Arizona United SC

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Arizona United Soccer Club
Arizona United 2014.svg
Founded 2014
Stadium Peoria Sports Complex
Peoria, Arizona
Ground Capacity 11,333 [1]
Owner Kyle Eng
Head Coach Michael Dellorusso
League USL Pro
2014 Regular Season: 9th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Arizona United Soccer Club is an American professional soccer team based in Peoria, Arizona. Founded in 2014, the team is a member of the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team's colors are Red, Gold & Navy Blue. The team plays their home games at the Peoria Sports Complex. [2][3][4]

History[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Kyle Eng, owner of Arrowhead Advertising, launched the franchise and named it Arizona United SC. It took the place of Phoenix FC, which folded the previous day, in the USL Pro league.[5][6][7][8]

2014 Season[edit]

In just 178 days after the franchise was awarded by the USL Pro, Arizona United hired a front office staff and coach, put together a roster, secured a stadium, played 28 regular season games, reached the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup and was in contention for a playoff spot until the next-to-last week of the season. [9][10]

University of Maryland Assistant Coach Michael Dellorusso was named Head Coach on March 28, 2014.[11][12] United lost their first game to Oklahoma City Energy FC 4-0 on April 12, 2014.[13][14] They defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 for their first win on April 19, 2014. Brandon Swartzendruber scored the teams first ever goal in the 37th minute. FC Dallas loanee Jonathan Top scored the game winner in the 85th minute.[15][16][17]

United won 4 of their last 5 games to move up from 13th place to 9th, but fell 4 points short of qualifying for the playoffs. Jonathan Top and ex-Orlando City standout Long Tan led the team in scoring with 5 goals each. Goalkeeper Evan Newton was second in the league in saves. United finished with a 10-13-5 record. [9]

2014 US Open Cup[edit]

In their first US Open Cup appearance, Arizona United lasted until the Fourth Round, the longest Open Cup run of any Arizona club in history. Entering the tournament in the Second Round, United defeated Portland Timbers U23s of the USL PDL 3-2 in Portland on May 13. They were losing 2-1 late in the game when London Woodberry tied the game in the 88th Minute and Daniel Antúnez scored the winning goal with seconds left in stoppage time. [18][19][20] In the Third Round, United defeated Oklahoma City Energy FC of USL Pro 2-1 in extra time May 28 at Peoria Sports Complex. The game winner was scored by Bradlee Baladez in the 118th Minute and Evan Newton saved a last minute penalty kick awarded to the Energy. [21][22][23] Their Open Cup run ended with a 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy of MLS at home on June 18. [24][25][26]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2014 3 USL Pro 9th Did not qualify Fourth Round 2,395

Supporter groups[edit]

A supporters group called La Furia Roja 1881 / The Red Fury 1881 was organized by members of the local American Outlaws chapter. 1881 refers to the year the City of Phoenix was incorporated. La Furia Roja 1881 have their own section of the Peoria Sports Complex for their use during Arizona United SC games. LFR has nicknamed the supporters section "The Bordello". [27]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of 8/15/2014 [28][29][30]

No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper D'Arrigo, MichaelMichael D'Arrigo      United States
1 Goalkeeper Newton, EvanEvan Newton      United States
2 Defender Ruthven, TylerTyler Ruthven      United States
3 Forward Swartzendruber, BrandonBrandon Swartzendruber      United States
4 Defender Grousis, DevonDevon Grousis      United States
5 Defender Antúnez, DanielDaniel Antúnez      United States
6 Midfielder DelPiccolo, PaoloPaolo DelPiccolo      United States
7 Midfielder Okafor, JonJon Okafor      United States
8 Midfielder Kassel, MattMatt Kassel (Captain)     United States
12 Midfielder Dillon, JoeyJoey Dillon      United States
13 Forward Dacres, KadeemKadeem Dacres      United States
14 Midfielder Saint Cyr, WidnerWidner Saint Cyr      Haiti
16 Midfielder Garza, SamSam Garza      United States
17 Forward Stisser, BradBrad Stisser      United States
20 Defender Toby, JosephJoseph Toby      Sierra Leone
22 Defender Woodberry, LondonLondon Woodberry      United States
23 Defender Morrison, ScottScott Morrison      Scotland
24 Goalkeeper Turner, JacoleJacole Turner      United States
26 Defender Cope, KevinKevin Cope      United States
29 Forward Tan, LongLong Tan      China
30 Midfielder Malki, GeorgeGeorge Malki      United States

Staff[edit]

Front Office[edit]

  • United States Kyle Eng - Owner / President
  • United States Garry Valone - Chief Creative Officer
  • United States Kevin Stevenson - General Manager
  • United States Ron Gilmore - Director of Operations
  • United States Garrett Cleverly - Director of Media Relations & Digital Media
  • United States James Martin - Director of Ticket Operations
  • United States Lucas Miller - Business Operations
  • United States Tommy Hurdle - Account Executive

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • United States Michael Dellorusso - Head Coach
  • United States Austin Daniels - Assistant Coach
  • United States Andy Bonchonsky - Assistant Coach
  • United States Cory Robertson - Goalkeepers Coach

Stadia[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Arizona Hires Dellorusso As Head Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Arizona United Soccer Club loses season opener to Oklahoma City". Mauricio Casillas. ODFCnews.com. April 12, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Energy Take Victory Against United". United Soccer Leagues (USL). April 12, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "United Claims First Victory". United Soccer Leagues (USL). April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Arizona United scores late winner to top Sacramento Republic FC on historic night". Danny Shapiro. ODFCnews.com. April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "AZ United SC breaks through with first victory in franchise history". Brad Cesmat. Sports360AZ.com. April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Arizona United Soccer Club scores three goals in final ten minutes to defeat Portland Timbers U-23s in U.S. Open Cup Round 2". Arizona United SC. May 13, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2014 US Open Cup Round 2: Arizona United’s 3 late goals, game-winner on final kick stuns Portland Timbers U23s, 3-2 (video)". thecup.us. May 14, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Arizona Rallies Past Timbers U-23s". United Soccer Leagues (USL). May 13, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ "2014 US Open Cup Round 3: Arizona United wins battle of USL PRO expansion teams, 2-1 over Oklahoma City Energy". thecup.us. May 29, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Arizona United Soccer Club makes history with U.S. Open Cup win". Arizona United SC. May 28, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  23. ^ "United Advances Past Energy". United Soccer Leagues (USL). May 28, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ "2014 US Open Cup Round 4: LA Galaxy flips second half switch, eliminates Arizona United 2-1 (video)". thecup.us. June 19, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Arizona United SC’s U.S. Open Cup run ends following loss to LA Galaxy". Arizona United SC. June 18, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Galaxy Comes Back vs. Arizona". United Soccer Leagues (USL). June 18, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  27. ^ "La Furia Roja 1881 / The Red Fury 1881 | Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ Arizona United SC Press Releases
  29. ^ "Arizona United SC’s signed players: announced and unannounced". Odeen Domingo. ODFCnews.com. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  30. ^ "FC Dallas loans Jonathan Top to USL PRO side Arizona United". FC Dallas. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.