West Virginia Alliance FC

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West Virginia Alliance FC
Full nameWest Virginia Alliance
Nickname(s)The Alliance
Founded2003; 16 years ago (2003)
StadiumSchoenbaum Stadium
Charleston, West Virginia
Capacity6,000
OwnerJoe Johns
Head CoachRomain Folz
LeagueUSL League Two
20185th, Great Lakes Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Early West Virginia Chaos logo
West Virginia Chaos logo until 2018

West Virginia Alliance FC (formerly West Virginia Chaos) is an American soccer team based in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. Founded in 2003, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at Schoenbaum Stadium, where they have played since 2004. The team's colors are white, red and black.

History[edit]

West Virginia Chaos, which is part of the larger Chaos soccer club, joined the PDL in 2003, but suffered a disappointing first season, ending in 6th and last place in the Mid-Atlantic Division with a 2-14-1 record; their only wins came over Greenville Lions in May, 1-0 off a goal by Stuart Bracher, and over the Columbus Shooting Stars in June, 3-2 with goals by Thomas Whittaker, Benjamini Chavolla and Hans Schubert.

2004 saw an improvement in form, with four wins on the season, but the team still finished last in their division, behind Chesapeake Dragons on goal difference, and 21 points behind league leaders Carolina Dynamo. The Chaos actually started the season on a positive note, winning three of their first four games (3-1 over Chesapeake Dragons, 4-0 over Raleigh CASL Elite and 1-0 over Williamsburg Legacy), and played out an astonishing 10-goal game against Carolina Dynamo in which Chaos's Shaun Oliveira scored a hat-trick but still ended up on the losing side. However, the Chaos suffered a dramatic downturn in form as the season progressed, suffering a 6-1 thrashing by Chesapeake Dragons, and three consecutive 4-0 losses to Raleigh, Williamsburg and Richmond Kickers Future.

2005 was much of the same; a disappointing series of high-scoring losses peppered with one or two impressive wins left them Chaos fifth of six in the mid-Atlantic, with 5 victories on the board, but a much too leaky defense. The highlight of the year was a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Richmond Kickers Future on the final day of the season, with the winning goal being scored by striker Stanton Smith. Unfortunately, too many losses kept Chaos from progressing much further - Carolina Dynamo beat them 4-0 in mid-May, Augusta FireBall put six past them in mid-June, and Williamsburg Legacy out-shot them 5-2 at the end of June. Stanton Smith was the Chaos's top scorer, with 4 goals for the season, while Shaun Oliveira contributed 5 assists.

There wasn't much of a change in Chaos's fortunes in 2006, as for the fourth consecutive year they finished outside the playoffs - although the team did pick up six wins, their highest annual victory tally to date. Despite failing to put together a winning streak at any time in the year, Chaos did enjoy some encouraging results: they hammered Northern Virginia Royals on the road in early June off a brace by David Lilly and, most impressively, beat divisional champions Virginia Beach Submariners 3-2 on the final day of the season, with two goals by Karim Boukhemis. Unfortunately, Chaos continued to be weak at the back, with Raleigh Elite, Atlanta Silverbacks U23's and Virginia Beach Submariners all putting four or more goals past them.

However, as encouraging as 2006 was, 2007 was - at the time - the worst season in Chaos's history. They picked up just three wins all year and finished dead last of the 9-team Mid Atlantic Division, 34 points behind champions Hampton Roads Piranhas. The single bright spot of an otherwise dismal season was the 3-1 victory over Northern Virginia Royals at the end of May; elsewhere, however, Chaos suffered defeat after defeat, and having to endure a 7-game winless streak until the final game of the season, when they bested new boys Fredericksburg Gunners 3-2. Chris Whalley, Stanton Smith and Chad Duernberger were the Chaos's top scorers, netting 13 of their 20 goals between them.

Chaos's poor form continued on into 2008, despite transferring from the Eastern Conference Mid Atlantic Division to the Central Conference Great Lakes Division, and despite hiring a young, talented head coach in the shape of Englishman Luke Ibbetson. Chaos endured a demoralizing 14-game winless streak from the beginning of the season through to mid-July, during which they picked up just 5 points from five tied games. They lost 3-0 to eventual division champs Michigan Bucks, were overpowered 5-0 by Cleveland Internationals, and suffered another 5-0 defeat, this time to Indiana Invaders at the end of June. They even managed to let winning positions slip, conceding two late goals in their tie with Chicago Fire Premier; their single victory came in the penultimate game of the season when - out of the blue - they annihilated Fort Wayne Fever 5-0 in front of a set of home fans who had waited three months for a victory. Ultimately, however, Chaos finished the season rooted to the bottom of the division, a full 31 points behind Michigan, and the overall fifth-worst team in the country. That the three players tied at the top of the goalscorers list - Matthew Clare, Luke Ibbetson and Avneet Shergill - scored just two goals, each correctly highlighted the team's main problem.

2017 signals change for the Chaos. Having made the transition to the Great Lakes Conference in the Central Division of the PDL, the Chaos look to build a culture of success and professionalism within the club, led by former player and new Head Coach, Luke Duffy.

In 2018, the Chaos organization combined with the youth teams of Charleston FC in Charleston, WV, and Fury Soccer Club in Morgantown, WV to form the West Virginia Alliance.[1]

Charleston FC was rebranded as FC Alliance South, whereas Fury Soccer Club will become FC Alliance North. The Chaos will operate under the same branding for the remainder of the 2018 PDL season, then become the West Virginia Alliance.[2]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2003 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2004 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2005 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2007 4 USL PDL 9th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 5th, Great Lakes Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 7th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 3rd, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Finals Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 5th, South Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round
2016 4 USL PDL 7th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2017 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Did not qualify Did not qualify
2018 4 USL PDL 5th, Great Lakes Did not qualify Did not qualify

Honors[edit]

  • USL PDL South Atlantic Division Champions 2014

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Chaos' current stadium, Schoenbaum Stadium

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2005: 372
  • 2006: 279
  • 2007: 341
  • 2008: 303
  • 2009: 179
  • 2010: 157

2017 Regular Season Schedule & Results[edit]

Note: Home fixtures are highlighted in bold. Wins are highlighted in green, while losses are highlighted in red.

Date Results Opponent Location Status
Sat May 13 - Derby City Rovers Woehrle Athletic Complex 7:30PM EDT
Thu May 18 - K-W United FC Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Sun May 21 - Cincinnati Dutch Lions Northern Kentucky University 7:00PM EDT
Sat May 27 - Michigan Bucks Canton Cup 12:00PM EDT
Sun May 28 - K-W United FC Wilfrid Laurier University 4:00PM EDT
Thu Jun 1 - Dayton Dutch Lions Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Sat Jun 3 - Tri-Cities Otters Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Thu Jun 8 - Dayton Dutch Lions Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Sat Jun 10 - Michigan Bucks Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Wed Jun 28 - K-W United FC Wilfrid Laurier University 7:30PM EDT
Thu Jul 6 - Derby City Rovers Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Sat Jul 8 - Tri-Cities Otters Science Hill High School 7:00PM EDT
Thu Jul 13 - Cincinnati Dutch Lions Schoenbaum Stadium 7:30PM EDT
Sun Jul 16 - Dayton Dutch Lions DOC Stadium 7:00PM EDT

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redd, Derek. "CFC, Fury SC, West Virginia Chaos soccer combine to form 'The Alliance'". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  2. ^ Redd, Derek. "CFC, Fury SC, West Virginia Chaos soccer combine to form 'The Alliance'". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2018-07-18.

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