Springfield Demize

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Springfield Demize
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Full name Springfield Demize
Nickname(s) Demize
Founded 2006
Stadium Cooper Sports Complex
Springfield, Missouri
Ground Capacity 2,500
Owner Eric Cantu
Head Coach Ian Henry
League USL Premier Development League
2014 4th, Heartland
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Springfield Demize is an American soccer team based in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference.

The team plays its home games at the Cooper Sports Complex,[1] where they have played since 2011. The team's colors are white and navy blue.

Demize also fields an indoor team in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier). The indoor team played in the PASL-Pro for the 2010-2011 season as part of the Frontier Division.

History[edit]

Springfield Demize was born out of the ashes of the old Springfield Storm franchise, which had relocated to Glendora, California to become Los Angeles Storm at the end of the 2006 season. The ownership group of the Storm franchise, which included local businessman Doug Fiester and former professional players Chris Hanlon, Armen Tonianse, and Brett Thomas, launched the new team in early 2007, and began play that year.

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.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of June 8, 2011.[2]

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 Kyle Hoard
1 United States GK Stephen Conner[3]
2 United States MF Joey Ekstam
3 Australia DF Martin Narvaez
4 England DF James Neighbour[4]
5 United States FW Jonathan Hinds[5]
6 Australia MF Oscar Narvaez[6]
7 United States DF Michael Gow[7]
8 Republic of Ireland MF Peter Higgins[8]
9 United States FW Jose Esparza
10 Brazil MF Atila Mota
11 United States DF Jacob Rutledge[9]
12 United States DF Matthew Walton
13 England FW Mark Farrow
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Gregori Robinson
15 England MF Craig Rogers
16 Scotland MF Andrew Livingston
17 United States FW Benjamin Moore
18 United States FW Chris Anzalone[10]
19 United States DF Michael Langford[11]
20 United States DF Oscar Zaleya[12]
21 Ivory Coast MF Gerard Konan
24 Argentina MF Juan Maffey
00 United States GK Nikolas Markos[13]
United States DF Brent Helton[14]
United States DF Travis Hybiak
United States MF Robin Martinez
United States DF Brad Moser

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-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2007 4 USL PDL 6th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 6th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 7th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 6th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 7th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 4th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 6th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 4th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[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.

  • 2007: 224
  • 2008: 224
  • 2009: 138
  • 2010: 193

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