Baltimore Bohemians

Baltimore Bohemians were an American soccer club based in Baltimore. They competed in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, between 2012 and 2016. The club went on hiatus for the 2017 season.

Baltimore Bohemians
Full nameBaltimore Bohemians
Nickname(s)The Bohs
Founded2011
Dissolved2017
GroundCedar Lane
Bel Air, Maryland
Capacity2,000
ChairmanLouis Angelos
ManagerMichael Marchiano
LeaguePremier Development League
20163rd, Mid Atlantic Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

History

Baltimore Bohemians were founded in 2011. The club was owned by Louis Angelos, son of Peter Angelos, along with James and Joe Tirabassi.

On December 2, 2011, the club named Steve Nichols as head coach for the team's inaugural season. Nichols played professionally for the Baltimore Spirit and Baltimore Bays in addition to coaching at the McDonogh School and with the Baltimore Bays youth club. He was named National Youth Boys Coach of the Year in 2008 by the NSCAA.[1]

The club announced in February 2012 that National Bohemian beer would be their marquee sponsor, with the brand's iconic "Mr. Boh" appearing on the team kit and fan apparel.[2]

The Bohemians became a development partner of D.C. United in April 2012.[3]

On July 17, 2013, the Bohemians announced a partnership with Bohemian F.C. of the League of Ireland, an agreement that will see the two clubs trade talent.[4]

End of 2013 regular season and first playoff berth

On July 21, 2013, in the final match of the season the Bohs were behind 2–0 against the Ocean City Nor'easters going into the 78th min. The Bohs fought back resulting in a three-goal burst in the last 12 minutes of play to give the Bohs a 3–2 win, the second seed in the Mid-Atlantic Division playoffs, and a home match against Reading United. The third goal was a dramatic header by keeper Zach Kane who was pulled forward in desperation to aid the attack of a 40 yd free kick from Geaton Caltabiano in the 94th min to net the winner.[5]

In 2013 the Bohemians finished second in the Mid-Atlantic Division with 29 points beating out 3rd place Reading and 4th place Jersey Express on goal difference. Baltimore finished the regular season scoring 42 goals, the most in the USL PDL. Forward Pete Caringi III finished the season as the league's top scorer and points leader with 16 goals, 5 assists, and 37 points. With the second-place finish, the Bohemians clinched their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup birth.[6]

On February 12, 2014, the team announced that coach Steve Nichols had stepped down after accepting the head coaching position at Loyola University Maryland.[7] On February 19, 2014 the club named former US National Team member Santino Quaranta as his replacement.[8]

On January 12, 2017, the club announced that they were going on hiatus and would not field a team for the 2017 season.[9]

Colors and badge

The club's colors are black, gold and red in honor of the Flag of Maryland.

The Bohemians crest has four quadrants. The top left quadrant features the black and gold crest of George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, the bottom right quadrant features black and red stripes – a nod to Bohemian F.C. of Ireland and the other two quadrants feature a blue crab and a Black Eyed Susan, both symbols of Maryland. The quadrants are split by a cross, another homage to the flag of the state of Maryland.

The club's home kit was premiered on American soccer blog The Denim Kit on February 16, 2012. It prominently features the black and gold pattern in the club's crest.[10]

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid Atlantic Divisional Playoffs Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify 3rd round[11]
2015 4 USL PDL 7th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify

Stadium

The club played their inaugural season at Cedar Lane in Bel Air. In 2013 the club moved to the Ridley Athletic Complex at Loyola University Maryland. For the 2014 season the club made Calvert Hall College High School's Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson, Maryland their home. For the 2015 season the club moved to Bonvegna Field in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood. The team is returning to Cedar Lane in Bel Air for the 2016 season.

References

  1. "Bohs Name Nichols Head Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 2, 2011. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  2. "Bohs Partner With Pabst Brewing". United Soccer Leagues (USL). February 1, 2012. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  3. "Bohemians Team With D.C. United". United Soccer Leagues (USL). April 25, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  4. "Baltimore Partners With Bohemian F.C." United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on October 15, 2013.
  5. "PDL Playoffs Participants Set". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 22, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  6. "PDL Award Winners Announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). Archived from the original on November 24, 2013.
  7. "Nichols steps down as Bohs Coach". Baltimore Bohemians. February 12, 2014.
  8. "Santino Quaranta Named Bohs Coach". Baltimore Bohemians. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  9. "Club Statement Regarding the Future". Baltimore Bohemians. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  10. Geo, Elo (February 16, 2012). "Baltimore Bohemians Release Kit, Scarf, Logo, Schedule". The Denim Kit. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  11. "2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Kicks Off May 7". U.S. Soccer. April 24, 2014.
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