Houston Dutch Lions

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Houston Dutch Lions FC
Houston Dutch Lions FC Logo.jpg
Full name Houston Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lions
Founded 2011 (as Texas Dutch Lions FC)
Stadium HDLFC Soccer Complex
Conroe, Texas
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Martin Kroeze
President Martin Kroeze
Head Coach Marco Pruis
League USL Premier Development League
2013 5th, Mid South Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is an American soccer club based in The Woodlands, Texas.[1] Founded in 2011, the team plays in the Mid South Division of the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, playing home games at the team owned HDLFC Soccer Complex located in Conroe, Texas.

The club is owned by Martin Kroeze.


Texas Dutch Lions FC was founded on November 17, 2011 and played their inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League in 2012,[2] finishing 4th in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference but missing the playoffs.

The Youth Academy of the club began training in 2011 with only one location in Conroe, Texas. In 2012, the Youth Academy expanded to its second training location to service players in The Woodlands.[1]

On April 1, 2013 the club changed the official name to Houston Dutch Lions FC. The club has been using the new title for several months, but the name change was not official until April 1.[3]

On February 12, 2013 the club announced the signing of new head coach, former Dutch player Hans van Arum, for the 2013 season.[4]

Colors and badge[edit]

The old Texas Dutch Lions FC logo.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC crest is a modified version of Dayton's logo, featuring the white and blue field, with an orange lion centered on the crest. The script above the vector lion reads the club's name.

Home ground[edit]

Training ground[edit]

  • Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex; Conroe, Texas (October 2013-). The fields are the training grounds of the teams: USL Premier Development League, HFA, Texas Premier Soccer League (TPSL), Super 20, and the club's Youth Academy. It will be the home pitch for TPSL and Super 20 matches.[5]

Club culture[edit]

International partnerships[edit]

The Houston Dutch Lions FC share in the partnership of their ownership group and sister club, Dayton Dutch Lions, with Dutch Eredivisie champions, FC Twente. On January 17, 2011 the Dutch Lions Group signed a five-year contract to foster development of players, academy teams, training practices, and possibly facilitate loans or transfers of players between teams.[6]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

USL Premier Development League roster for the 2014 season:[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Emmanuel Frias
18 United States GK Charles Schober
26 United States GK Dylan Meeker
2 United States DF Cameron Free
3 Netherlands DF Lars Willemse
5 United States DF Elias Barahona
12 United States DF John Cordier
13 United States DF Michael Stewart
21 United States DF Jonathan Segovia
22 United States DF Enrique Gonzalez
23 Mexico DF Erick Suarez
4 Germany MF Lukas Simon (captain)
6 United States MF David Perez
No. Position Player
8 Netherlands MF Wessel Verhaar
10 Honduras MF Gustavo Alvarado
15 United States MF Mario Garcia
19 United States MF Jose Hernadez
24 Nigeria MF Kelvin Iloba
7 United States FW Jonathan Sanchez
9 United States FW Rimario Gordon
11 United States MF Javier Vazquez
14 United States FW David Otoya
16 Canada FW Joe Jackson
17 Honduras FW Jorge Contreras
20 United States FW Forrest Fegert


Executive staff
Position Staff
President Martin Kroeze
Vice President Robbert Kroeze
Business Manager Dennis Kroeze

Source:[citation needed]

Coaching staff
Position Staff
Head Coach Marco Pruis
Technical Director Marco Pruis
Academy Manager Davy Zwaard

Source:[citation needed]

Head coaches[edit]


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify

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

  • 2012: Unknown


  1. ^ a b "Houston Dutch Lions: History". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Houston Dutch Lions FC Join USL PDL". USLsoccer.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  3. ^ "HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE". Houston Dutch Lions. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Dutch Lions Announce New Coach". USLsoccer.com. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  5. ^ "HDLFC Soccer Complex". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Dutch Lions Ink 5-Year Partnership". USLsoccer.com. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2013-02-17o. 
  7. ^ "Houston Dutch Lions: 2014 PDL Roster". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 

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