Houston Dutch Lions
|Full name||Houston Dutch Lions Football Club|
|Founded||2011 (as Texas Dutch Lions FC)|
|Stadium||HDL FC Soccer Facility
|Head Coach||Marco Pruis|
|League||USL Premier Development League|
|2014||5th, Mid South Division
|Website||Club home page|
The Houston Dutch Lions FC is an American soccer club based in The Woodlands, Texas. 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 HDL FC Soccer Facility located in Conroe, Texas.
The club is owned by Martin Kroeze.
Texas Dutch Lions FC was founded on 17 November 2011, and played their inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League in 2012, 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.
On 1 April 2013, Texas Dutch Lions FC changed their official name to Houston Dutch Lions FC. The club has been using the new title for several months, but it wasn't official until 1 April.
On February 18th, 2014 the Houston Dutch Lions FC announced the signing of Marco Pruis as their new Head Coach for the 2014 USL PDL season.
Colors and badge
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.
- McDade Park; Conroe, Texas (2012)
- The Woodlands Prep School; The Woodlands, Texas (2012)
- Woodforest Bank Stadium; Shenandoah, Texas (2013)
- HDL FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas (2014–present)
- Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; 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.
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 17 January 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.
Players and staff
USL Premier Development League roster for the 2014 season:
- As of 15 August 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Executive staff
|Vice President||Robbert Kroeze|
|Business Manager||Dennis Kroeze|
|Technical Director||Marco Pruis|
- Coaching staff
|Head Coach||Marco Pruis|
|Academy Manager||Michiel van de Heijning|
|Manager Camps||Maarten van der Wal|
- Robert Maaskant (2012)
- Hans van Arum (2013)
- Marco Pruis (2014)
|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|
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
- "Houston Dutch Lions: History". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Houston Dutch Lions FC Join USL PDL". USL PDL. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Houston Dutch Lions Announce Official Name Change". Houston Dutch Lions. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Dutch Lions Announce New Coach". USL PDL. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Houston Dutch Lions FC announces new Head Coach PDL team". Houston Dutch Lions. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "HDLFC Soccer Complex". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Dutch Lions Ink 5-Year Partnership". USL PDL. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "USL PDL Team". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
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