Houston Leones

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Houston Leones
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Full name Houston Leones
Nickname(s) Leones
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2010
Stadium Soccer World Center
Richmond, Texas
Ground Capacity 4,500
Owner Mexico Juan Carlos Hernández
Head Coach Mexico Cuauhtemoc Rios
League USL Premier Development League
2010 2nd, Mid South
Playoffs: Conference Finals

Houston Leones was an American soccer team based in Houston, Texas, United States. Founded in 2007, the team played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference. The franchise folded at the end of the 2010 season and left the league thereafter.

The team played its home games at the soccer-specific Soccer World Center in nearby Richmond, Texas. The team's colors were blue and white.

The Leones were an official minor league affiliate of Mexican Premier League team Cruz Azul.

History[edit]

The Leones' first season in competition began on a hugely positive note, with a 3-0 opening day victory at home to the New Orleans Shell Shockers in front of 500 fans, and with a squad featuring several junior players from Mexican side Cruz Azul, who were spending time with their new Texan affiliate for match experience; unfortunately, this was something of a false dawn as the men from Richmond lost their next three games on the trot, conceding five goals with no reply. Two more victories in late May, 3-0 over Mississippi Brilla and 2-1 over El Paso Patriots looked to have righted the ship, but this proved to be the last hurrah, as they failed to win another game all season. As June turned into July, the Leones' on-field performances got progressively worse and worse: they lost four close games on the bounce and then, as some of players returned to the Cruz Azul junior team for the beginning of the 2008/09 Mexican Clausura, the second string defence absolutely fell apart.

Players[edit]

Final roster[edit]

This list is a historical record of the final group of players on the last Leones roster for their final game in August 2010. Source: [1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Lukas Simon[1]
2 Gabon DF Florent Wamo[2]
3 United States DF Corey Phillips
4 Brazil DF Felipe Souza[3]
5 United States DF Patrick Zelko[4]
6 England DF Mike James
7 United States MF Carlos Guillen
8 England MF Ashley Richards
9 United States MF Samir Peña[5]
10 Brazil MF Elcio Freitas[6]
11 Serbia MF Ljubomir Kocic
12 United States MF Victor Isidoro
13 United States DF Shane Smith
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Juan Lozoya
15 England MF Jeuel Ventura[7]
16 United States MF Rodrigo Arnoldo Rivas
17 Lebanon FW Jad Masri[8]
18 Gabon FW Michael Wamo[9]
19 United States FW Alexander Rouse[10]
20 United States FW Westin Vallentine[11]
21 Mexico MF Irving Salmeron
22 United States FW Trevor Eastman[12]
24 United States GK Israel Becerra
25 England MF Gary Boughton
United States DF Joshua Hall
United States MF Blake Milton[13]

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.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 4 USL PDL 8th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 7th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid South Conference Finals Did not qualify

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

The Soccer World Center is a 17-acre (69,000 m2) soccer-specific facility which comprises three fields (including a 4,500-seat stadium field that is expandable to 8,000-10,000), and was built by team owner Juan Carlos Hernández.

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.

  • 2008: 294
  • 2009: 166
  • 2010: 112

References[edit]

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