Kalamazoo Outrage

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Kalamazoo Outrage
Full name Kalamazoo Outrage
Nickname(s) Outrage
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2010
Stadium Loy Norrix High School
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Ground Capacity 47,256
Owner United States TKO Premier Soccer Club
Head Coach United States Chris Adrian
League USL Premier Development League
2010 8th, Great Lakes
Playoffs: DNQ

Kalamazoo Outrage was an American soccer team based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Founded in 2007, the team played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The franchise folded at the end of the 2010 season and left the league thereafter.[1]

The team played its home games in the stadium on the campus of Loy Norrix High School, where they had played since 2009. The team's colors were blue and white.

The team had a sister organization, the Kalamazoo Outrage Women, who played in the women's USL W-League, and also fielded a team in the USL’s Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.

Outrage were not affiliated with the Kalamazoo Kingdom soccer club, which competed in the PDL for many years until 2006, although Outrage's original head coach, Stu Riddle, was the head coach of Kingdom during its last competitive season.


Kalamazoo Outrage's entry into the PDL was announced in late 2007, just as that season's competition was ending. The club is part of the larger Kalamazoo TKO organization, which has runs men, women's and junior teams in the greater Kalamazoo area for many years. The acronym TKO apparently has no official meaning - it was first coined by a former coach, Paul Wolpert, when he was 11 years old and was part of a group of local Michigan AYSO players who participated in the Adidas Dominos Pizza Soccer Tournament in Lansing, Michigan and called themselves The Kalamazoo Outfit, or TKO for short. Since then, TKO has been used as an acronym for Technical Knock-Out, and even The Killer Oranges, both of which are listed as being correct on the official TKO website.

On November 14, 2007, the club announced a player development deal with one of England's oldest soccer teams, Sheffield Wednesday, who have a history of working with American players (former USA international team player John Harkes played successfully with the Owls in the 1990s, and current international Frank Simek is their current first-choice right-back). The Owls further cemented their link with the Outrage on April 16, 2008, when the Wednesday Academy sent midfielder Scott Ellis to play with Outrage for the 2008 season, the player having impressed head coach Stu Riddle during their educational trip to Wednesday's Middlewood Road training ground in early 2008.

On May 13, 2008 the Outrage took part in the Old Burdicks Challenge Cup, in which they defeated perennial PDL powerhouse Michigan Bucks in their first ever official match. The match, which was dubbed the "Battle of Michigan", was settled on penalty kicks, with the Outrage emerging as 5-4 victors. The scores were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes with former Plymouth Argyle schoolboy Dan Bulley scoring the Outrage's first ever goal. Striker Chase Corricelli scored the winning penalty kick.

Outrage's first weeks in PDL competition were extremely positive: after tying 0-0 with West Virginia Chaos in their opening game, they proceeded to win three of their next four matches, including a comprehensive 4-0 win over 9-man Indiana Invaders, and a 3-2 victory on the return fixture against West Virginia. An unexpected 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cleveland Internationals at the beginning of June notwithstanting, Outrage's impressive form continued through the middle of the summer; three back-to-back wins over Cincinnati Kings, West Michigan Edge and Fort Wayne Fever kept them well in the hunt for the playoffs. A couple of stutters in the run-in, including two home defeats to Indiana and Michigan Bucks, briefly raised the heart rate in Kalamazoo, but a playoff spot was secured following their 5-2 home victory against West Michigan Edge, which featured a hat trick from midfielder Mark Briggs. Outrage entered the playoffs having suffered a 2-1 final day defeat, again to Michigan, but impressively overcame Chicago Fire Premier 2-0 in the Divisional Round to take their place in the Central Conference tournament in Pontiac, Michigan. Against the run of form, Kalamazoo dispatched hot favorites Michigan Bucks 3-1 in their semi final, following a late equalizer from Tom Oatley and two goals in extra time. Despite being beaten 4-0 by eventual national champions Thunder Bay Chill in the Central Conference final, Kalamazoo's impressive debut season bodes well for the future. Mark Briggs was the team's top scorer, with 6 goals. It is also worth nothing that Kalamazoo striker Troy Mellanson played for the Antiguan national team in two of its qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup against Cuba on 17 June 2008, and 22 June 2008.[2]

On September 1, 2010, Outrage announced that they were ceasing operations and would not compete in PDL or W League play in 2011. However, if one listens closely on a quiet night it is said you can hear the crowds of dozens cheering on their beloved Outrage. To this day the spirits of times past haunt the former home of the Outrage. [1]


Final roster[edit]

This list is a historical record of the final group of players on the last Outrage 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
0 United States GK Keenan "Crazy ass" Flynn[3]
1 United States GK Baker Cronin[4]
2 United States DF C. J. Brown[5]
3 United States DF Aaron Henkle[6]
4 United States DF Doug Raak[7]
5 United States DF Blake Schneider[8]
6 England MF David Wood[9]
7 England MF Christopher Darby
8 United States MF Anthony Colaizzi[10]
9 United States MF Matt Schmitt[11]
10 United States MF Robby Lynch[12]
11 United States MF David Parato[13]
12 United States DF Casey Higgason[14]
13 United States MF Nate Norman[15]
14 England MF Daniel Jackson[16]
15 United States MF Charles Schwartz[17]
16 United States MF Matt Reindl[18]
No. Position Player
17 United States FW Jon Rzepka[19]
18 United States MF Brent Rosendall[20]
19 United States MF Heath Somers[14]
20 United States DF Justin Sass[21]
21 United States MF Nathan Schmitt
22 United States MF Noble Sullivan[22]
23 United States FW Dustin Snyder[23]
26 United States MF Chris Adrian
00 United States GK Jeremy Clark[24]
United States GK Phil Boerger[25]
United States MF Nathan Bruinsma[26]
Germany DF Christoph Kaesler[27]
United States MF Luis Lemus[28]
United States FW Shane Lyons[29]
United States DF Ryan Thelen[30]
Jamaica MF Wade Wadsworth[31]
Germany MF Stefan Wolf[32]

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 Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 4 USL PDL 2nd, Midwest Conference Finals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 1st, Great Lakes Divisional Finals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 8th, Great Lakes Did not qualify Did not qualify


  • USL PDL Great Lakes Division Champions 2009

Head coaches[edit]


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: 371
  • 2009: 221
  • 2010: 158


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  2. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Preliminaries: North, Central America and Caribbean - Matches: Cuba 4:0 (2:0) Antigua and Barbuda - FIFA.com
  3. ^ Player Bio: Keenan Flynn - Marquette University Official Athletic Site
  4. ^ Michigan Mens Club Soccer
  5. ^ C.J. Brown - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics
  6. ^ http://www.gozips.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10800&ATCLID=941603
  7. ^ Doug Raak - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics
  8. ^ Evansville Athletics - Blake Schneider - 2009 Men's Soccer
  9. ^ Davenport University - David Wood - 2009 Men's Soccer
  10. ^ Player Bio: Anthony Colaizzi - Marquette University Official Athletic Site
  11. ^ Matt Schmitt Profile - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site
  12. ^ Evansville Athletics - Robby Lynch - 2010 Men's Soccer
  13. ^ David Parato - GoDrakeBulldogs.com—Official Web site of Drake University Athletics
  14. ^ a b Aquinas College :: Athletics
  15. ^ Nate Norman Bio - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
  16. ^ http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/jackson_daniel00.html
  17. ^ Charles Schwartz - GoDrakeBulldogs.com—Official Web site of Drake University Athletics
  18. ^ Matt Reindl Biography - GoDrakeBulldogs.com—Official Web site of Drake University Athletics
  19. ^ Jon Rzepka Profile - UWBadgers.com - The Official Web Site of the Wisconsin Badgers
  20. ^ Brent Rosendall Profile - Louisville Cardinals Official Athletic Site
  21. ^ http://gopurpleaces.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2158&path=msoc
  22. ^ Noble Sullivan Bio - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site
  23. ^ Dustin Snyder - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics
  24. ^ Jeremy Clark Profile - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  25. ^ Evansville Athletics - Phil Boerger - 2010 Men's Soccer
  26. ^ Nathan Bruinsma Bio - The Official Athletics Site of the Western Illinois University Leathernecks
  27. ^ http://www.hlg.edu/athletics/profile.php?id=908
  28. ^ Luis Lemus - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics
  29. ^ Shane Lyons Profile - Oakland University Official Athletic Site
  30. ^ Ryan Thelen Bio - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
  31. ^ http://www.lambutheagles.com/roster/6/2/393.php
  32. ^ http://www1.lynn.edu/index.php?src=directory&srctype=display&id=16553&submenu=SoccerMen&view=SoccerMen_detail&category=Soccer Men Roster
  33. ^ "Outrage Announces ‘09 Head Coach". 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 

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