North Eastern MetroStars SC

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MetroStars
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Full nameNorth Eastern MetroStars Soccer Club
Nickname(s)Metro
Founded1994
GroundT.K. Shutter Reserve[1]
Capacity1,000
ChairmanRob Rende
ManagerRobbie Saraceno
LeagueNPL South Australia
20187th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

North Eastern MetroStars Soccer Club, commonly known as MetroStars, is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 1994, the club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues South Australia, with matches played at the T.K. Shutter Reserve in the north-eastern suburb of Klemzig. It has generally been a strong club and has dominated in the top division of South Australian Football.

History[edit]

The club was initially known as the Metro Knights before a name change to the North Eastern MetroStars in 1998.

It started playing in Division 2 of the Saturday Amateur league in 1995, won promotion into Division 1, and quickly became the dominant side in the league.

The club entered the SASF State League in 1999 and won promotion to the Premier League in its first season.

MetroStars has subsequently cemented its position in the top South Australian football league and has developed into one of the league's leading clubs. During the formation of the FFSA and the Super League, MetroStars supported the federation, and in early 2006 was the first club to become a member.

They have recently become a more dominant force in the Super League over the last few years winning in both the senior and reserves squads. They have also produced young talents such as Jason Spagnuolo, Fabian Barbiero[2] and Francesco Monterosso, all who have been recruited by Adelaide United, whilst Adriano Pellegrino and Shane Smeltz have gone onto other A-League clubs books. [3]

On 25 August 2012 they won the Federation Cup final against Para Hills Knights for the third time.

In September 2012, the club won its third League championship. MetroStars won back to back National Premier Leagues South Australia Minor Premierships in 2013 and 2014.

In October 2014, MetroStars defeated New South Wales outfit Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1–0 to claim the NPL National Championship.[4]

In June 2016, MetroStars defeated Adelaide Comets 1-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium to win the FFSA Federation Cup and qualify for the FFA Cup.[5]

In June 2017, MetroStars defeated Adelaide City 2-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium to win the FFSA Federation Cup and qualify for the FFA Cup Round of 32 for the third year running. [6]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 December 2019[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Isaac Carmody
3 Australia DF Cohan Morris
4 Australia DF Justin Davis
5 Australia DF Tim Henderson
7 Australia DF Michael D'Aloisio
8 Australia MF Rocky Callisto
9 England FW Thomas Strain
10 Australia MF Anthony Solagna
12 Australia MF Ben Head
14 Australia MF Dylan Smith
No. Position Player
16 Australia DF Kyle Crout
17 Australia MF Matthew Dawber
18 Australia MF Fabian Barbiero
19 Australia MF Cooper O'Donnell
20 Australia MF Joshua Mori
22 Australia MF Hamish Gow
23 Australia FW Christian Esposito
24 Argentina FW Nahuel Bonada
25 Australia GK Jackson O'Donnell
26 Australia DF Stefan Cali

Non-playing staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Rob Saraceno [8]
Assistant Coach Australia Travis Dodd [9]
Football Manager Australia Lenny Cali [10]
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Dan Godley [11]
Reserves Coach Australia Rob Lopresti [12]
Reserves Assistant Coach Australia Gareth Von Duve
U18 Coach Australia Terry Frangakis [13]
Team Manager Australia George Capoccia [14]
Equipment Manager Australia George Laoutaris [15]
Senior Head Trainer Australia Peter Terminello

Notable former players[edit]

* List of professional footballers who have played for the club.