Dayton Dutch Lions

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Dayton Dutch Lions
Dayton Dutch Lions FC logo.svg
Full name Dayton Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s) Dutch Lions
Founded 2009
Stadium Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium; West Carrollton, Ohio [1]
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owners Erik Tammer
Mike Mossel
Head Coach Patrick Bal
League Premier Development League
2015 Regular Season: 5th, Great Lakes
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

Dayton Dutch Lions is an American soccer team based in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. From 2011 to 2014, the team played in the USL Professional Division (USL Pro).[2]

The team plays its home games at the Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium, on the campus of West Carrollton High School in nearby West Carrollton, Ohio.[3] The team's colors are orange, white and blue.

History[edit]

The team is supported by Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente, and is co-owned by Erik Tammer of Tammer Sportmanagement and Mike Mossel of Business and Sports Performance. Tammer is a former professional soccer player in the Netherlands who played for clubs such as Heerenveen and Sparta Rotterdam, while Mossel played in Europe for RBC Roosendaal and Turnhout, and in the USL for the Cincinnati Riverhawks following his graduation from Xavier University.

The team played its first competitive game on May 8, 2010, a 3–3 tie with the Cincinnati Kings. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Eddie Hertsenberg.[4]

On July 8, 2010 the Lions announced that they would be self-promoting to the USL Second Division for the 2011 season, as well as adding a brand new women's team in the USL W-League. During the announcement team owner Mike Mossel said "The promotion to USL-2 and development of a W-League club was just a matter of time. To be the best, we must begin to play among the upper-echelon clubs. We want to set a standard, and I believe we have done that so far in the PDL in our first season. But more importantly, our decision was made with our Premier Academy in mind.".[5] With the merger of the USL First and Second Divisions to form USL Pro in 2011, the Dutch Lions were announced as a founding team.[2]

The Lions reached the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they defeated the MLS Columbus Crew 2–1 in the third round, then defeated the Michigan Bucks in the fourth round in extra time. They were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Sporting Kansas City 3–0.

In 2013, the Lions reached the USL Pro Playoffs for the first time with a record of 10 Wins, 7 Ties and 9 Losses. They lost to the Richmond Kickers 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Gibson Bardsley received Second Team All-League Honors with 9 goals and 7 assists.[6][7]

Stadium[edit]

Club culture[edit]

International partnerships[edit]

On January 17, 2011, the Dutch Lions signed a five-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie champions, FC Twente, to foster development of players, academy teams, training practices, and possibly facilitate loans or transfers of players between the two teams.[8]

Columbus Crew[edit]

On December 19, 2013, the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer announced an affiliation with the Dutch Lions which would begin with the 2014 season. The affiliation meant the opportunity for loans between the two which aim ultimately to improve the quality of play at both clubs. After the Crew's 2014 opener against D.C. United, the Club announced it was sending 5 of its players on loan to the Dutch Lions for the season, including 2013 draft pick, forward Ryan Finley.[9][10]

Supporters[edit]

The main supporters of the Dutch Lions are the Oranje Legion.[11]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Staff[edit]

Executive staff
Position Staff
Owner Erik Tammer
Owner Mike Mossel

Source:[citation needed]

Coaching staff
Position Staff
Head Coach Patrick Bal
Assistant Coach Eric Kissinger
Assistant Coach Bruno Lopes
Assistant Coach Shane Smith
Goalkeeper Coach Catherine Gordon

Source:[citation needed]

Notable former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Rank P W L T GF GA GD PTS Playoffs Open Cup
2010 PDL 3 16 8 3 5 32 20 +12 29 1R
2011 USL Pro 12 24 2 16 6 21 54 -33 12 1R
2012 USL Pro 9 24 4 10 10 20 29 -9 22 QF
2013 USL Pro 8 26 10 9 7 43 46 -3 37 QF 3R
2014 USL Pro 14 28 6 18 4 28 63 -35 22 3R
2015 PDL 5 14 3 9 2 12 30 -18 11

As of 28 July 2015[15]
Rank = Rank in the league; P = Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Playoffs = USL Pro Playoffs; Open Cup = Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
— = Not attended; 1R = 1st round; 2R = 2nd round; 3R = 3rd round; 1/8 = Round of sixteen; QF = Quarterfinals; SF = Semifinals; F = Final.

Top goal scorers[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–2013 14 0 2 16
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012–2014 12 0 3 15
3 Forward Aaron Schoenfeld 2014 12 0 1 13
4 Midfielder Joel DeLass 2011- 8 0 2 10
5 Forward Tjeerd Westdijk 2013 6 0 2 8

As of 5 September 2014

Top assists[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–2013 8 0 1 9
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012–2014 7 0 0 7
3 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011– 4 0 1 5

As of 5 September 2014

Top appearances[edit]

# Pos. Name Career USL Pro Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011- 91 1 10 102
2 Defender Shane Smith 2011- 81 0 9 90
3 Goalkeeper Matt Williams 2012- 78 1 7 85
4 Forward Thomas Garner 2012-2014 66 1 8 75
5 Forward Eric Kissinger 2011 59 0 2 61

As of 5 September 2014

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

  • 2010: 1,274 (6th in PDL)
  • 2011: 560 (only 9 games reported attendance, average taken from those)
  • 2012: 716 (10th in USL Pro)
  • 2013: 699 (only 10 of 14 games reported attendance, average taken from those)
  • 2014: 533 (14th in USL Pro)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Dutch Lions Join USL PRO". www.uslsoccer.com. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ DDL FC play in stadium Bellbrook
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ Dutch Lions Join USL-2
  6. ^ "Dutch Lions Clinch Playoff Berth". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 17, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kickers Edge Past Dutch Lions". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 24, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dutch Lions Ink 5-Year Partnership". www.uslsoccer.com. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Dayton loan goals reflect the future of Columbus prospect | Columbus Crew". thecrew.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  10. ^ "Crew announces affiliate partnership with Dayton Dutch Lions FC of USL PRO | Columbus Crew". thecrew.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Oranje Legion | Independent Supporter's Group for Dayton Dutch Lions FC of USL PRO". oranjelegion.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  12. ^ Sonny Silooy Named Dayton Head Coach
  13. ^ Dutch Lions and Silooy Part Ways
  14. ^ "Dutch Lions Appoint Weston As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "USL Pro Standings". USL. August 2012. 

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