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|
|2017||2nd, Great Lakes Division|
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
K–W United FC was a Canadian soccer team based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2010 as Hamilton Rage FC, the team played 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.
An announcement in February 2018 stated that the team would no longer be part of the Premier Development League. The team's president Barry Maclean did not make any comment to the news media. He did, however, share the specifics about the team's demise with NSXI. The most recent content on the K–W United FC Web site in July 2018 was dated October 2017.
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.
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.
- Anthony Di Biase
- Evan James
- Alex Mitchell
- Jay Chapman
- Ben Polk
- A.J. Cochran
- Zachary Ellis-Hayden
- Jordan Murrell
- Julian Büscher
- Niki Budalic
- Sergio Camargo
- Øyvind Alseth
- Ken Krolicki
|Hamilton FC Rage|
|2011||4||PDL||6th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify|
|2012||4||PDL||7th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify|
|K–W United FC|
|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|
|2017||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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