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.

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC
Full nameCincinnati Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lions
Founded2013 (2013)
StadiumNorthern Kentucky University (NKU)
OwnersHans Philippo, Robert Rack, Mike Mossel
PresidentRobert Rack
Head CoachPaul Nicholson
LeagueUSL League Two
20193rd, Great Lakes Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The club is owned by majority stakeholder Hans Philippo who purchased the club alongside Club President Robert Rack in January 2017.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.



Kit manufacturers

Shirt sponsors

  • 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

Head coaches

Notable Former Players

2019 Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Wesley Storm Netherlands
4 Midfielder Yesin van der Pluijm Netherlands
7 Forward Michael Hamilton USA
8 Midfielder Connor Rutz USA
10 Forward Alex Greive New Zealand
12 Defender Zac Blaydes USA
13 Striker Austin Smythe USA
14 Forward Sebastian Andreassen Norway
16 Midfielder Reece Hands England
17 Midfielder Charlie Maciejewski USA
19 Midfielder Christian Kirchhoff Denmark
23 Forward Adam Snow USA
8 Midfielder Connor Rutz USA
24 Forward Ryan Melink USA
26 Forward Ian Black USA
28 Defender Christian Kallenberger USA
29 Defender Michael Vogt USA
30 Midfielder Bryce Day USA
31 Midfielder Alexander Higdon USA
33 Midfielder Logan Muck USA
99 Goalkeeper Ryan Burig USA


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