Arizona Strikers FC

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Arizona Strikers FC
Arizona Strikers FC logo.svg
Full name Arizona Strikers Football Club
Founded 2013
Dissolved 2015
Ground Desert Sun Stadium
Yuma, Arizona
Capacity 10,000
Owner AGM Soccer Management, LLC
General Manager Ricardo Hinds
Head Coach Manny Arias
League W-League

Arizona Strikers FC was a women's soccer team based in Yuma, Arizona. They played in the Western Conference of the W-League, the second highest tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada.

History[edit]

The team began as the Sedona FC Strikers, based in Sedona, Arizona. [1][2][3] The team moved to Yuma, Arizona and became Arizona Strikers FC on January 3, 2015.[4]

Controversy[edit]

The team chose to sponsor The Desert Sun Clasico for July 14, 2015. It would have featured Club Tijuana against Monarcas Morelia. However, poor attendance as evident by ticket sales lead to the events cancellation. President Manny Arias remarked that "Yuma has a lot of selfish people". That statement ignited the community as few knew of the match due to poor promotion and it is noted the team spent more time in San Luis going unnoticed by much of Yuma. [5] Following the comments their website was taken down and the teams Facebook page was not being updated. A second season in Yuma was now a definite no. [6]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Record Regular Season Playoffs
2014 W-League 0–12–0 8th, Western Conference Did not qualify
2015 W-League 1–11–0 6th, Western Conference Did not qualify

Players[edit]

Final roster[edit]

As of July 11, 2015 [7]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 United States DF Brenda Barniga
1 Mexico GK Esthefanny Barreras
14 Canada DF Jessica Barton
6 United States MF Andrea Bedoya
21 United States MF Kitzel Cota
12 United States FW Celeste Diaz
9 Mexico FW Luz Duarte
7 Mexico FW Elisa Espino
0 United States GK Erika Garcia
15 United States FW Patricia Gomez
18 United States MF Maria Ibarra
13 Mexico MF Olivia Jiménez
17 United States DF Sarena Lapham
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Brielle Leon
17 United States DF Jennifer Larsen
8 United States MF Monica Lubin
3 Mexico FW Edith Navarro
11 United States DF Mariela Ortega
0 United States GK Yazmin Osorio
5 United States DF Abigail Rosales
15 United States MF Marina Schachowskoj
4 United States FW Leilani Skinner
18 United States FW Sheridan Smith
10 United States MF Franchesca Vasquez
2 United States DF Taylor Wheeler

Stadia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sedona FC Strikers Join W-League". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 26, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sedona FC Strikers begin play in May". Jeff Bear. Sedona Red Rock News. December 13, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Arizona based Sedona FC Strikers set to join W League in 2014". Garrett Cleverly. azkicksit.com. November 26, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "W-League woman's soccer team moving to Yuma from Sedona". Chris McDaniel. Yuma Sun. January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Desert Sun Clasico canceled due to low ticket sales". Warner Strausbaugh. Yuma Sun. July 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Club president: No second season for Ariz. Strikers". Cesar Neyoy. Yuma Sun. July 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Arizona Strikers FC Roster". July 11, 2015. Archived from the original on October 29, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2015.