Springfield Storm

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Springfield Storm
Full name Springfield Storm
Nickname(s) The Storm
Founded 2005
Ground Harrison Stadium
Ground Capacity ????
Chairman United States Doug Fiester
Manager United States Chris Hanlon
League USL Premier Development League
2005 5th, Heartland Division

Springfield Storm were an American soccer team, who played in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid for one season, in 2005, after which the franchise was relocated to Glendora, California to become the Los Angeles Storm.

They played their home games primarily at Harrison Stadium on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, but also occasionally played at Cooper Field, also in Springfield. The team's colors were white, blue and yellow.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2005 4 USL PDL 5th, Heartland Did not qualify Did not qualify

Competition history[edit]

Springfield Storm were formed by local businessmen Chris Hanlon and Doug Fiester and former professional players Armen Tonianse and Brett Thomas, and entered the PDL in 2005. Playing out of Harrison Stadium on the campus of Drury University, the Storm enjoyed a fairly decent year of competition. They tied their first competitive game 1–1 with Des Moines Menace, and beat Colorado Springs Blizzard 3–0 in their second. As the year progressed, Storm registered a couple of impressive victories, including a 3–0 home victory over Nashville Metros and a 4–2 come-from-behind won over the other team from Tennessee, Memphis Express. Unfortunately, Storm's defence was overly-leaky; on five different occasions the Storm conceded four or more goals, including a pair of 5–0 and 5–1 losses to Boulder Rapids Reserve in June, and two six-goal losses to Kansas City Brass in final two games. Storm finished the season fifth in the heartland, out of the playoffs; Mike Myers was the season's top scorer, with 4 goals, while Nick Bohnenkamp registered 4 assists. At the end of the season the ownership group sold the franchise to investors in Glendora, California, where it moved to become Los Angeles Storm.



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