Saskatoon Accelerators

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Saskatoon Accelerators
Accelerators logo.png
Founded 2007
Ground Henk Ruys Soccer Center
Chairman Darren Hood
Manager Sipho Sibya
League Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League
2009 3rd

Saskatoon Accelerators is a professional soccer team based in Saskatoon that plays the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League. The team plays indoor soccer which is different from the official FIFA indoor game called futsal. Its home games are played at Henk Ruys Soccer Center in Saskatoon.

Club history[edit]

The Saskatoon Accelerators were a charter member of the CMISL. They were officially announced as a team on January 23, 2007 by CMISL President and original franchise owner Mel Kowalchuk. Their colours were black and silver, with silver jerseys and black shorts and socks. The name was decided by Mel Kowalchuk to represent the scientific community in Saskatoon and its main tool the synchrotron at the University of Saskatchewan.

They debuted on the field on March 23, 2007 playing a "Showcase Match" against the Winnipeg Alliance FC. The "Showcase Match" consisted of two games. Each game consisted of two, ten-minute halves with an intermission between them. The Accelerators won both games by scores of 5 to 2 and 3 to 2, in front of 2,102 fans at Credit Union Centre. Due to the unbalanced scheduling of the "Showcase Season", the Accelerators had the best winning percentage of all CMISL clubs despite playing the least amount of games.

In the fall of 2007, Mel Kowalchuk sold 80% of the Accelerators club to Edmonton businessman Darren Hood. This was done so that Mel Kowalchuk could focus solely on running the CMISL, while the franchise would have a dedicated owner to run the day-to-day operations. The Saskatoon Accelerators opened the 2008 season on January 13, 2008 against the Calgary United FC at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. They played six home games and four road games this season, with all member clubs visiting Saskatoon. Previously to that, they played four pre-season games, with two of the games being played in St. Albert at the Servus Centre against the Edmonton Drillers and the other two being against the same Drillers at Credit Union Centre.

Year-by-year[edit]

The former logo of the Accelerators.
Season GP W L D Pct PF PA Finish 'North American Championship
2007 2 2 0 0 1.000 8 4 1st
2008 10 4 6 0 .400 47 58 3rd
2009 11 5 6 0 .455 60 53 3rd DNQ
2010 10 7 3 0 .700 69 54 2nd DNQ

Current roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Jeff Dobchuk
3 Canada DF Brendan Garrity
1 Poland GK Michal Bandula
5 Canada MF Ryan McAllister
1 Canada GK Will Kutney
-- Canada MF Dion Morgan
2 Canada FW Brett Levis
-- Sweden MF Benno Looft
25 England FW David Brown
-- Canada DF Nathan Reis
No. Position Player
12 Canada DF Corey Regal
14 Canada DF Mike Veszi
6 Canada MF Mark Korthius
-- Canada MF Jerson Hamilton
17 Canada FW Paul Craig
-- Canada DF Eoin Mcfadden
24 Canada FW Jay Tomchuk
-- England DF Jordan Newbury
-- Canada MF Stephen Krieg

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