Having spent the 2010 USL PRO season on hiatus from competitive play, the Wilmington Hammerheads organization returned to the field in 2011. The Wilmington Hammerheads play their home matches at Legion Stadium, where they have played since 2003. The team's colors are sky blue and white. The Hammerheads are under instruction of Head Coach, Englishman David Irving.
The Hammerheads had one championship in 2003, and were a finalist in 2002, losing to the Long Island Rough Riders 2–1. Wilmington found great success in the US Open Cup in their later years, regularly drawing MLS teams in the late rounds. Their most famous result occurred in 2003 when they drew the Dallas Burn, an MLS team, in the middle of a particularly bad year. They shocked the soccer world by defeating the Burn 4–1 at Legion Sports Complex before bowing out to D.C. United 1–0 in the quarterfinal round. The Hammerheads regularly drew well over 2,000 fans per game, and had drawn nearly 5,000 for playoff games. On June 30, 2009, the Hammerheads upset the Chicago Fire in the third round of the 2009 US Open Cup 1–0 at home.
The team returned to the pitch at Legion Stadium for the 2011 USL PRO regular season after their 2010 hiatus due to local businessman Bill Rudisill and a minority ownership group combining their efforts and financial support to the Port City. Following the 2011 USL PRO regular season, the Hammerheads competed in the division semifinals. In 2012, the Hammerheads finished their regular season with an overall record of 10-7-7 After qualifying for playoffs, they defeated both the Richmond Kickers and Orlando City Lions to obtain their spot in the finals versus the Charleston Battery whom took the 2013 USL PRO Championship title at Blackbaud Stadium after defeating the Hammerheads 1-0. The Hammerheads fell short of qualifying for a playoff position following their 2013 regular season.
In September 2013, the Wilmington Hammerheads announced that after three years of dedicated ownership, Bill Rudisill would no longer be majority owner of the team and that George Altirs, CEO of Capelli New York, has taken the role of Wilmington Hammerheads Owner.
In January 2014, the Wilmington Hammerheads entered a developmental partnership deal with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC that would see a minimum of four Toronto players come to Wilmington with the goal of gaining first team experience.
The primary supporters group for the Hammerheads is the Port City Firm. The group was founded in 1997, and stuck together during the team's hiatus year in 2010. The Port City Firm is known as one of the most dedicated and loyal fan groups in the USL Pro League.
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