Dayton Dutch Lions

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Dayton Dutch Lions
Dayton Dutch Lions FC logo.svg
Full nameDayton Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s)Dutch Lions
Founded2009;13 years ago (2009)
Stadium Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium; West Carrollton, Ohio [1]
Capacity3,500
OwnersDr. Suresh Gupta
Erik Tammer
Mike Mossel
Head CoachHans Pascoal
League USL League Two
2022 5th, Valley Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website

Dayton Dutch Lions is an American soccer team based in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. From 2011 to 2014, the team played in the USL Professional Division (USL Pro). [2]

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The team plays its home games at the Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium on the campus of West Carrollton High School in nearby West Carrollton, Ohio. [3] The team's colors are orange, white and blue.

History

The club was started in the fall of 2009 and co-owned by Erik Tammer of Tammer Sportmanagement and Mike Mossel of Business and Sports Performance. Tammer is a former professional soccer player in the Netherlands who played for clubs such as Heerenveen and Sparta Rotterdam, while Mossel played in Europe for RBC Roosendaal and Turnhout, and in the USL for the Cincinnati Riverhawks following his graduation from Xavier University.

The team played its first competitive game on May 8, 2010, a 3–3 tie with the Cincinnati Kings. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Eddie Hertsenberg. [4]

On July 8, 2010 the Lions announced that they would be self-promoting to the USL Second Division for the 2011 season, as well as adding a brand new women's team in the USL W-League. During the announcement team owner Mike Mossel said "The promotion to USL-2 and development of a W-League club was just a matter of time. To be the best, we must begin to play among the upper-echelon clubs. We want to set a standard, and I believe we have done that so far in the PDL in our first season. But more importantly, our decision was made with our Premier Academy in mind.". [5] With the merger of the USL First and Second Divisions to form USL Pro in 2011, the Dutch Lions were announced as a founding team. [2]

In 2012, the Lions reached the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they defeated the MLS Columbus Crew 2–1 in the third round, then defeated the Michigan Bucks in the fourth round in extra time. They were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Sporting Kansas City 3–0 in front of an away record 15,167 fans.

In 2013, the Lions reached the USL Pro Playoffs for the first time with a record of 10 Wins, 7 Ties and 9 Losses. They lost to the Richmond Kickers 1–0 in the quarter-finals. Gibson Bardsley received Second Team All-League Honors with 9 goals and 7 assists. [6] [7]

In 2014, the Lions partnered with West Carrollton City Schools and Dr. Suresh Gupta of the Dayton Outpatient Center to install a new playing surface in the West Carrollton High School Stadium as part of a 30-year deal. [8] [9] The original stadium was renamed to the Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium in recognition of the significant investment made by Dayton Outpatient Center.

Renovations started on March 10, 2014, [10] and were completed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 9, 2014. [11] The Motz Group, a Cincinnati-based company that specializes in building playing fields, replaced the existing grass field with artificial turf at a cost of $450,000 to $475,000. [9] The combined costs for the renovations to the stadium and installation of lights on practice fields are estimated at $529,000. [9]

The opening match at DOC Stadium, with the presence of 2-Time FIFA World Player of the Year Ruud Gullit, was a United Soccer League professional soccer game on May 10, 2014 that saw the Dayton Dutch Lions tie the LA Galaxy II, 1–1. A home record attendance of 1,527 was announced. [12]

In 2018, the Lions had a record-setting season, matching its best record ever, winning the Great Lakes Division championship and earning qualification for the 2019 U.S. Open Cup.

Stadium

Club culture, kits, sponsors and supporters

International partnership

On January 17, 2011, the Dutch Lions signed a five-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie champions, FC Twente, to foster development of players, academy teams, training practices, and possibly facilitate loans or transfers of players between the two teams. [13]

Domestic partnership

Additional Dutch Lions clubs have been added over the years and partner with Dayton in branding, best practices and player considerations.

In the 2011, the Houston Dutch Lions were added (joined NPSL in 2016). In the 2014, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions were added (joined the PDL). In 2015, the Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions were added. In 2016, the New York Dutch Lions were added.

On December 19, 2013, the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer announced an affiliation with the Dutch Lions which would begin with the 2014 season. The affiliation meant the opportunity for loans between the two which aim ultimately to improve the quality of play at both clubs. After the Crew's 2014 opener against D.C. United, the Club announced it was sending 5 of its players on loan to the Dutch Lions for the season, including 2013 draft pick, forward Ryan Finley. [14] [15]

Youth Partnerships

The Dutch Lions Group's brand statement is "Gateway to Professional Soccer" and the purported goal of the Dutch Lions' program is to develop youth and amateur players into professional players. [16] [17] The Dutch Lions FC's holding company, Dutch Lions Group USA LLC, [16] maintains a youth academy in connection with the Dutch Lions. The Ohio-based youth academy previously reported membership numbers as high as 200 players. [18] The youth academy partners with the Ohio Galaxies FC to develop youth talent. [19]

Kit maker / jersey sponsors

Supporters group

The main supporters of the Dutch Lions are the Oranje Legion. [20]

Owners, staff and players

Ownership

Soccer staff

Head coaches

Current roster

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jacob Moore
3 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Bradley Schluter
4 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jacob Stovall
5 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Eric Hutton
6 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Jackson Dietrich
7 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA JJ Williams
8 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Peyton Mowery
9 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Tristan Lyle
10 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Tate Robertson
11 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jalim Bayo
12 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Connor Hughes
13 FW Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Chris Dupont
14 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Justin Barkow
15 DF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP David Lianes
16 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Brady Lenius
17 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Antoine Ravera
18 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Abdul Kooistra
19 FW Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Emiel Wendt
20 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Harvey Slade
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Alberto Zaragoza
22 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Burton
23 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Austin Lewis
24 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Ben Johnson
25 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Ben Leba-Kamanya
26 DF Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM Fitzroy Cummings
27 MF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Sam DeRoy
28 DF Flag of Costa Rica.svg  CRC James Williamson
29 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Cole McKinney
31 DF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Mats Wolhuis
32 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jose Labanino-Ramos
33 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Niklas Martensson
30 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Corey Whisenhunt
40 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Grady Stewart
50 GK Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  SUI Andres Zimmerman
60 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Liam Dipple
00 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jack Steele
0 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Alex Popovich
1 GK Flag of Colombia.svg  COL Federico Barrios

Notable Former Professional, Amateur and Academy Players

Record

Overall (56-87-45)

Year-by-year

YearLeagueRankPWLTGFGAGDPTSPlayoffsOpen Cup
2010 PDL3168353220+12291R (0-1)
2011 USL Pro122421662154−33121R (0-1)
2012 USL Pro924410102029−922QF (3-1)
2013 USL Pro82610974346−337QF (0-1)3R (2-1)
2014 USL Pro142861842863−35223R (2-1)
2015 PDL5143921230−1811
2016 PDL4144552330−717
2017 PDL5144731022−1215
2018 PDL1148332915+1427CSF (0-1)
2019 USL24125611719-2162R (1-1)
2020 USL2Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 USL291401311450-361
2022 USL251421021353-407

As of 10 July 2021 [30]
Rank = Rank in the league; P = League Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Playoffs = USL Pro Playoffs; Open Cup = Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
— = Did not Qualify; 1R = 1st round; 2R = 2nd round; 3R = 3rd round; 1/8 = Round of sixteen; CSF = Conference Semifinals; QF = Quarterfinals; SF = Semifinals; F = Final.

Top goal scorers in USL PRO

#Pos.NameCareerUSL ProPlayoffsUS Open CupTotal
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–2013140216
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012–2014120315
3 Forward Aaron Schoenfeld 2014120113
4 Midfielder Joel DeLass 2011–201480210

As of 5 September 2014

Top assists in USL PRO

#Pos.NameCareerUSL ProPlayoffsUS Open CupTotal
1 Forward Gibson Bardsley 2012–20138019
2 Forward Thomas Garner 2012–20147007
3 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011–20144015

As of 5 September 2014

Top appearances in USL Pro

#Pos.NameCareerUSL ProPlayoffsUS Open CupTotal
1 Midfield Joel DeLass 2011–201491110102
2 Defender Shane Smith 2011–2014810990
3 Goalkeeper Matt Williams 2012–2014781785
4 Forward Thomas Garner 2012–2014661875

As of 5 September 2014

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20100105175057/http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html

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