New England Mutiny

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New England Mutiny
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Full name New England Mutiny
Nickname(s) Mutiny
Founded 1999
Stadium East Longmeadow High School
Chairman United States Joe Ferrara
Manager United States Joe Abele
League United Women's Soccer
2015 1st, Power 5 Division
East Regional final
Website Club home page

New England Mutiny is an American women’s soccer club, which competes at the pro-am level of women's soccer in the USA, in the United Women's Soccer league.

The club plays its home games on the campus of East Longmeadow High School in the city of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 5 miles west of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Team history[edit]

Established in 1999 as Springfield Sirens, the club played in the amateur W-League. After winning the W-2 (second division) championship in 2000,[1] the club played one more season in the W-League, then a season as an exhibition team before changing the team name to the New England Mutiny and accepting promotion to WPSL as one of the founding members of the East Division.[2]

On July 29, 2004, in a match preparing women's national team of China for international tournament, the Mutiny surprised the fifth ranked team in the world, in front of 3000 fans in Agawam, Massachusetts, with a 3-1 lead, and losing 4-3 only in the final minutes. The Mutiny consider this match one of their two crowning achievements.

After the folding of WPS in 2012, the club joined the new Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, which included three former WPS teams. Although they finished fifth out of the eight WPSLE teams, they recorded wins over the Chicago Red Stars and Boston Breakers as well as a draw at the Western New York Flash - the former WPS teams - in the last month of the season. Their win over the Breakers is the first occurrence of an amateur side beating a professional side in US women's soccer, (Chicago fielded an amateur roster in WPSLE,) and is the second of the Mutiny's crowning achievements. WPSL-Elite lasted just one year as the former WPS teams joined the newly formed National Women's Soccer League, while the remaining teams either folded or, like the Mutiny, returned to the WPSL in 2013.

The Mutiny spent three further years in the WPSL, but after dissatisfaction with playoff procedures and handling in the WPSL, the team branched off to join the inaugural 2016 season of United Women's Soccer.[3]

Players[edit]

The following former players have played at the senior international and/or professional level:

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs
1999 3 W-2 1st, North Division National Final
2000 3 W-2 1st, North Division Champions
2001 2 W-1 4th, Northern Conference DNQ
2002 exhibition
2003 2 WPSL 1st, East National Semifinals
2004 2 WPSL 1st, East National Final
2005 2 WPSL 1st, East National Semifinals (3rd)
2006 2 WPSL 3rd, East - North DNQ
2007 2 WPSL 1st, East - North National Final
2008 2 WPSL 2nd, East - North National Semifinals
2009 2 WPSL 8th, East (Conf.) East Semifinals
2010 2 WPSL 3rd, East - Northeast DNQ
2011 2 WPSL 4th, East - Northeast East Quarterfinals
2012 1 WPSLE 5th DNQ
2013 2 WPSL 1st, East - Northeast National Semifinals
2014 2 WPSL 4th, East - Northeast DNQ
2015 2 WPSL 1st, Power 5 East Regional Final
2016 2 UWS TBD, East (In progress) TBD

Honors[edit]

  • W-2 North Division regular season Champions (2): 1999, 2000
  • W-2 National Champions (1): 2000
  • WPSL divisional regular season Champions (6): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015
  • WPSL East Regional Champions (5): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013
  • WPSL National Runners-up (2): 2004, 2007

Coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""The W-League (USL) (1995-2005)"". The American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Womens Premier Soccer League". The American Soccer History Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Conor. "After struggles with former league, New England Mutiny helping form new United Women's Soccer league". MassLive Sports. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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