Minnesota Twin Stars

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Minnesota TwinStars FC
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Full name Minnesota TwinStars FC
Nickname(s) TwinStars FC
Founded 2005
Stadium Mound-Westonka High School
Minnetrista, Minnesota
Ground Capacity ~1,000
President United States Peter Maracotta
Manager Canada Alex Bunbury
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 4th, Midwest-Central
Final Four: DNQ
Current season

Minnesota TwinStars FC is an American soccer team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Founded in 2005, the team plays in National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Midwest Region. Prior to the 2011 season, the team was known as the St. Paul TwinStars FC.

The team played its home games at Augsburg Stadium on the campus of Augsburg College until 2011 and at Prairie Seeds Academy, in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota until 2013. The club currently play at Mound-Westonka High School in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

The TwinStars FC maintain a long-standing relationship with the Hmong community in Minnesota, along with the African community in suburbs such as Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. In the early stages of the team's history, the dominant ethnic group that played on the Twin Stars were Hmong, from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Midwest (now Midwest-Central) division champions two times (2008 and 2009), and National Championship runner-up once (2008), in two NPSL Final Four appearances.

History between the TwinStars FC and other professional clubs around the world have been strong in recent years. Several players have gone on to play professionally in North America and Europe, such as Alex Nyom, Geoffrey Myers, and the Toure brothers; Moussa Toure and Liberian international Ansu Toure. Equatorial Guinean international Francis Mbome arrived to the Minnesota outfit in 2010 and played with them for two years.

The men's team is the senior representative of the Minnesota TwinStars Academy (TSA), which was founded in 2012. The TSA U-16 club was ranked first in Minnesota in 2014, 4th in the region, and 100 Nationally it's second year in existence.

History[edit]

Early success[edit]

2006-2010[edit]

The TwinStars have competed for the Midwest title throughout its existence. Their first taste of success was the 2006 season, where one of their players, Igor Stosic, was named to the NPSL Midwest All-Star team.

They followed up in the 2007 season, by having two of their players names on the All-Star team; Juan Fiz, and 3-time winner (two with the TwinStars) Igor Stosic.

Winning their first Midwest title in 2008, having five of their players named into the Midwest All-Star team, and one of the five, Geoffrey Myers, was named as the 2008 MVP, after scoring 14 goals and five assists in only 12 appearances. Following their triumph in regional competition, the club played in the NPSL Final Four in New York, where they were runners-up in the National tournament.

TwinStars FC won the Midwest title again in 2009, this time having four players named to the Midwest All-Star team. Once again having the league MVP, this time being the 5-time All-Star, Igor Stosic, becoming the most decorated TwinStars FC player in history.

The 2010 season saw the arrival of Equatorial Guinean international Francis Mbome. The TwinStars placed third of six teams in the Midwest division, having an overall record of 5–3–2. For the third season in a row, they had produced the league MVP, this time being former Liberian national team player Richard Kamara.

Developing years[edit]

2011-2013[edit]

The 2013 season saw many players from the youth sides advance into the senior team. 7 of the players who regularly started games for the Twin Stars were in high school; all coming from Prairie Seeds Academy.

2014[edit]

Youssef Darbaki stepped down from the managerial position after eight years. Alex Bunbury, a former Canadian international assumed coaching duties for the 2014 season. Bunbarys' son, Teal Bunbary, plays in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution.[1]

Crest and Colors[edit]

The club crest has been changed several times, usually featuring a dragon, with two stars above a red and black shield. The current crest, featuring a red dragon in front of the black half of the shield, and a black dragon on the red half of the shield, both clutching a soccer ball with two golden stars (hence the name "twin stars") above them, is a modified version of one of the first crests, used in 2005.

Stadiums[edit]

Statistics and records[edit]

All-Star Team Players[edit]

Africa[edit]

Europe[edit]

South America[edit]

  • Argentina Juan Fiz (2007, 2008)

Club MVPs[edit]

Players[edit]

First-team Squad[edit]

as of 10 June 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Matt Elder
2 Liberia DF Moussa Toure
3 United States DF Brian Chapman
4 Morocco DF Hafid Darbaki
5 Liberia DF Emmanuel Brown
6 Mexico DF Roberto Dominguez
7 Morocco FW Mounir Darbaki
8 Honduras FW Samuel Contreras
9 Liberia FW Matthew Nyuah
10 Liberia FW Keido Pour
11 Liberia MF Martin Browne (Captain)
12 Ethiopia MF Isak Gutu
No. Position Player
13 El Salvador FW Carlos Boquin
14 Morocco MF Karim Darbaki
15 Liberia FW Gilbert Ghong
16 Liberia DF Patrick Donyen
17 Guinea FW Adama Keita
18 Guinea MF Oumar Sacko
19 England MF Thomas Corcoran
20 United States MF Nate Engel
21 Guinea MF Alieu Kamara
22 Nigeria MF Michael Egbele
23 Nigeria FW Babatunde Oyekan

Captains[edit]

  • Argentina Juan Fiz (2006-2007)
  • Liberia Richard Kamara (2008-2011)
  • Mali Adama Diawara (2012)
  • Liberia Martin Browne (2013–present)

Current technical staff[edit]

as of 28 April 2014

Position Name
Manager Alex Bunbury
Assistant Coach Wayne Bellamy
Goalkeeper Coach Brian Teske
Technical & Academy Director Youssef Darbaki
TSA Under-18 Coach Mohammed Said
TSA Under-16 Coach Youssef Darbaki

Seasonal statistics[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season National Final Four Open Cup
2005 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter
2006 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter
2007 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter
2008 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest Runner-up Did not enter
2009 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest Semifinalists Did not enter
2010 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter
2011 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter
2012 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-Central Did not qualify Did not enter
2013 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-Central Did not qualify Did not enter
2014 4 NPSL 5th, Midwest-Central Did not qualify Did not enter

Managers[edit]

Honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Former Players Abroad[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revolution acquires forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting KC". revolutionsoccer.net. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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