Valour FC

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Valour FC
Valour FC logo.svg
Full nameValour Football Club [1]
FoundedMay 6, 2017;4 years ago (2017-05-06)
Stadium IG Field, Winnipeg
Capacity33,234
Owner Winnipeg Football Club
(community ownership)
President Wade Miller
Coach Rob Gale
League Canadian Premier League
2020 Canadian Premier League, 6th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Valour Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League and plays its home matches at IG Field.

Contents

The team is coached by Rob Gale and community owned through the Winnipeg Football Club.

History

On May 6, 2017, Winnipeg was one of two cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership when the Canadian Premier League was unanimously approved. [2] It was confirmed that Canadian Football League clubs the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were behind the ownership groups. [3] Wade Miller, CEO of the Winnipeg Football Club, was named as the club's president. [4]

In May 2018, it was reported that the club would be called Valour FC. [5] On June 6, 2018 the club was officially unveiled as the fourth team to join the Canadian Premier League. [6] As well as confirming its place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed its crest, colours and branding. [7] On June 26, the club named Rob Gale as the first head coach and general manager. [8]

Stadium

The club plays its home games at IG Field, a 33,234-seat Canadian football stadium. [9] The stadium opened in 2013 on the University of Manitoba campus next to University Stadium. [10] The stadium is also used by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the University of Manitoba Bisons football team, and the Winnipeg Rifles. [11]

Crest and colours

The club's identity is heavily linked to the story of Winnipeg's Valour Road, and named to recognize Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland, who all lived on the same street and received the Victoria Cross for acts of bravery during the First World War. [12]

The letter "V" in the centre of the crest emulates a folded medal ribbon and also represents the meeting of the Red River and Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. [13] The right side of the "V" creates a "W" for Winnipeg, and the circle under the "V" is in the shape of the Victoria Cross medal. The wheat at the top of the crest represents Manitoba's agricultural industry. [14]

The official club colours are maroon, gold and black (branded by the club as "Valour maroon," "wheat gold," and "earth black"). These colours symbolize the ribbon of the Victoria Cross and the wheat fields and soil of the Canadian Prairies. [13]

Youth

On August 8, 2018, Valour FC Elite Girls (formerly the Manitoba Blizzard) was founded to give girls in Winnipeg an opportunity to travel to college showcases in the U.S and Canada, while getting educated on the recruiting process. The team will be led by Head Coach Jim Zinko and Manager Trevor Kidd. Training begins in the fall, while the Valour FC Elite Girls competition season runs from late November into April. [15]

Club culture

The club's mascot leans heavily on imagery of the Victoria Cross, being a lion named 'Vic'. He wears the club's colours on a t-shirt, shorts, and wristbands. [16] [ non-primary source needed ]

Red River Rising Supporters group first met at Nicolino's Restaurant in January 2017, before a Winnipeg team was announced. The group met regularly in anticipation of an eventual Winnipeg team and now occupy section 144 at IG Field. [17] The section is known as The Trench. [18]

Players and staff

Roster

As of June 11, 2021 [19] [20]
No.PositionPlayerNation
0 GK Matt Silva Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2 DF Raphaël Garcia Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
6 MF Moses Dyer Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
7 FW Masta Kacher Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
9 FW Austin Ricci Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
14 MF Stefan Cebara Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
16 FW Daryl Fordyce Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
17 MF Brett Levis Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
19 FW William AkioFlag of South Sudan.svg  South Sudan
21 MF José Galán Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
27 MF Raphael Ohin Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
29 DF Arnold Bouka Moutou Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo
35 DF Andrew Jean-Baptiste Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti
77 DF Federico Peña Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
MF Keven Alemán Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
MF Rafael Galhardo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
DF Tony MikhaelFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
FW Sean Rea(on loan from CF Montréal)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
DF Rodrigo Reyes(on loan from Guadalajara)Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
GK Jonathan Sirois(on loan from CF Montréal)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
DF Amir SotoFlag of Panama.svg  Panama
FW Jared Ulloa(on loan from Sporting Cristal)Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru

Current staff

As of July 27, 2018
Executive
President Wade Miller
General manager Rob Gale
Coaching staff
Head coach Rob Gale
Assistant coachDamian Rocke [21]
Goalkeeping coachPatrick Di Stefani [21]

Head coaches

As of September 6, 2020
CoachNationTenureRecord
GWDLWin %
Rob Gale Flag of England.svg  England June 26, 2018 – present3710621027.03

Club captains

YearsNameNation
2019 Jordan Murrell [22] [23] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
2019 Skylar Thomas [22] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
2020 Dylan Carreiro [24] Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
2020–present Daryl Fordyce [25] Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland
2021–present Andrew Jean-Baptiste [25] Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti

Records

Year-by-year

SeasonLeaguePlayoffs CC Continental / OtherAverage
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
DivLeaguePldWDLGFGAGDPtsPPGPos.NameGoals
2019 [26] 1 CPL 2884163052–22281.006thDNQ R2 DNQ5,335 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Marco Bustos 7
2020 CPL 722389–181.146th DNQ N/AEight players1

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.

All-time most appearances

As of September 6, 2020[ citation needed ]
#NameNationCareer at clubGames Played
CPLCupInt'lTotal
1 Diego Gutiérrez Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019–present301031
Dylan Carreiro Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019–present301031
3 Raphael Ohin Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2019–present272029
4 Marco Bustos Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019252027
5 Skylar Thomas Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019221023
Louis Béland-Goyette Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019212023
7 Jordan Murrell Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019202022
Tyler Attardo Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2019202022
9 Adam Mitter Flag of England.svg  England 2019201021
10 Martín Arguiñarena Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2019182020

Note: Bold indicates active player

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