The team started 2007 quite strongly, winning two of their first four games (3-1 over Colorado Rapids U23's and 3-2 over St. Louis Lions), but quickly found life in the PDL difficult. June was tough for the team, losing five of their seven games, and conceding nine goals in their three matches against Thunder Bay Chill; their final points of the season came with a 3-1 win over Sioux Falls Spitfire on June 23. As if early elimination from the playoff race wasn't enough, July saw the team suffer two 8-0 demolitions by Des Moines Menace and in the last game of the season at St. Louis Lions, bringing a difficult freshman year to an ignominious close. Demize eventually finished sixth in the Heartland Division, a full 21 points behind champions Thunder Bay Chill. Brett Thomas was the team's top scorer, although he only tallied three goals.
If 2007 was difficult for Demize, then 2008 was the stuff of which soccer nightmares are made. Beginning with their 2-0 opening day defeat to Colorado Rapids U23's, Springfield's season was an uphill battle to maintain sporting respectability in the face of overwhelmingly better opposition. The team managed to score just 8 goals all season, and were regularly on the receiving end of some gratuitously large scorelines at the hands of their opponents. Des Moines Menace beat them 7-0 in just the second game of the season; Colorado Rapids U23's put another 6 past them in mid-June; the St. Louis Lions beat them 4-0 in mid-July, and they were outclassed 5-1 by the eventual national champions Thunder Bay Chill in the penultimate game of the season. Their visit to Springfield was a bright moment in the Demize season with the home team leading the game 1-0 until the 88th minute, only for the Thunder Bay Chill to score two late goals to take all three points. Demize didn't manage to tally a single point all year, losing all of their 16 games; the closest they came to getting points on the board was the 3-2 defeat to St. Louis Lions in early July, when they were 2-1 ahead at the half, but allowed St. Louis to come back and score their winner 8 minutes from time. Daniel Foerster, Nebojsa Opacic and Brett Thomas were Demize's token top scorers, with two goals each.
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.