New Jersey Ironmen

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New Jersey Ironmen
Full nameNew Jersey Ironmen Soccer Team
GroundPrudential Center; Newark, New Jersey

The New Jersey Ironmen was an American indoor soccer team. They originally joined the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2007–08 season. When the MISL ceased operations a year later, they joined the Xtreme Soccer League. The team played at the Prudential Center, sharing the facility with the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the Seton Hall University men's basketball team.[1] Omid Namazi, recognized twice as MISL Coach of the Year, was the coach of the team.[1]

The Ironmen won their first game against the Orlando Sharks, 7–4, on October 27, 2007. The team won its first home, 8–6, game on December 1, 2007 against the Detroit Ignition.[2] Former New York Cosmo Pelé acted as honorary captain for the opener.[3] Tab Ramos, who played on the MetroStars from 1996 to 2002, was honorary captain for the second home game. Giovanni Savarese, who is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Metros, was the honorary captain for the fourth home game. The Empire Supporters Club, the main supporters club for the New York Red Bulls, was present at every Ironmen home game.

New York area Voice Actor/Narrator/Host/Actor Ed Kalegi was the in-house voice of the team and handles the Public Address Announcing at all Home games.

New York area Voice Actor/Corporate Trainer/Public Speaker Ric Sperrazza was the voice of the team's radio commercials for the 2007–2008 season

In the 2008–09 season, The Ironmen played in the Xtreme Soccer League (XSL) and finished in second place.

On July 3, 2009, the XSL announced that it was suspending operations for one year. It has yet to resume play.

Last squad[edit]

As of January 28, 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 United States DF Ryan Hall
3 United States DF Oral Bullen
4 United States DF Evan McNeley
6 Cuba DF Rey Martinez
7 Chile FW Carlos Farias
9 Brazil FW Frederico Moojen
10 Brazil FW Tiguinho
12 Republic of Macedonia MF Sunny Naumoski
No. Position Player
13 Brazil MF Lucio Gonzaga
15 Brazil FW Adauto Neto
16 United States DF Aaron Bonser
17 Serbia MF Goran Vasic
23 United States GK Patrick Hannigan
32 United States GK Brett Phillips
44 Trinidad and Tobago FW Shawn Boney


Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance
2007–08 MISL II 6th MISL, 14–16 Lost Quarterfinals to Blast 10–22; 4–6 4,965
2008–09 XSL 2nd XSL, 11–9 No Playoffs 3,051
Totals MISL II Reg. Season Record 25–25
Reg. Season Win % = .500
Playoff Record 0–2
Playoff Win % = .000

Head coaches[edit]



  1. ^ a b Stephenson, Colin. "Indoor soccer team set to play in Prudential Center", The Star-Ledger, June 20, 2007. Accessed June 20, 2007. "The new team, which will be called the New Jersey Ironmen, will become the third sports tenant in the arena, joining the Devils and Seton Hall men's basketball.... The Ironmen already have hired one of the most successful coaches in the history of the league, Omid Namazi, a two-time MISL Coach of the Year."
  2. ^ New Jersey Ironmen
  3. ^ New Jersey Ironmen

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