Kingston FC

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Kingston FC
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Founded 2011 (as Prospect Football Club)
Ground Queen's University West Campus Field, Kingston, Ontario
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Lorne Abugov
Head Coach Colm Muldoon
League Canadian Soccer League
2012 Inaugural Season
Website Club home page

Kingston FC were a Canadian soccer team based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The team was awarded a franchise in 2011 as a member of the Canadian Soccer League, and participated in the league for three seasons, 2012 to 2014. In February 2015, Kingston FC formally announced that it had withdrawn from the Canadian Soccer League for the 2015 season. Furthermore, the Club announced that it had made application to the new League1 Ontario for a new professional team that will play in Belleville, Ontario.[1]

Effective April 1, 2015, the Club has renamed itself the Quinte-Belleville Royals (QBR) Soccer Club, and intends to field a men's professional team in League1 Ontario in 2016 and a woman's professional team in 2017, also in League1 Ontario.

During its three seasons in the CSL, the club fielded two teams, a 1st Division professional team, Kingston FC and a Reserve 2nd Division semi-professional team, Kingston FC Reserve. The club began play on May 5, 2012 in their inaugural CSL season and played their home games at the Queen's University West Campus Turf Field, located at Johnson Street and John A. Macdonald Boulevard in Kingston.

On February 28, 2015, the Canadian Soccer League announced in a press release that Kingston FC would not be returning for the 2015 season.[2]

History[edit]

The club was formed by Jimmy Hamrouni and debuted under the name Prospect FC. The club began play in the Reserve Division of the Canadian Soccer League in 2011, however they played most of their games as double headers in Maple, Ontario rather than in Kingston.[3][4] In 2012, Prospect FC was promoted to the First Division, and changed the team name to Kingston FC.[5] Hamrouni also held the responsibilities of head coach, and acquired the likes of Guyanese International Julien Edwards, Vitaliy Sidorov, Mademba Ba, Ryan McCurdy, and Antonios Assaad. The club made its First Division debut on May 5, 2012 in a 2-0 victory over TFC Academy.[6] After coaching eight matches team majority owner and head coach Jimmy Hamrouni citing business and personal reasons announced his resignation as head coach, and sold his share to Lorne Abugov and Joe Scanlon. The new owners announced the signing of Colm Muldoon as head coach.[7] The club finished near the bottom of the standings in both the first and second divisions.

Guyanese international Taylor Benjamin played with Kingston FC during their regular season championship run.

In preparations for the 2013 CSL season the organization first act was to extend head coach Muldoon contract.[8]Muldoon constructed a roster with a mixture of college, and players with professional experience. Notable additions to the roster were Jaroslav Tesař, Kenny Caceros, Cătălin Lichioiu, Jason Massie, Taylor Benjamin, Akil DeFreitas, Lukáš Bajer, and Stephane Assengue. His signings proved successful as the club enjoyed a remarkable turnaround within the CSL 1st Division, clinching the CSL regular season championship on September 29 with a 5–3 road win in Burlington. Both the First and Reserve division teams qualified for the 2013 CSL playoffs, the first post-season play ever in the history of Kingston FC. The Reserves dropped a 1–0 decision away to Toronto Croatia Reserves in the CSL quarter-finals. Kingston FC's first Division team, however, won home quarter-final and semi-final encounters against Serbian White Eagles (2–1) and London City (4–2), respectively, before losing the CSL Playoff Championship Final by a 3–1 score to SC Waterloo in Niagara Falls on November 3, 2013.[9][10][11][12] At the conclusion of the season Guillaume Surot won the CSL Golden Boot Award, CSL MVP Award, and the Rookie of the Year.[13] While Muldoon won the CSL Coach of the Year, and Mademba Ba won the CSL 2 Golden Boot award.[14]

Muldoon added international experience to the roster for the 2014 season. Acquiring Kenyan international Adam Shaban as well as Paul Willis, and Stephen Hindmarch both with European soccer experience.[15][16] Kingston FC opened its 2014 CSL Training Camp in Kingston on April 22, 2014, and kicked-off its third and final season of operation in the CSL with a road game against York Region Shooters. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, the Kingston FC Reserves clinched first place and on the strength of an 18-game unbeaten streak clinched the CSL 2nd Division league championship, the second CSL championship for the Club in the last two seasons. The Reserves' 18 game consecutive unbeaten streak included a 12 win, 1 loss and 3 draw record for 39 points and a sweep of three CSL playoff games. The Kingston FC 1st Division team clinched home field advantage in the CSL playoffs finishing the regular season in third place, with an 8 win, 6 loss and 4 draw record, for 28 points. The 1st Division team lost a heart-breaking semi final encounter on the road to Toronto Croatia, 2-1 conceding an 89th-minute goal against the run of play to narrowly miss a second consecutive berth in the CSL Championship Final.[17] Both the Kingston FC 1st Division and 2nd Division teams led their respective divisions in goals scored, and striker Mademba Ba led all CSL scorers with 31 2nd division goals and 7 1st Division goals to take the CSL Golden Boot award.[18]The club also was awarded the CSL Fair Play and Respect award.[19]After the de-sanctioning of the CSL by the Canadian Soccer Association, Kingston withdrew from the league in hopes of securing a franchise in the newly formed League1 Ontario.[20]

2014 schedule - Kingston FC 1st Division Team[edit]

Date Location Time Opponent Result Record (W/L/T)
May 25 St. Joan of Arc Field 6:30 PM York Region Shooters
2-3
0 / 1 / 0
May 31 Queen's West Campus Field 6:45 PM Niagara United
2–1
1 / 1 / 0
June 8 Esther Shiner Stadium 3:30 PM North York Astros
3-3
1 / 1 / 1
June 15 Queen's West Campus Field 1:00 PM SC Waterloo
4–4
1 / 1 / 2
June 21 Hershey Turf Field 7:00 PM Toronto Croatia
4-3
2 / 1 / 2
June 29 Queen's West Campus Field 1:00 PM Burlington SC
1-2
2 / 2 / 2
July 5 Queen's West Campus Field 6:45 PM Brampton City United
4–1
3 / 2 / 2
July 19 Queen's West Campus Field 6:45 PM Serbian White Eagles
0-1
3 / 3 / 2
July 26 Kalar Sports Park 7:00 PM Niagara United
4-0
4 / 3 / 2
August 3 Queen's West Campus Field 1:00 PM North York Astros
1-2
4 / 4 / 2
August 15 Hellenic Com Centre 8:30 PM London City
2–2
4 / 4 / 3
August 24 Nelson Stadium 8:00 PM Burlington SC
4–0
5 / 4 / 3
August 31 Queen's West Campus Field 1:00 PM London City
3–5
5 / 5 / 3
September 7 Warrior Field 7:00 PM SC Waterloo
2-4
5 / 6 / 3
September 13 Lamport Stadium 7:00 PM Serbian White Eagles
3-1
6 / 6 / 3
September 21 Queen's West Campus Field 1:00 PM Toronto Croatia
5-4
7 / 6 / 3
September 27 Queen's West Campus Field 6:45 PM York Region Shooters
2-2
7 / 6 / 4
October 5 Terry Fox Ching Park 2:30 PM Brampton City United
1-0
8 / 6 / 4
October 11 (CSL Quarter-Final Playoffs) Queen's West Campus Field 6:15 PM Serbian White Eagles
3-0
9 / 6 / 4
October 18 (CSL Semi-Final Playoffs) Hershey Turf Field 4:30 PM Toronto Croatia
1-2
9 / 7 / 4

Note: Bold indicates home games

Final staff[edit]

Position Nationality Name
Chairman and general manager  CAN Lorne Abugov
President  CAN Joseph Scanlon
First team head coach  IRL Colm Muldoon
First team assistant coach  CAN Mike Akai
Reserve team head coach  CAN Thomas Moran
Team goalkeeper coach  JPN Yasuto Hoshiko
Media and public relations  CAN Joseph Scanlon
Intern, game and training operations  CAN Anna Krzemien
Team physiotherapist  CAN Catherine MacLeod
Team kinesiologist  CAN Scott McAllister
Team trainer  CAN Amy Cornett
Team doctor  CAN Dr. Jennifer Hacking
Manager, Social Media  CAN Rob Denaburg

Former coaches[edit]

Years Name Nation
2011-2012 Jimmy Hamrouni  Tunisia
2012-2014 Colm Muldoon  Ireland

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2013

Year-by-Year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs
2011 2nd Division East Canadian Soccer League 7th DNQ
2012 First Division Canadian Soccer League 14th DNQ
2012 Second Division Canadian Soccer League 11th DNQ
2013 First Division Canadian Soccer League 1st Q
2013 Second Division Canadian Soccer League 8th Q
2014 First Division Canadian Soccer League 3rd Q
2014 Second Division Canadian Soccer League 1st Q

Stadium[edit]

Kingston FC played its home games on artificial turf at the Queen's University West Campus Field, located in Kingston at the corner of Johnson Street and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, just west of the Queen's University Main Campus. With bleacher seating of 600 supporters, the West Campus turf field provided Kingston FC with a central Kingston home field accessible to young fans and families. The successor club, the Quinte-Belleville Royals Soccer Club intends to take the field in 2016 and to play its home games in League1 Ontario on the artificial turf field at M.A. Sills Park on Palmer Road in Belleville.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "End of an Era for Kingston FC as Pro Club Departs the Canadian Soccer League". April 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Expansion Clubs Boost CSL First Division". February 28, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "United dump Prospect FC for league-best record". Niagara This Week. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 5, 2011 CSL--CSL Pre-season Press Conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ Graham, Doug. "Signs of life for soccer club". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ "May 5th, 2012--TFC ACADEMY TAKE CSL OPENER... Well played encounter at Kingston (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  7. ^ Lea, Michael. "Kingston FC gets new coach". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Kingston FC Re-Signs Colm Muldoon as Head Coach - Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club". Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  9. ^ "October 13, 2013 CSL Quarterfinal--details of Sunday game (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  10. ^ "October 20, 2013 CSL Semifinals--Kingston FC vs London City (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  11. ^ Glover, Robin. "November 3, 2013 CSL Final--Kingston FC vs SC waterloo (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  12. ^ "November 3, 2013 CSL--Result of Division 1 and 2 Finals (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  13. ^ Glover, Robin. "November 2, 2103 CSL--details of 2013 CSL Awards Banquet (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  14. ^ "November 2, 2013--CSL Award Winners (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Reaching for the Top - Again! - Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club". Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  16. ^ MacAlpine, Ian. "Kingston FC eager to start new season". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  17. ^ "Kingston FC First Team Eliminated - Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club". Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club. 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  18. ^ "2014 Second Division Awards | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  19. ^ "2014 First Division Awards | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  20. ^ "End of an Era for Kingston FC as Pro Club Departs the Canadian Soccer League - Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club". Kingston FC - The Official Website of Kingston's Professional Men's Soccer Club. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 

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