GPS Portland Phoenix

GPS Portland Phoenix is an American soccer team based in Portland, Maine, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

GPS Portland Phoenix
Full nameGPS Portland Phoenix
Nickname(s)Phoenix
Founded2009 (2009)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Portland, Maine
Capacity5,200
Head CoachJosh Thornton
LeagueUSL League Two
20192nd, Northeast Division
Playoffs: Conference Semifinal
WebsiteClub website

The team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Deering High School. The team's colors are sky blue, white and black.

History

The Phoenix acquired their PDL franchise rights from the now-defunct Cape Cod Crusaders, the PDL national champions in 2002 and 2003 who left the league at the end of the 2008 season. They are part of the larger Maine Premier Soccer ("MPS") organization, which was founded in 2009 as a sister company to Massachusetts Premier Soccer, with a mission to develop aspiring professional soccer players and coaches in Maine.

The team played its first official game on May 9, 2010, a 3–0 victory over the Westchester Flames. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Chris Banks.[1]

Global Premier Soccer rebranded the team GPS Portland Phoenix in 2012.[2]

Players

Current roster

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 Matt Williams
2 GK Justin Saliba
3 DF Luisinho Pereira
4 DF Marshall Miller
5 DF Giovanny Vazquez
6 DF Graham Forsyth
7 DF Wyatt Omsberg
8 DF David Styles
9 DF Javen Palmer
10 MF Alessandro Pappalardo
No. Position Player
11 MF Gui Leme
12 MF Ben Havey
13 MF Kyle Shangraw
14 MF Pedro Neto
15 MF Matt Danilack
16 MF Xahne Reid
17 MF Khesanio Hall
18 MF Skyler Milne
19 MF Dimitri Roumeliotis

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.

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Divisional Playoff Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Divisional Playoff Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Divisional Playoff 2nd Round
2014 4 USL PDL 6th, Northeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2015 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 1st, Northeast Divisional Playoff 1st Round
2017 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2018 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify

Honors

  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2011
  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2015
  • USL PDL Northeast Division Champions 2016

Head coaches

Stadia

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive.[3]

  • 2010: 426
  • 2011: 483
  • 2012: 550
  • 2013: 584
  • 2014: 525
  • 2015: 512

References

  1. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. "GPS Portland Phoenix 2012". Global Premier Soccer. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  3. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2013-12-03.


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