K-W United FC

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K-W United FC
K-W United FC logo.svg
Full name Kitchener-Waterloo United Football Club
Nickname(s) Rage, Black and Blue Army
Founded 2010 (as Hamilton FC Rage)
Ground University Stadium
Waterloo, Ontario
Ground Capacity 6,000
President Barry MacLean
Head coach Martin Painter
League Premier Development League
2016 2nd, Great Lakes Division
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
Website Club home page

K-W United FC is a Canadian soccer team based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2010 as Hamilton Rage FC, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American & Canadian soccer pyramid, in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.

The team previously played its home games at Brian Timmis Stadium and Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, but has played its games since 2013 at University Stadium in Waterloo, Ontario, after the club was moved by new owners to Kitchener-Waterloo and renamed following the 2012 season.[1]

Original Hamilton FC logo

The men's team also has a sister women's team, K-W United FC, who play in the USL W-League, but has no affiliation with SC Waterloo Region.

History[edit]

Hamilton FC Rage was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on February 17, 2011.[2] They played their first competitive game on May 25, 2011, a 2–0 loss to the Toronto Lynx,[3] but won their second game 5–0 over the Ottawa Fury. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Dominic Bell.[4]

Relocation and re-branding[edit]

Following the 2012 PDL season, the club was sold, renamed K-W United FC and relocated to Kitchener-Waterloo due to low attendance numbers in Hamilton since the club's inception in 2011. The club has no affiliation with SC Waterloo Region, who also plays in the area.[1]

In 2015, after finishing 2nd in the competitive Great Lakes Division, they became PDL Champions in the playoffs, defeating New York Red Bulls U-23 on August 2 in the final played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington, 4–3, with goals from Ben Polk, Joel Perez, Jarek Whiteman-Asiamah, and Juuso Pasanen.[5][6]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mark Haynes  Canada
3 Defender Adam Polakiewicz  Canada
11 Midfielder Wesley Cain  Canada
15 Defender Justin Springer  Saint Kitts and Nevis
16 Midfielder Donald Tomlinson  United States
19 Defender Kamal Miller  Canada
20 Midfielder Munir Saleh  Canada
22 Defender Ken Krolicki  United States
24 Goalkeeper Dayne St.Clair  Canada
Midfielder Liam Callahan  United States
Midfielder Darren Rios  Puerto Rico
Defender Charles Novoth  England
Midfielder Jannik Loebe  Germany
Forward Johannes Pieles  Germany
Midfielder Janos Loebe  Germany
Defender Tahrik Rodriques  Canada
Midfielder Michael Halapir  Canada
Midfielder Jon Fraser  England
Forward Mohammed Aborig  Libya
Forward Tomasz Skublak  Canada
Forward Sameer Fathazada  Canada

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2011 4 PDL 6th, Great Lakes Did not qualify
2012 4 PDL 7th, Great Lakes Did not qualify
2013 4 PDL 4th, Great Lakes Did not qualify
2014 4 PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals
2015 4 PDL 2nd, Great Lakes PDL Champions
2016 4 PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals

Honors[edit]

  • 2015 PDL Champions
  • 2015 Central Conference Champions

Head coaches[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20060319215614/http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.[better source needed]

  • 2011: 168 (as Hamilton)
  • 2012: 135
  • 2013: 705 (first season as Kitchener)
  • 2014: 306
  • 2015: 250
  • 2016: 350

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Region scores two new professional soccer teams". www.TheRecord.com. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton FC Rage Joins PDL". Uslsoccer.com. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ Dave Rowaan (August 3, 2015). "KW United win club's first ever PDL Championship". WakingTheRed.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Paul Kennedy (August 3, 2015). "Ontario's K-W United FC takes PDL crown". SoccerAmerica.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.uslpdl.com/stats/team_instance/2574603?subseason=376352&tab=team_instance_player_stats&tool=2338250
  8. ^ "USL welcomes Hamilton FC to Men's U23 PDL". Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Neely Appointed K-W United Head Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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