greenville Lions
Nickname(s) The Lions
Founded 2001
Dissolved 2003
Stadium Sirrine Stadium
Greenville, South Carolina
Ground Capacity 15,000
Owner Miguel Banda
President Scott Halkett
Head Coach Trinidad and Tobago Garth Pollonais
League USL D3 Pro League,
USL Premier Development League
2003 (PDL) 5th, Mid Atlantic Division

Greenville Lions were an American soccer team that played in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) D3 Pro League (later known as the USL Second Division) and operated an amateur team, Greenville Lions Premier, in the Premier Development League (PDL), the third and fourth tiers of the American soccer pyramid at the time. The team was founded in 2001 and operated until 2003.

The Lions played their home games at Sirrine Stadium on the grounds of Greenville High School in the city of Greenville, South Carolina.


The Greenville Lions were founded as a professional soccer team in 2001 based out of Greenville, South Carolina to play in the third tier of the American soccer pyramid at the time, the USL D3 Pro League. The team was owned by Miguel Banda and Scott Halkett served as Club President. Following a successful first season, losing the championship game 0-1 to the Utah Blitzz,[1] the club would launch and operate amateur teams in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y-League[2]


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
2001 3 USL D-3 Pro League 3rd, Southern Final Did not qualify
2002 3 USL D-3 Pro League 2nd, Southern 1st Round 2nd Round
2003 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid-Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify

Competition history[edit]

Players & staff[edit]

Final Squad[edit]

vs Raleigh Elite, 19 July 2003 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Hunter Gilstrap
2 Norway MF Oskar Bringsved
4 United States DF Brandon Moncrief
5 United States DF McNeil Cronin
6 United States FW Haven Bruce
7 United States DF Todd Ulrich
8 United States MF Kenny Cutler
10 United States FW Johnathan Wilson
12 United States MF Bradley Gibson
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Scott Mora
14 United States MF Joel Grisby
15 Colombia DF Diego Vacca Buitrago
21 United States FW Nick Hansell
22 United States DF Cesar Flores
23 United States FW Andrew Molina-Benito
24 Republic of Ireland MF Padraig Ferriter
25 Japan MF Hajime Kato
30 United States GK Chris Simonsen

Notable former players[edit]




  1. ^ David Litterer (2010-02-14). "United Soccer Leagues Statistical History, Part 4 (2000-2003)". The American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Greenville Lions Expand Operation for 2002; First in Nation". 2001-12-13. Retrieved 2013-05-27.