Burlington SC

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Full name Burlington Soccer Club
Founded 2013
Ground Nelson Stadium
Burlington, Ontario
Ground Capacity 1, 500
League Canadian Soccer League

Burlington SC are a Canadian soccer club based in Burlington, Ontario. The club was formed in 2013, and is a member of the Canadian Soccer League. Their home matches were played at Nelson Stadium. After three seasons in the CSL the club disbanded their CSL senior team in order to become one of the founding members of the CAF LIKA Supergroup Open Division. After a brief sabbatical from the CSL, Burlington returned for the 2017 season to play in the Second Division.

History[edit]

Burlington SC was formed and joined the Canadian Soccer League on May 2, 2013.[1][2] The announcement made history as Burlington SC became the city's first professional soccer club.[3] The club's inaugural head coach was William Etchu Tabi.[4][5] Tabi constructed a roster mostly with international signings and a few domestic players. Notable acquisitions were Nicholas Lindsay, Judah Hernandez, Nikola Stanojevic, Obrad Dragosavac, Vladimir Vujasinović, Miroslav Bjelos, and Nenad Nikolić.[6][7]

The team made its debut on May 19, 2013, in a match against Kingston FC, where Lindsay recorded the club's historic first goal in a 2–1 defeat.[8] Throughout the season Burlington struggled to maintain a postseason berth, thus failing to secure a playoff berth by finishing tenth in the overall standings. For the 2014 season the club signed more European imports by bringing in Vladimir Vujović, Nenad Simic, and Bojan Stepanović. Burlington improved from their previous season by finishing fifth in the overall standings. Their opponents in the quarterfinals were North York Astros, but they were eliminated from the playoffs by a score of 4–0.[9] At the conclusion of the season Vujasinovic was awarded the CSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.[10]

In 2015, the club for the second year in a row qualified for the playoffs by finishing sixth in the overall standings. In the first round of the postseason Burlington faced the York Region Shooters, but suffered a 4–2 defeat.[11] At the CSL awards banquet Burlington went home with three awards: CSL Goalkeeper of the Year to Andrew Stinger, Stanojevic received the Defender of the Year, and the club received the Fair Play and Respect Award.[12]

In 2016, the league announced that Burlington were not returning for the 2016 season.[13] In 2016, Burlington became one of the founding member of the CAF LIKA Supergroup Open Division.[14] After a one-year absence from the CSL the team returned to the league for the 2017 season in order to compete in the Second Division.[15]

Head coaches[edit]

Years Name Nation
2013–2015 Etchu Tabi, WilliamWilliam Etchu Tabi  Cameroon
2017–present Giannotti, BrunoBruno Giannotti  Italy

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season (Position, W-L-D, Pts) Playoffs
2013[16] First CSL 10th Did not qualify
2014[17] First CSL 5th Quarter-finals
2015[18] First CSL 6th Quarter-finals
2017[19] Second CSL 2nd Finals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "May 2, 2013 CSL--Burlington an Addition While Astros Strengthen for Upcoming Seasons in the Canadian Soccer League (from CSL web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 2, 2013 CSL Press Conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "April 15, 2013 CSL--CSL Will Kickoff [sic] May 3rd (from CSL web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "About Burlington SC | Burlington SC". September 28, 2013. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Burlington's new CSL team still waiting to play first game". www.insidehalton.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ Glover, Robin. "June 9, 2013 CSL--Brampton City United vs Burlington SC (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Player Profiles | Burlington SC". September 28, 2013. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ "May 19, 2013 CSL--details of Sunday game (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ "YORK REGION, ASTROS THROUGH TO SEMIS……Shooters still unbeaten | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Awards | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ "TOP FOUR ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS FOR CSL CHAMPIONSHIP…..2nd Division quarterfinals also decided | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2015 First Division Awards | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ "CSL SET FOR MAY KICKOFF | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "CAF Announces LIKA Supergroup Open Division at Next Gen Presentation | CAF - Canada's Premier Soccer Development Academy League". www.cafsoccer.com. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ Adamson, Stan. "CSL EXPANSION TEAMS VORKUTA AND ROYAL TORONTO GIVE NEW LOOK……End of May kickoff | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ "2013 CSL First Division Standings | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "First Division 2014 Standings | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ "First Division Standings 2015 | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2017 Second Division Standings | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved 2017-10-08.