Junior Lone Star FC
|Full name||Junior Lone Star Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Stars, The Reds|
Monsignor Bonner High School|
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
|Head Coach||Bobby Ali|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
4th, Keystone Conference|
Junior Lone Star FC is an American soccer team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2001, the team made its debut in the Northeast Division - Keystone Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in 2012.
Junior Lone Star FC was founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, mainly Liberians, in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the club was founded, most of the team's players were from Liberia; therefore, the founders decided to name the club Junior Lone Star FC after the Liberia national football team.
In 2001, the club had a single team with 11 players but the club has grown over the years with the addition of three teams with over 70 players. In 2012, the First Team will be participating in the National Premier Soccer League; the Reserve Team (U-23) will be participating in the US Club Soccer National Adult League; and the Junior Team (U-19/20) will be participating in the USL Super-20 League.
Junior Lone Star FC won its first major championship in 2008 when the club's U-23 team won the Eastern Pennsylvania State U23 Cup. The club's U23s then represented Eastern Pennsylvania in the 2008 USASA Region I Men's U-23 Cup where they defeated West Chester United SC and FC Delco in the semi-finals and final, respectively. The club's U23s subsequently represented USASA Region I at the 2008 USASA National Men's U-23 Championship where they lost to eventual champions Ela Elite in the semi-finals.
Colors and Badge
Junior Lone Star FC's colors are red, white and blue similar to that of the Liberia national football team . The club's crest is a shield divided into half by the club's name: Junior Lone Star FC. The upper portion of the crest has red and white stripes while the lower portion has a shining white star and the year 2001 within a blue field. The Red/White stripes, blue field and white star is a direct reference to the Flag of Liberia while 2001 is in reference to the year the club was founded.
Notable former players
Year-by-year (first team)
|2011||5||PSSL||8||22||7||0||1||1st, PSSL||Champions||Did not qualify||1st round, EPSA||Did not enter||Bobby Ali||Jerome Pour||8||6|
|2012||4||NPSL||12||12||4||8||0||5th, Keystone||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||1st round, EPSA||Semifinals, EPSA||Bobby Ali||Isaac Jardiah||8||5|
|2013||4||NPSL||11||19||6||4||1||4th, Keystone||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Quarterfinals, EPSA||Quarterfinals, EPSA||Bobby Ali|
Year-by-year (U-23 team)
|Year||Division||League||Record||Standings||Playoffs||United States Adult Soccer Association
National U23 Cup
|2012||N/A||N/A||0||0||0||0||0||N/A||N/A||Final, USASA U-23 Region I||Moses Gibson||Menuh Wiah||5||3|
|2013||5||USCS NAL||TBD, Northeast - South||Final, USASA U-23 Region I||Moses Gibson|
Year-by-year (U-19/20 team)
|Year||Division||League||Record||Standings||Playoffs||US Youth Soccer National Championships||Coach||Top Scorer|
|2012||6||USL Super-20||6||1||0||5||1||7th, Mid-Atlantic B||Did not Qualify||Semi-Final, EPYSA||Thomas George||Elijah Ema||5||1|
|2013||6||USL Super-20||7||17||5||0||2||1st, Mid-Atlantic||Quarter-Final, EPYSA||Thomas George|
- Philadelphia Sierra Soccer League Champions 2011
- EPSA/USASA State Champions 2011
- EPSA/USASA State Champions 2008
- USASA Region I Champions 2008
- USASA National Semifinalist 2008
- Stadium at Monsignor Bonner High School's Turf Stadium; Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania (2013)
- Stadium at Northeast High School's Charles Martin Memorial Stadium; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)
Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive.
- 2012: 100
- 2013: to be announced