AC Connecticut

AC Connecticut is an American amateur soccer team based in Newtown, Connecticut, playing in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The team colors are blue, black and white.

AC Connecticut
Full nameAC Connecticut
Founded2011 (2011)
StadiumWestside Athletic Complex
Danbury, Connecticut
Capacity2,500
Majority OwnerPeter D'Amico
General ManagerRobin Schuppert
LeagueUSL League Two
20198th, Northeast Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

History

CFC Azul was founded as a USL PDL team on December 21, 2011, and launched its inaugural season in 2012. The club is the pinnacle for a 70-plus youth team organization and is Connecticut's only professional organized soccer franchise.[1] In its first season of play, CFC Azul finished mid-table tied for 4th place with fellow expansion team Worcester Hydra.

In 2013, CFC finished in 6th place with a record of 2 wins, 6 losses and 6 draws.[2] In time for the start of the 2014 season, Peter D'Amico became the primary owner and managing partner of the Azul.[3] Additionally, CFC teamed up with WXCI 91.7 FM to broadcast play-by-play of Azul's home games.[4]

The team split off from its Connecticut Football Club (CFC) parent and was renamed AC Connecticut on September 5, 2014.[5][6]

Stadium

The team was originally scheduled to play their home games at Reese Stadium on the campus of Yale University. However, due to scheduling conflicts, CFC Azul ended playing their 2012 home games at various locations throughout Connecticut including Veterans Stadium in New Britain, CT. For the 2013 season, CFC Azul played their home games at Central Connecticut State University. CFC Azul signed a muti-year contract to play their games the Westside Athletic Complex at Western Connecticut State University.[7]

Year-by-year

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 4th, Northeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2016 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2017 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2018 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 8th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

Players and Staff

Current roster

As of June 15, 2015.[8]

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

No. Position Player
0 GK Stephen Sasso
1 GK Tucker Hackett
2 DF Ashton Pett
3 DF James Randall
4 DF Adrian Lekaj
5 DF Sean Weir
6 DF Shane Recklet
7 MF Frederick Metellus
8 MF Giorgi Mandzulashvili
9 FW Reco McLaren
10 MF Miguel Carneiro
11 MF Durval Pereira
12 FW Daniel Baccielo
No. Position Player
13 MF Zach Zurita
14 DF David Barna
15 MF Jannik Eckenrode
16 DF Trevor Alexander
17 FW Stanley Sandoval
19 FW Raphael Moura
20 MF Junior Cordeiro
21 MF Jake Zuniga
22 DF Vinicius Lelis
23 MF Raphael Carvalho
24 FW Nicholas Zuniga
25 MF Mark Grant
26 FW David Abunaw

Notable former players

Current staff

  • Robin Schuppert - General Manager
  • Alex Harrison - Head Coach
  • Joe Mingachos - Head Coach
  • Joe Falstoe - Assistant Coach
  • Sean Weir - Fitness Coach
  • Paul Winstanley - Goalie Coach

See also

References

  1. "Connecticut FC Azul Joins USL PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 11 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. "PDL 2013 standings". Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. "CFC Soccer to be based at Westconn". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  4. "WXCI 91.7 FM to broadcast Azul home games". 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  5. "AC Connecticut Unveils New Name, Logo". United Soccer Leagues (USL). September 5, 2014. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  6. "CFC AZUL CHANGES NAME TO A.C. CONNECTICUT". AC Connecticut. September 5, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-09-10. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  7. "Azul, WCSU Reach Agreement". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  8. "AC Connecticut - Men's PDL". Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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