Floridians FC

The Floridians Football Club (Floridians FC or FFC) is an American soccer team based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, that plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference.

Floridians F.C.
Full nameFloridians Football Club
Nickname(s)FFC
Founded2009
Dissolved2017
GroundCentral Broward Regional Park
Lauderhill, Florida
Capacity20,000
ChairmanFranck Gotsman
Head CoachFernando Valenzuela
LeaguePremier Development League
20164th, Southeast Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The team plays its home games on the Main Event Field at Central Broward Regional Park in nearby Lauderhill, Florida. The team's colors are navy and yellow.

History

On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Schulz Academy was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise,[1] joining the league in 2010. The team played its first competitive game on May 7, 2010, a 1-0 loss to the Bradenton Academics.[2]

At the time, USL’s Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt was “thrilled to welcome such a successful youth program as the Schulz Academy to the PDL". Their proven track record in developing players, including US National Team star Jozy Altidore, speaks for itself. "The club is a model organization in the Super Y-League and we are confident they will be an asset to the Southeast Division of the PDL.

The PDL team was coached by founder Dr. Josef Schulz, recognized as one of the top youth coaches in the country. Notable players that have been developed within the club included Matt Luzunaris, Hasani Sinclair and CJ Phelps of the U18 US Men’s National Team; Donovan Henry, Zach Herold, and Stefan Jerome of the US U17 Men’s National Team; and US National Team and Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore. Academy founder Josef Schulz died of cancer on July 22, 2013.[3][4] With the sad passing of its founder, Schulz Academy decided to resume the Soccer Academy but gave up the PDL franchise to the Floridians FC. The Floridians F.C. are very proud to be able to provide a PDL team in the Miami Metropolitan Area.

The Floridians F.C. want to bring talents to South Florida and establish strong partnerships with professional players and clubs around the world. They will be competing in the PDL league of the USL and have established their home base at the Central Broward Park Stadium. The stadium, located at the heart of the Tri County Area offers easy access from the whole Miami Metropolitan Area, has a capacity of 15,000 seats and has the capabilities to welcome the tournaments and the many events the club will be hosting.

Players

Current Players

As of 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Pablo Terminello
3 DF Cristian Morales
5 MF Jose Vidal
6 DF Jason Sangha
7 MF Deniz Bozkurt
8 FW John Junior Nkomb Nkomb
9 FW Paolo Vaz
10 MF Rudy Haddad
11 FW Lucas Roque
12 MF William Suedois
14 DF Luis Caicedo
15 MF Olando Lawrence
17 MF Aliou Traore
19 FW Daniel Marrugo
20 MF Mark Hanlon
No. Position Player
21 FW Jose Abrams
22 MF Antonio Junior
23 GK Kololo M'Sendo
24 MF Matias Solari
25 MF Bruno Da Silva
26 FW Theo Stamtapoulos
27 MF Jean Rodriguez
28 MF Marc Duqueney
29 FW Alan McCann
30 GK Daniel Har
31 DF Santiago Crosetti
32 DF Facundo Torres
33 MF Miguel Benito
35 MF Miguelangel Grande
00 GK Tyler Brew

Notable former players

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team with Schulz Academy.

Former Players

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

No. Position Player
GK Terrance Dieterich[5]
GK David Sarabia[6]
FW Andrew Wright[7]
FW Andres Velasquez
MF Juan Gonzalez
DF Alex Trujillo[8]
MF Manuel Gonzalez[9]
MF Charlie Caceda[10]
MF William Suedois[11]
FW Andrew Mattek
MF Donovan Henry[12]
MF Jose Abrams
DF Nigel Blair
DF Stephen Millage
FW Christian Jerome
No. Position Player
DF Thurstan Johnson
MF Jeff Michaud
MF Sallim Dahman
DF Yanis Mana[13]
MF Stephan von Lattorff
MF Brendan Abernethy
MF Nicolas Olsak
FW Daniel Wartner
MF Nishane Reid
MF Levent Güler
GK John Ricketti[14]
GK Gian Di Boscio
MF Andrés Chevasco
MF Milorad Pasic[15]

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 USL PDL 8th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 7th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 8th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coaches

  • Fernando Valenzuela (2014–Current)
  • Claude Anelka (2013–2014)
  • Josef Schulz (2010–2013)

Stadium

References

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