Junior Lone Star FC

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Junior Lone Star FC
Junior Lone Star FC Badge.jpg
Full name Junior Lone Star Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stars, The Reds
Founded 2001
Ground Monsignor Bonner High School
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 500
President Liberia Paul Konneh
Head Coach Liberia Bobby Ali
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 4th, Keystone Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

Junior Lone Star FC is an American soccer team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2001, the team made its debut in the Northeast Division - Keystone Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Junior Lone Star FC was founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, mainly Liberians, in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the club was founded, most of the team's players were from Liberia; therefore, the founders decided to name the club Junior Lone Star FC after the Liberia national football team.

In 2001, the club had a single team with 11 players but the club has grown over the years with the addition of three teams with over 70 players. In 2012, the First Team will be participating in the National Premier Soccer League; the Reserve Team (U-23) will be participating in the US Club Soccer National Adult League; and the Junior Team (U-19/20) will be participating in the USL Super-20 League.

Junior Lone Star FC won its first major championship in 2008 when the club's U-23 team won the Eastern Pennsylvania State U23 Cup. The club's U23s then represented Eastern Pennsylvania in the 2008 USASA Region I Men's U-23 Cup where they defeated West Chester United SC and FC Delco in the semi-finals and final, respectively.[2] The club's U23s subsequently represented USASA Region I at the 2008 USASA National Men's U-23 Championship where they lost to eventual champions Ela Elite in the semi-finals.[3]

Junior Lone Star FC is affiliated with the United States Youth Soccer Association(USYSA), the United States Adult Soccer Association(USASA) and the US Club Soccer(USCS).

Colors and Badge[edit]

Junior Lone Star FC's colors are red, white and blue similar to that of the Liberia national football team . The club's crest is a shield divided into half by the club's name: Junior Lone Star FC. The upper portion of the crest has red and white stripes while the lower portion has a shining white star and the year 2001 within a blue field. The Red/White stripes, blue field and white star is a direct reference to the Flag of Liberia while 2001 is in reference to the year the club was founded.

Players and Staff[edit]

Current First Team Roster[edit]

  • Player also on Reserves/U23 Squad

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of June 1, 2013.[4]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Dunor*, AnthonyAnthony Dunor*      Liberia
3 Midfielder Jappah*, Joe-JoeJoe-Joe Jappah*      Liberia
4 Defender Mayah, MohammedMohammed Mayah      Liberia
5 Defender Fahnboto*, SamuelSamuel Fahnboto*      Liberia
6 Midfielder Ayouba, FaneFane Ayouba      Ivory Coast
7 Midfielder Zoegar, ConstanceConstance Zoegar      Liberia
8 Midfielder Mulbah*, HarrisHarris Mulbah*      Liberia
9 Forward Pour, JeromeJerome Pour      Liberia
10 Forward Wiah*, MenuhMenuh Wiah*      Liberia
11 Midfielder Kamara, SelekieSelekie Kamara      Liberia
12 Defender Geayea*, JamesJames Geayea*      Guinea
13 Defender Zoegar*, AbaAba Zoegar*      Liberia
14 Midfielder Torh, MitchellMitchell Torh      Liberia
15 Defender Dosso, AboubakarAboubakar Dosso      Ivory Coast
16 Goalkeeper Banto*, JeffersonJefferson Banto*      Liberia
17 Defender Gaye, EdwardEdward Gaye      Liberia
18 Goalkeeper Monyan, PrincePrince Monyan      Liberia
19 Defender Sheriff, AmadouAmadou Sheriff      Liberia
20 Midfielder Dunor, BlamaBlama Dunor      Liberia
21 Defender Fofana, IdrissIdriss Fofana      Liberia
22 Defender Fofana, AmaduAmadu Fofana      Liberia
23 Forward Camara*, MohamedMohamed Camara*      Guinea
24 Forward Jackson, MosesMoses Jackson      Liberia
25 Midfielder Turay, FatomaFatoma Turay      Sierra Leone
26 Forward Coulibaly, AboubakarAboubakar Coulibaly      Ivory Coast
28 Forward Doe, DanDan Doe      Liberia
29 Forward Goodluck, EbereEbere Goodluck      Nigeria
30 Midfielder Gwanzura, TinasheTinashe Gwanzura      Zimbabwe
31 Defender Freitas*, DodjiDodji Freitas*      Togo
32 Defender Kanneh, SulaimanSulaiman Kanneh      Sierra Leone
33 Defender Conteh*, MohamedMohamed Conteh*      Sierra Leone
35 Midfielder Aly, AlhajiAlhaji Aly      Liberia
37 Forward Jarwee, BillBill Jarwee      Liberia
39 Forward Ba, SeydouSeydou Ba      Mauritania
44 Defender N'Guessan*, KouassiKouassi N'Guessan*      Ivory Coast
80 Midfielder Brown, LawrenceLawrence Brown      Liberia
92 Forward Jardiah, IsaacIsaac Jardiah      Liberia
99 Midfielder Wright, JustinJustin Wright      Liberia
1 Goalkeeper Ibrahima*, ToureToure Ibrahima*      Ivory Coast

Current Reserve Team Roster (U-23)[edit]

As of January 27, 2012.[5]This list shows players who are on the Reserve Team. These players sometimes play on the Senior Team.

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

No. Position Player
Liberia GK Jefferson Banto[6]
Togo DF Dodji Freitas[7]
Liberia DF Usufu Johnson[8]
Liberia DF Samuel Fahnboto
Liberia DF Joe Sandi
Liberia DF Biko Zoegar
Liberia MF George Dougba[9]
Liberia MF Varney Vincent
Liberia MF Solomon Zoegar
No. Position Player
Liberia MF Emmanuel Weeks
Liberia FW Guy Sikpa[10]
Liberia FW Evans Kokolee
Liberia FW Suah Saye
Liberia FW David Warlea
Guinea FW Alhaji Ali
Liberia FW Ali Bamba
United States FW Zachary Fernberger
Liberia FW Martin Gartei

Current Junior Team Roster(U-19/20)[edit]

As of January 27, 2012.[11]This list shows players who are on the Junior Team. These players sometimes play on the Reserve Team and or Senior Team.

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

No. Position Player
Liberia GK Ryan Johnson
Liberia DF Sekou Konneh[12]
Liberia DF Hamed Badini
Liberia DF Mohamed Mansaray
Liberia DF Sallen Woewiyu
Liberia MF Teddie Akoi
Liberia MF Abu Donzo
Liberia MF Deron Joe
Guinea MF Tahirou Konneh
Liberia MF Avis McGill
Liberia MF Edward Slueue[13]
No. Position Player
Liberia FW Chea Fineboy[14]
Liberia FW Davis Deahon
Liberia FW Elijah Ema
Nigeria FW Willie Geebli
Liberia FW Vlendy Eric Slueue
Liberia FW Cee Brown
Liberia FW Ansumana Kromah
Liberia FW Daniel Doboyoo
Liberia FW Justin Kamara
Liberia FW Steven McGee
Liberia FW Benjamin Richards

Notable former players[edit]

Current Staff[edit]

  • Liberia Bobby Ali Head Coach
  • Liberia Moses Gibson First Assistant Coach/Reserve Team Head Coach
  • Ghana Michael Tuffour Assistant Coach
  • Liberia Kara Smith U19/20 Youth Coordinator
  • Liberia Thomas George U19/20 Team Head Coach
  • Liberia Notle Jolo U19/20 Team Assistant Coach
  • Liberia Felix Zeon Equipment Manager

Records[edit]

Year-by-year (First Team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs U.S.
Open Cup
USASA
Open Cup
National
Amateur Cup
Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2011 5 PSSL 8 22 7 0 1 1st, PSSL Champions Did not qualify 1st round, EPSA Did not enter Liberia Bobby Ali Liberia Jerome Pour 8 6
2012 4 NPSL 12 12 4 8 0 5th, Keystone Did not qualify Did not qualify 1st round, EPSA Semifinals, EPSA Liberia Bobby Ali Liberia Isaac Jardiah 8 5
2013 4 NPSL 11 19 6 4 1 4th, Keystone Did not qualify Did not qualify Quarterfinals, EPSA Quarterfinals, EPSA Liberia Bobby Ali

Year-by-year (U-23 Team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs United States Adult Soccer Association
National U23 Cup
Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2012 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Final, USASA U-23 Region I Liberia Moses Gibson Liberia Menuh Wiah 5 3
2013 5 USCS NAL TBD, Northeast - South Final, USASA U-23 Region I Liberia Moses Gibson

Year-by-year (U-19/20 Team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs US Youth Soccer National Championships Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2012 6 USL Super-20 6 1 0 5 1 7th, Mid-Atlantic B Did not Qualify Semi-Final, EPYSA Liberia Thomas George Liberia Elijah Ema 5 1
2013 6 USL Super-20 7 17 5 0 2 1st, Mid-Atlantic Quarter-Final, EPYSA Liberia Thomas George

Honors[edit]

  • Philadelphia Sierra Soccer League Champions 2011
  • EPSA/USASA State Champions 2011
  • EPSA/USASA State Champions 2008
  • USASA Region I Champions 2008
  • USASA National Semifinalist 2008

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at National Premier Soccer League.

  • 2012: 100
  • 2013: to be announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Lone Star FC Joins NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Region I crowns U23 Champions". usasa.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ "National Cup Finals Recap". usasa.com. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Players | Columbus Crew". TheCrew.com. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Junior Lone Star FC Reserve Team Roster". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Player Bio: Jefferson Banto". Manor College. National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Player Bio: Dodji Freitas". Holy Family University Athletics. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Player Bio: Usufu Johnson". Manor College. National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Player Bio: George Dougba". Wilmington University Athletics. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Player Bio: Guy Sikpa". Penn State Abington Athletics. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Junior Lone Star FC Junior Team Roster". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Player Bio: Sekou Konneh". Penn State Berks Athletics. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Player Bio: Edward Slueue". Mount Olive University Athletics. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Player Bio: Chea Fineboy". Manor College. National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 

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