New York Centaurs

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New York Centaurs/Fever
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Full name New York Centaurs (1995)
New York Fever (1994-96)
Nickname(s) Centaurs, Fever
Founded 1994
Dissolved 1996
Ground Downing Stadium
Randall's Island, New York
Ground Capacity 22,000
Owner(s) United States Roger Gorevic
England Bob Butler
General Manager United States Len Roitman
League USL A-League

The New York Centaurs were an A-League professional soccer club, based in New York City. The team played only one season in 1995. The New York Fever of the USISL Pro League, debuted in 1994, playing two seasons in the league before merging with the Centaurs organization in 1996. The unified New York Fever team competed in one season in the A-League in 1996 before folding.

The Fever originally played out of Barrett Stadium on the campus of Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.

The Centaurs played their games at Downing Stadium on Randall's Island, the former home of the New York Cosmos.

History[edit]

The saga of the New York Centaurs/Fever began in 1994 when English businessman Bob Butler launched the first pro soccer club in the New York City area since the NASL New York Cosmos of the 1970s and 1980s. Butler founded the New York Fever as a USISL Pro League team in 1994 with the objective of building a robust franchise and soccer training center for the large and untapped population and youth of New York City. The team's coach was George Vizvary.[1]

The New York Centaurs, owned by Roger Gorevic, debuted in 1995 at Downing Stadium to considerably small fanfare.[2] The Centaurs started their season under coach Len Roitman, who would step down amid poor results to focus on his role as general manager, making way for former Cosmos star midfielder, Yugoslavian Vladislav Bogicevic.[3] The team would absorb the lower tiered New York Fever for the 1996 season and compete under the Fever name. For the 1996 season, Goervic brought in Tom Neale to be the team's General Manager. Neale in turn brought in Mike Winograd, his college roommate and teammate at Lafayette College, to head up ticket sales, marketing and team development. After one season, Gorevic moved the franchise to Staten Island and tapped Neale and Winograd to start up a new team there. The franchise was renamed the Staten Island Vipers, which began play in the A-League in 1998. Neale ultimately went on to be General Manager of the San Jose Earthquakes and COO of the New York Metrostars of MLS, and Winograd, a former professional soccer player in Kfar Saba, Israel and assistant soccer coach at the University of Richmond, went on to law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

Players[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Ownership & Staff[edit]

  • United States Len Roitman - General Manager (1995–96)
  • United States Howard Rubenstein - Director of Field Operations

Head coaches[edit]

A-League New York Centaurs/Fever Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1995 2 A-League 6th Did not qualify Quarterfinals
1996 2 A-League 6th Did not qualify Did not qualify

Ownership & Staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

USISL New York Fever Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1994 N/A USISL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not enter
1995 N/A USISL Pro League 1st, Capital Sizzling Nine Did not qualify

See also[edit]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Soccer Comes to the County". The New York Times. 1994-05-08. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Maradonna Wannabes". New York Magazine. 1995-05-22. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Bogicevic to Coach Centaurs". New York Times. 1995-07-12. Retrieved 2010-12-21.