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Windsor TFC
Windsor TFC Logo.jpg
Full name Windsor TFC
Nickname(s) Stars
Founded 2004
(as Windsor Border Stars)
2011 (as Windsor Stars)
2016 (as Windsor TFC)
Stadium McHugh Park
Windsor, Ontario
Stadium
capacity
1,000
Owner Filip Rocca
Coach Steve Vagnini
League League1 Ontario
2014 League1 Ontario, 6th
Website Club home page

Windsor TFC is a Canadian soccer team based in Windsor, Ontario, that were founded in 2004. They competed in the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) and Canadian Soccer League (CSL). Throughout their tenure in the CPSL/CSL, Windsor won two Open Canada Cup, one American Indoor Soccer League (AISL) Championship, and maintained a status of regular playoff contender. Around the 2008 CSL season, the club faced financial, and player commitment problems which resulted in the league revoking the franchise. In 2011, former Windsor and CSL Defender of the Year Filip Rocca was granted a franchise and brought back Windsor to compete in the Canadian Soccer League. Following the de-sanctioning of the CSL by the Canadian Soccer Association the club joined the newly formed League1 Ontario in 2014.

The team play their home games at McHugh Park. The team's colors are red and white.

History[edit]

On December 23, 2003 the Canadian Professional Soccer League granted a franchise to Windsor under the joint ownership of former soccer player Jeff Hodgson, John Dowhan, and Gary Maccagnone. Windsor received territorial rights to the Detroit–Windsor area, and Windsor Stadium as their home venue.[1] These marked a return of professional soccer to the Windsor area since the 1980s when the Windsor Wheels competed in the Canadian National Soccer League. On January 24, 2004 the Windsor Border Stars were revealed to the public, and former Blackburn Rovers player Pat Hilton was announced the club's first head coach. The original roster was a mixture of former National Professional Soccer League, and Windsor Croatia players. Notable acquisitions were Alan Placek, Jeremy Harkins, Tati Errecalde, Tino Scicluna, Filip Rocca, Chris King, and Scott Patriquin.[2]

The club debuted on June 5, 2004 in a match against Toronto Croatia, and won the match by a score of 1-0 with the goal from Errecalde.[3] Windsor finished third in the Western Conference, and clinched a postseason berth in its debut season. Their opponents in the first round of the playoffs were Toronto Croatia, but they were eliminated from the playoffs by a score of 5-0.[4][5]

Windsor's biggest achievement came in capturing the Open Canada Cup, where they faced Ottawa St. Anthony Italia. Errecalde scored the lone goal for Windsor, but Ottawa equalized and the match went into penalties where Windsor prevailed by winning the shootout.[6][7] At the CPSL awards banquet Justin Marshall was awarded the CPSL Defender of the Year, while Hilton received the CPSL Coach of the Year.[8]

During the winter of 2004/2005 Windsor competed in the American Indoor Soccer League for the indoor season. In their debut season in the AISL the club won the AISL Championship by defeating Cincinnati Excite by a score of 4-1. In preparation for the 2005 CPSL season, Hilton strengthen the squad with the signings of Jaman Tripoli, and Radek Papiez. The Border Stars managed to defend their Open Canada title by defeating London City 3-0.[9] In the regular season the team finished third in the Western Conference, and faced Oakville Blue Devils in the postseason. The result of the match concluded in a 3-1 defeat to Windsor.[10] At the conclusion of the season Aaron Byrd won the CPSL Golden Boot as the league's highest goalscorer, and while Filip Rocca won the CPSL Defender of the Year.[11][12]

For the 2006 season, the CPSL renamed itself the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), and the International and National divisions were created to replace the Western, and Eastern Conferences. Windsor transferred from the Western Conference to the National Division. In preparation for the 2006 CSL season, Windsor acquired the services of former NPSL players Worteh Sampson, Dominic Scicluna, and Will Kletzien.[13] The season marked an end to Windsor's run as Open Canada Cup champions as the Border Stars suffered a quarterfinal loss to Ottawa St. Anthony Italia.[14] In the regular season Windsor managed to secure the final playoff berth in the National Division. In the first round of the postseason Windsor faced Oakville and avenged their previous quarterfinal loss with a 2-1 victory with goals from Sampson, and Kletzien.[15] In the next round the Border Stars faced division champions the Serbian White Eagles, but suffered a 6-1 defeat.[16] For the second year in a row Rocca was awarded the CSL Defender of the Year.[17]

Original Border Stars logo (2004–08)

In 2007 season, Windsor experienced roadblocks as team sometimes failed to assemble enough substitutes for their away matches. The team persevered and managed to clinch the final playoff berth. The club faced the White Eagles and failed to advance after a 2-1 defeat.[18] The following season the Border Stars experienced the same problem of having a shortage of reserves for away matches. As a result, the season was a battle between St. Catharines Wolves, and Windsor for the final postseason berth. St. Catharine's clinched the final berth by conceding fewer goals than Windsor, thus marking the first time in Windsor's history that it did not make the playoffs. On April 25, 2009, the CSL revoked the Windsor franchise after they failed on their financial obligations.[19]

In early 2011, the league announced that former Border Star defender, Filip Rocca, was awarded a franchise and would resurrect the club in Windsor. The Border Stars were renamed the Windsor Stars Pro Soccer and returned to the CSL for the 2011 season. Rocca pledged to build strong connections with the local soccer community and district association, Essex County Soccer Association, in order to avoid the failure that led to the Border Stars folding. The club owes its history and its name to the Windsor Stars of the 1970s and the Windsor Wheels of the 1980s from the Canadian National Soccer League, the predecessor of the CSL.[20]

The team was re-launched with two head coaches, Steve Vagnini and Jeff Hodgson, who were announced on February 2011.[21][22] Windsor brought back veterans Byrd, Anthony Santilli, Gino Berardi, and signed Canadian international Stephen Ademolu. The club finished the regular season second to last in the league with a record of 3-19-4, and missed out on the playoffs. In the 2012 season, the team began with a slow start, but later managed an eight-game undefeated streak and finished fourth in the overall standings qualifying for the postseason since the 2007 CSL season. However, Windsor did not make it out of the first round after a 1-0 defeat to York Region Shooters.[23] Steve Vagnini was awarded the CSL Coach of the Year on November 25, 2012.[24][25]

Windsor managed to secure another playoff berth in 2012 after finishing sixth in the overall standings. Again their playoff run was short-lived after they lost 2-0 to Toronto Croatia.[26] Following the de-sanctioning of the CSL by the Canadian Soccer Association in 2013,[27] the Windsor Stars Pro Soccer Club was announced as one of the 10 teams participating in the inaugural season of League1 Ontario, a newly formed competition in the third division of Canadian soccer, on April 8, 2014.[28] With home games being played at McHugh Park in Windsor, the club has sought funding to turn the current field into a stadium with proper seating and scoreboard to boost interest in the area.[29]

In June 2016, it was announced that Windsor would be enter a partnership with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. The partnership make Windsor a satellite club to Toronto and change its name to "Windsor TFC".[30]

Head coaches[edit]

Years Name Nation
2004-2008 Hilton, PatPat Hilton  England
2011 Vagnini, SteveSteve Vagnini & Hodgson, JeffJeff Hodgson  Canada
2012- Vagnini, SteveSteve Vagnini  Canada

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2004[31] (as Border Stars) 1 - Western Conference CPSL 3rd Quarter-Finals
2005[32] (as Border Stars) 1 - Western Conference CPSL 3rd Semi-Finals
2006[33] (as Border Stars) 1 - National Division CSL 4th Semi-Finals
2007[34] (as Border Stars) 1 - National Division CSL 4th Quarter-Finals
2008[35] (as Border Stars) 1 - National Division CSL 5th Did Not Qualify
2011[36] 1 CSL 13th Did Not Qualify
2012[37] 1 CSL 4th Quarter-Finals
2013[38] 1 CSL 6th Quarter-Finals
2014 n/a League1 Ontario 6th Group Stage
2015 n/a League1 Ontario 8th Quarter Finals

Titles[edit]

as Windsor Border Stars
2004, 2005
  • AISL Championship: 1
2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "The OSA News Bulletin » OSA announces League1 Ontario teams". Ontariosoccer.ca. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Windsor Stars want $200K soccer upgrade at McHugh Park – Windsor – CBC News". Cbc.ca. February 12, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
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  35. ^ "October 5th, 2008 CSL League Standings Week 21 Final". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  36. ^ "October 10, 2011 CSL--Week 23 Standings (from CSL web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
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