FC Morristown, commonly known as FC Motown, are an American soccer club based in Morristown, New Jersey. Founded in 2012, the team currently plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league and commonly accepted but unofficial fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team plays its home games at Drew University's Ranger Stadium. Since its founding the club has been coached by former United States U-20 player, Šaćir Hot.
|Full name||FC Morristown|
Madison, New Jersey
|Owner(s)||Dan Karosen and Scott Kindzierski|
|Head coach||Šaćir Hot|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
FC Morristown was founded in 2012 by Scott Kindzieski and Dan Karosen and began play in the Garden State Soccer League (GSSL), an amateur soccer league for teams based in the state of New Jersey. While fully amateur, the team qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open Cup by beating tournament regular Lansdowne Bhoys FC, 3-2. The team advanced to the Second Round by beating NPSL side New Jersey Copa FC, 2-1, before falling to Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League, 3-0.
In 2017, the team began working with NPSL side Clarkstown SC Eagles and supplied most of Clarkstown's players and staff. Following the season, Clarkstown Eagles re-branded as FC Motown in late 2017.
The 2018 season was the most successful in the team's short history. With a regular season record of 9-1-0 (27 points) Motown finished atop the Keystone Conference table before winning the conference playoffs all-together by beating West Chester United SC in the final. In the Regional and National Playoff, reached the National Final by beating FC Baltimore, New York Cosmos B, and FC Mulhouse Portland with a combined score of 8-3. In the final, the team would fall at home to Miami FC 2, 3-1, in front of a sold out crowd of 2,143.
Motown still fields a team in the GSSL and are five-time Super Division Champions, winning the title in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Entering the 2018 season, FC Motown had a 23-game undefeated streak in the GSSL before falling to Jackson Lions FC in the middle of the season.
FC Motown has had multiple players sign professional contacts off its squad during its brief history and signed professional talent such as former New York Red Bulls star Dilly Duka and New York Cosmos midfielder Jimmy Mulligan among others. The team has had friendlies against professional teams such as New York City FC, New York Red Bulls II, the Ecuadorian U-20 National Football Team, Peruvian side Sport Boys, and a controlled scrimmage with the Ecuador national football team.
Players & staff
Šaćir Hot (2012– )
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Year||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Notes|
|2017||GSSL||1st, Super Division||N/A||2nd Round||Played as a fully amateur side|
|2018||NPSL||1st, Keystone Conference||National Final||2nd Round||Lost in National Final to Miami FC 2|
|2019||NPSL||3rd, Keystone Conference||Northeast Regional Semifinal||1st Round||Lost in Northeast Regional Semifinal to FC Baltimore Christos|
|Year||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Notes|
|2012||NPSL||3rd, Keystone Conference||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Played as Jersey City Eagles FC|
|2013||NPSL||3rd, Keystone Conference||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2014||NPSL||5th, Keystone Conference||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2015||NPSL||1st, Keystone Conference||Regional Final||Did not qualify||Lost in Northeast Regional Final to New York Cosmos B|
|2016||NPSL||1st, Keystone Conference||National Semifinal||1st Round||Lost in National Semifinal to AFC Cleveland|
|2017||NPSL||2nd, Keystone Conference||Northeast Regional Final||1st Round||Lost in Northeast Regional Final to Elm City Express|
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