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York United FC
York United FC logo.svg
Full nameYork United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Nine Stripes
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-05-05) as York 9 Football Club
StadiumYork Lions Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
Capacity4,000
OwnerGreenpark Group
ChairmanMike Baldassarra
PresidentAngus McNab
CoachMartin Nash
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2021Canadian Premier League, 4th
Playoffs: semi-finals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

York United Football Club (formerly known as York9 FC) is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario.[1][2] The club competes in the Canadian Premier League and plays its home games at York University's York Lions Stadium.

History[edit]

York United players celebrate a goal by Álvaro Rivero against HFX Wanderers during a game in September 2021.

In December 2017, former Canadian international Jimmy Brennan stepped down as executive director of Aurora FC and announced his intentions to take a role within the Canadian Premier League.[3] In March 2018, it was revealed that Brennan had been named executive vice-president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January.[4] The following day, it was revealed that the company's president Preben Ganzhorn named himself as president of an unknown entity called York9 FC, believed to be a Canadian Premier League franchise.[5]

On May 5, 2018, York Region was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[6] Greenpark Group, headed by Carlo Baldassarra, was revealed as the owner of York9, with his son Mike as the chairman.[1][7][8] Both Brennan and Ganzhorn were pictured at the Annual Meeting of the Members when the group was announced.[9]

York9 FC was officially unveiled on May 10, 2018, as the first team to join the Canadian Premier League.[10] As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding.[11] The club adopted the name York9 FC to represent the nine municipalities that make up York Region – Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.[12] On July 27, 2018, York9 announced executive vice president of soccer operations Jimmy Brennan as the club's first head coach.[13]

In August, York9 fielded a York Region Soccer Association Selects team to compete in the U17 International Soccer Cup held at York Lions Stadium. The team beat Juventus F.C. before losing to Toronto FC in the final.[14]

The team has been called "Y9" and "The Nine Stripes" by the media and the league.[15][16][17] York9's first match was the inaugural CPL match at Forge FC on April 27, 2019,[18] launching the 905 Derby with a 1–1 draw, as Ryan Telfer scored the first goal in Canadian Premier League history.[19]

To determine the Canadian Soccer Association's representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, York9 played in the 2019 Canadian Championship competing for the Voyageurs Cup. The team lost the quarterfinal to Montreal Impact after a 2–2 draw at home and a 1–0 loss at Montreal.[20]

York9 was expected to begin their second season in the Canadian Premier League in April 2020 but the season was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] During the postponement, the club sold young midfielder Emilio Estevez to Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, the first CPL player to be sold to a European top flight.[22]

On December 11, 2020, the club was rebranded as York United FC, adopting a new crest and colour scheme along with the name change. While the original club name exclusively targeted York Region, the new branding also represents the City of Toronto.[23] In their first season as York United FC, the club finished 4th in the 2021 Canadian Premier League season. They were eliminated from the playoffs after a 3–1 loss to Forge FC. Following the season, head coach Jim Brennan's tenure at the club ended after it was announced November 23, 2021 that his contract would not be extended.[24] He was replaced by Martin Nash on December 21, 2021.[25]

Stadium[edit]

York Lions Stadium is a stadium at York University Heights used by York for home matches.

York plays its home matches at York Lions Stadium in York University's Keele Campus in York University Heights, a neighbourhood of North York, Toronto.[26] Initially, the club had planned to use Alumni Field, on the same campus, while York Lions Stadium was being renovated for use at the end of the season.[27] Before the start of the 2021 season, the stadium was renovated with a larger, artificial turf pitch and the removal of the athletic track which surrounded the playing surface.[28]

In 2018, the club announced plans to build a modular, wooden, 15,000-seat stadium within the next three years.[29] As of August 2021, financing and location of the new stadium is yet to be determined.[30]

Crest and colours[edit]

The crest's shape is derived from that of The Queen's York Rangers, an army regiment based in Toronto and York Region, with a blue element on top symbolizing Lake Ontario. The shield features a YU monogram and nine vertical stripes, a nod to the club's nickname "The Nine Stripes". A crown at the top features a trillium and a maple leaf, representing Ontario and Toronto respectively.[31]

The club's colours are dark green, dark blue, white, and gold, taken from the coat of arms of York, a predecessor to the City of Toronto. Unlike the majority of clubs in the CPL, York typically uses home kits that are primarily white.[32]

Former crest and colours[edit]

The inaugural "York9 FC" logo used during the club's first two seasons

The club used its original branding while it was known as York9 FC, between 2018 and 2020. The main feature of the crest's design was nine beams at the top of the crest, one for each municipality in York Region. The upward angle of the bars is a nod to the region's motto "Ontario's Rising Star". A white trillium at the base of the crest recognized Ontario, the province's floral emblem since 1937.[33]

The official club colours were light green, grey, and black (branded by the club as "electric green", "charcoal grey", and "black on black"). These colours symbolized the region's nature (in tandem with the club's environmental focus) and Black Creek.[11][33]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

A supporters' group called Generation IX was present at the club's launch event.[34][35] Prior to the team's second season in 2020, two new supporters' groups formed: A student supporters' group based out of York University called The Green Lions and a female-led supporters' group called Dames of York.[36][37]

Following the club's rebrand to York United in 2021, previously formed supporters' groups dissolved. Two new supporters' groups, The Centre of the Universe and the Northern Corridor, were formed in 2021.[38][39]

Rivalries[edit]

York United has a geographic rivalry with Forge FC in nearby Hamilton. As both towns use the 905 area code, it was used to name the derby between the league's closest teams. On January 29, 2019, the Canadian Premier League announced that the inaugural match of the league was going to be a 905 Derby on April 27, 2019, in Hamilton.[18] The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[19]

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of January 7, 2022[40][41][42][43][44][45]
No. Position Player Nation
1 GK Niko Giantsopoulos  Canada
4 MF Jordan Wilson  Canada
5 DF Dominick Zator  Canada
6 DF Roger Thompson  Canada
7 FW Mamadou Kane  Canada
8 MF Sebastián Gutiérrez  Colombia
12 MF Javier George  Guyana
14 MF Ijah Halley  Canada
16 MF Max Ferrari  Canada
19 MF Noah Verhoeven  Canada
20 DF Diyaeddine Abzi  Canada
21 MF Michael Petrasso  Canada
28 MF Cédric Toussaint  Canada
36 DF Felix N'sa  Canada
44 MF Isaiah Johnston  Canada
66 DF Chrisnovic N'sa  Canada
80 FW Lowell Wright  Canada
FW Martin Graiciar  Czech Republic
MF Oliver Minatel  Brazil
DF Eduardo Jesus  Brazil
DF Daniel Obbekjær  Denmark


Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
9 FW Lisandro Cabrera (at Guadalupe)  Argentina
10 MF Mateo Hernández (at Guadalupe)  Argentina
99 MF William Wallace (at Floresta)  Brazil

Staff[edit]

As of December 21, 2021[46][25]

Executive
Owner Mike Baldassarra
President, CEO and GM Angus McNab
Coaching staff
Head coach and technical director Martin Nash
Assistant coach, goalkeeping coach Camilo Benzi
Operations staff
Football operations and scouting manager Alex Bizzarri
Lead domestic scout and head of community engagement Anthony Totera

Head coaches[edit]

As of December 21, 2021
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Jimmy Brennan  Canada July 27, 2018 – November 23, 2021 72 22 25 25 030.56
Martin Nash  Canada December 21, 2021 – present 0 0 0 0 !

Statistics include regular season and Canadian Championship matches.

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019–2020 Manny Aparicio[47][48]  Canada
2021–present Roger Thompson[49]  Canada

Records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season League Playoffs CC Continental / other Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Pos. Name Goals
2019[a] 1 CPL 28 9 7 12 39 37 +2 34 1.21 3rd DNQ R3 Ineligible 2,668 Chile Rodrigo Gattas[50][51] 11
2020[b] 7 2 4 1 8 7 +1 10 1.43 5th DNQ DNQ N/A Canada Joseph Di Chiara 3
2021 28 8 12 8 35 39 -4 36 1.29 4th SF QF DNQ 1,118 Canada D. Abzi, Spain A. Rivero, Canada L. Wright 6

1. Average attendance include statistics from league matches only.
2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league season, league playoffs, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League, and other competitive continental matches.

  1. ^ Split season format was used with 10 games in spring season and 18 games in fall season
  2. ^ Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the season was held exclusively in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, without fans formatted as a two stage round-robin season with a single match final[52]

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of November 21, 2021[53][54]
# Name Nation Career at club Goals Scored
CPL Cup Int'l Total
1 Rodrigo Gattas  Chile 2019 9 2 0 11
2 Ryan Telfer  Trinidad and Tobago 2019–2020 8 2 0 10
3 Simon Adjei  Sweden 2019 7 1 0 8
4 Diyaeddine Abzi  Canada 2019– 7 0 0 7
Álvaro Rivero  Spain 2020–2021 7 0 0 7
Lowell Wright  Canada 2020– 7 0 0 7
7 Joseph Di Chiara  Canada 2019–2020 5 0 0 5
Julian Ulbricht  Germany 2021 3 2 0 5
9 Manny Aparicio  Canada 2019–2020 4 0 0 4
10 Max Ferrari  Canada 2020– 2 1 0 3
Isaiah Johnston  Canada 2020– 3 0 0 3
Wataru Murofushi  Japan 2019–2020 3 0 0 3
Michael Petrasso  Canada 2020– 3 0 0 3
Kyle Porter  Canada 2019–2020 3 0 0 3
Jordan Wilson  Canada 2021– 2 1 0 3

Note: Bold indicates active player

All-time top assists[edit]

As of November 21, 2021[53][54]
# Name Nation Career at club Games Played
CPL Cup Int'l Total
1 Michael Petrasso  Canada 2020– 5 2 0 7
Kyle Porter  Canada 2019–2020 5 2 0 7
3 Diyaeddine Abzi  Canada 2019– 6 0 0 6
4 Morey Doner  Canada 2019–2020 4 0 0 4
Max Ferrari  Canada 2020– 4 0 0 4
6 Julian Ulbricht  Germany 2021 3 0 0 3
Noah Verhoeven  Canada 2019 3 0 0 3
Lowell Wright  Canada 2020– 3 0 0 3
9 Manny Aparicio  Canada 2019–2020 2 0 0 2
Simon Adjei  Sweden 2019 2 0 0 2
Steven Furlano  Canada 2019 2 0 0 2
Isaiah Johnston  Canada 2020– 2 0 0 2
Álvaro Rivero  Spain 2020–2021 2 0 0 2
Ryan Telfer  Trinidad and Tobago 2019–2020 1 1 0 2

Note: Bold indicates active player

All-time most appearances[edit]

As of November 21, 2021[53][54]
# Name Nation Career at club Games Played
CPL Cup Int'l Total
1 Diyaeddine Abzi  Canada 2019– 55 8 0 63
2 Nathan Ingham  Canada 2019–2021 54 8 0 62
3 Luca Gasparotto  Canada 2019–2020 35 6 0 41
4 Ryan Telfer  Trinidad and Tobago 2019–2020 33 6 0 39
5 Manny Aparicio  Canada 2019–2020 31 6 0 37
Max Ferrari  Canada 2020– 35 2 0 37
Kyle Porter  Canada 2019–2020 31 6 0 37
8 Morey Doner  Canada 2019–2020 32 4 0 36
Wataru Murofushi  Japan 2019–2020 30 6 0 36
10 Joseph Di Chiara  Canada 2019–2020 30 4 0 34
Rodrigo Gattas  Chile 2019 28 6 0 34
Álvaro Rivero  Spain 2020–2021 32 2 0 34

Note: Bold indicates active player

Single-season records[edit]

As of November 21, 2021[53][54]
Record Name Statistic Season
Goals (all competitions) Rodrigo Gattas 11 2019
Goals (league matches) Rodrigo Gattas 9 2019
Assists (all competitions) Michael Petrasso 7 2021
Assists (league matches) Michael Petrasso 5 2021
Clean sheets (all competitions) Nathan Ingham 8 2019
Clean sheets (league matches) Nathan Ingham 6 2019

Note: Bold indicates active player

Awards[edit]

Canadian Premier League Awards[edit]

Year Name Award Status
2019[55] Nathan Ingham Golden Glove Nominated
Diyaeddine Abzi Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year Nominated
Jimmy Brennan Coach of the Year Nominated
2021[56] Max Ferrari Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year Nominated

York United FC Fan Voted Awards[edit]

Year Name Award
2019[57] Morey Doner Fan Voted Player of the Year
2021[58] Diyaeddine Abzi Supporters Choice Player of the Year
Max Ferrari Supporters Choice U21 Player of the Year

Canadian Premier League Fan Awards[edit]

Year Name Award
2019[59] Morey Doner Team of the Year

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