Cincinnati Dutch Lions
The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC are an American amateur soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio and playing home games in the suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky. Founded in 2013, the team plays in USL League Two.
|Full name||Cincinnati Dutch Lions Football Club|
|Stadium||Northern Kentucky University (NKU)|
|Owners||Hans Philippo, Robert Rack, Mike Mossel|
|Head Coach||Paul Nicholson|
|League||USL League Two|
|2019||3rd, Great Lakes Division|
The club is owned by majority stakeholder Hans Philippo who purchased the club alongside Club President Robert Rack in January 2017. This new ownership group includes Dr. Suresh Gupta and Mike Mossel, in representation of the Dutch Lions Capital Group, who remain minority owners in the club. Brandon Ponchak is the Club's General Manager after being hired in March 2017.
Their inaugural match at the Xavier University Soccer Complex on May 9, 2014 featured an appearance by soccer legend Ruud Gullit as he participated in a "Kick the Crossbar" contest and a pre-game ceremony.
The Cincinnati Dutch Lions were created and owned by Dutch Lions Capital Group BV, owners of the New York City Dutch Lions, Dayton Dutch Lions, Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions, and the Houston Dutch Lions.
CDLFC has found success in their short time including an appearance in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The ownership group of Philippo and Rack have made several changes for the clubs 2017 season including purchasing a charter bus for the team, moving to the NKU Soccer Stadium as their home field and the creation of a new bar in support of the club.
In November 2019, CDLFC became the first club to join the brand new Ohio Valley Premier League which will begin play in 2020.
|Season||Record (W-L-D)||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Open Cup||Head Coach|
|2014||6-4-4||USL PDL||2nd, South Atlantic||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Terry Nicholl|
|2015||8-5-1||USL PDL||2nd, South Atlantic||Divisional Playoff||Did not qualify||Terry Nicholl|
|2016||1-10-3||USL PDL||7th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify||1st Round||Terry Nicholl|
|2017||5-6-3||USL PDL||4th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Sid van Druenen|
|2018||6-4-4||USL PDL||3rd, Great Lakes||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Paul Nicholson|
|2019||6-3-5||USL League Two||3rd, Great Lakes||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Paul Nicholson|
|2020||0-0-0||USL League Two||TBD, Great Lakes||TBD||TBD||Paul Nicholson|
The Premier Development League (USL PDL) rebranded to USL League Two (USL2) after the 2018 season.
- 2014: N/A
- 2015: Holland Roofing
- 2016: Coca-Cola
- 2017: Mercedez-Benz of Fort Mitchell
- 2018: Mercedez-Benz of Fort Mitchell
- 2019: Mercedez-Benz of Fort Mitchell
- 2020: Mercedez-Benz of Fort Mitchell
Notable Former Players
Matt Nance signed in 2019 by Tacoma Defiance Geoffrey Dee signed in 2019 by Louisville City FC Adam Wilson 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick, 39th pick by Toronto FC Kevin Barajas signed in 2018 by Atlanta United 2 Zeus de la Paz signed in 2018 by Oldham Athletic AFC Jake Stovall 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick, 66th pick by Seattle Sounders. Played with Puerto Rico FC in 2017 Garrett Halfhill signed in 2017 by FC Cincinnati Jalen Brown 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick, 38th pick by New York City FC. Played with Rochester Rhinos in 2017 Oriol Cortes signed in 2016 by Orange County SC Kyle Smith signed in 2016 by Louisville City FC; signed in 2018 by Orlando City SC Alejandro Garcia signed in 2016 by Orlando City SC Eric Osswald signed in 2015 by Real Monarchs SLC
|4||Midfielder||Yesin van der Pluijm||Netherlands|
|10||Forward||Alex Greive||New Zealand|
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