Junior Lone Star FC

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Junior Lone Star FC
Junior Lone Star FC Badge.jpg
Full name Junior Lone Star Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stars, The Reds
Founded 2001
Stadium Monsignor Bonner High School
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Stadium
capacity
1,500
President Paul Konneh
Head Coach Bobby Ali
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 4th, Keystone Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

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.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Junior Lone Star FC is affiliated with the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the US Club Soccer (USCS).

Colors and Badge[edit]

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[edit]

Records[edit]

Year-by-year (first team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs U.S.
Open Cup
USASA
Open Cup
National
Amateur Cup
Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2011 5 PSSL 8 22 7 0 1 1st, PSSL Champions Did not qualify 1st round, EPSA Did not enter Liberia Bobby Ali Liberia 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 Liberia Bobby Ali Liberia Isaac Jardiah 8 5
2013 4 NPSL 11 19 6 4 1 4th, Keystone Did not qualify Did not qualify Quarterfinals, EPSA Quarterfinals, EPSA Liberia Bobby Ali

Year-by-year (U-23 team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs United States Adult Soccer Association
National U23 Cup
Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2012 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Final, USASA U-23 Region I Liberia Moses Gibson Liberia Menuh Wiah 5 3
2013 5 USCS NAL TBD, Northeast - South Final, USASA U-23 Region I Liberia Moses Gibson

Year-by-year (U-19/20 team)[edit]

Year Division League Record Standings Playoffs US Youth Soccer National Championships Coach Top Scorer
GP Pts W L T Conference Nat. Name Nat. Name GP Goals
2012 6 USL Super-20 6 1 0 5 1 7th, Mid-Atlantic B Did not Qualify Semi-Final, EPYSA Liberia Thomas George Liberia Elijah Ema 5 1
2013 6 USL Super-20 7 17 5 0 2 1st, Mid-Atlantic Quarter-Final, EPYSA Liberia Thomas George

Honors[edit]

  • 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

Stadiums[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive.[4]

  • 2012: 100
  • 2013: to be announced

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Lone Star FC Joins NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Region I crowns U23 Champions". usasa.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ "National Cup Finals Recap". usasa.com. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ http://www.npsl.info/

External links[edit]