K-W United FC
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|Full name||Kitchener-Waterloo United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Rage, Black and Blue Army|
|Founded||2010 (as Hamilton FC Rage)|
|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.
Hamilton FC Rage was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on February 17, 2011. They played their first competitive game on May 25, 2011, a 2–0 loss to the Toronto Lynx, but won their second game 5–0 over the Ottawa Fury. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Dominic Bell.
Relocation and re-branding
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.
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.
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.
|4||Midfielder||Liam Callahan||United States|
|10||Defender||Ken Krolicki||United States|
|15||Defender||Justin Springer||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|16||Midfielder||Donald Tomlinson||United States|
|17||Midfielder||Darren Rios||Puerto Rico|
Notable former players
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.
|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|
- 2015 PDL Champions
- 2015 Central Conference Champions
- Brett Mosen  (2011–2013)
- Stuart Neely  (2014)
- Chris Pozniak (2015)
- Martin Painter (2016–present)
- Brian Timmis Stadium; Hamilton, Ontario (2011)
- Ivor Wynne Stadium; Hamilton, Ontario (2011) – 1 game
- Ron Joyce Stadium; Hamilton, Ontario (2012)
- University Stadium; Waterloo, Ontario (2013–)
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
- K-W United FC, sister women's team playing in the USL W-League
- SC Waterloo Region
- Hamilton Steelers (disambiguation)
- North American Soccer League
- Major League Soccer
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- "USL welcomes Hamilton FC to Men’s U23 PDL". Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- "Neely Appointed K-W United Head Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014.