Hamilton City Soccer Club

Hamilton City Soccer Club is a Canadian soccer team founded in 2016. The team is a member of the Canadian Soccer League, and play their home games at Cardinal Newman Secondary School multi-sport athletic field in the community of Stoney Creek, Hamilton.

Full nameHamilton City Soccer Club
Founded2016
StadiumHeritage Field
Hamilton, Ontario
ManagerKathleen Nurse
CoachSasa Vukovic
LeagueCanadian Soccer League
2019Regular season: 6th
Playoffs:Quarterfinal

History

In May, 2016, Andrew Crowe, the owner of London City, sold his share to his partner Zoran Kliseric, and relocated the club to Hamilton, Ontario marking the return of professional soccer to the city since Hamilton Croatia competed in the Canadian Soccer League in 2010.[1][2][3][4] The organizations territory was located at Stoney Creek with Cardinal Newman Secondary School multi-sport athletic field as their home venue.[5] Former London City manager Josip Dzale assumed the responsibilities of head coach, and assembled a roster of players with European and CSL experience. Dzale brought in Drazen Vukovic, Nikola Stanojević, Josip Keran, Miroslav Čabrilo, Igor Krmar, Haris Fazlagić, and Zdenko Jurcevic.[6]

Hamilton City made its league debut on May 27, 2016 against Milton SC, where Santiago Pestrepo scored the club's first historic goal in a 2-1 defeat.[7] Hamilton secured a postseason berth by finishing sixth in the standings. In the first round of the playoffs they faced Scarborough SC, where Hamilton advanced to the next round by a score of 3-0 with goals coming from Timotej Zakrajsek, Jurcevic, and Frane Grbesa.[8] Hamilton faced the regular league champions York Region Shooters and reached the CSL Championship final after a 4-1 victory in a penalty shootout.[9] Their opponents in the final were the Serbian White Eagles, where Domagoj Zubac recorded the first goal with Serbia tying the match later and scoring the final goal at the last minutes of the match to win the championship.[10] On February 20, 2017 it was announced that the owners of Hamilton SC decided not to field a team for the 2017 season.[11]

After a one year hiatus Hamilton returned for the 2018 season.[12]

Players

First Division roster

As of August 16, 2019[13]

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 Stefan Avramovic [14]
2 DF Luke Rankin [15]
4 MF Ahmed Mohamed
5 MF Haris Fazlagic
7 MF Vukasin Kovacevic
9 FW Sani Dey [16]
10 FW Timotej Zakrajsek [17]
12 MF Danijel Milojevic
14 DF Justin Dargue [18]
15 DF Stefan Stojanovic
16 FW Aldin Kukic
17 DF Ivan Stojakovic [19]
18 GK Andriy Kulik
19 MF Miroslav Cabrilo
21 DF Stefan Jeremic
No. Position Player
- MF Sime Alimpic
- FW Illija Bajcetic
- MF Stefan Blazic
- MF Igor Dizdarevic
- DF Marko Dzaric
- FW Marko Ferlez
- MF Nenad Jankovic
- DF Borislav Kotev
- FW Zoran Maletic
- DF Vladimir Mirkoski
- MF Haris Osmanagic [20]
- MF Haris Redžepi
- MF Filip Sekulic
- DF Đorđe Vukobrat
- MF Marko Zelenika [21]

Second Division roster

As of August 16, 2019[22]

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

No. Position Player
- DF Daniel Arcila
- MF Krista Glasnovic
- DF Cvitan Jelcic
- DF Borna Juracic [23]
- DF Aleksandar Lasic
- FW Arsen Platis [24]
No. Position Player
- MF Lucas Raposo [25]
- MF Pani Sarkis [26]
- DF Simo Vrakela [27]
- DF Milos Voruna
- MF Joe Willingham [28]
- DF Alen Zakrajsek

Head coaches

Years Name Nation
2016Josip Dzale Croatia
2018Sasa Vukovic

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2016[29] First Division CSL Sixth Finals
2018[30] First Division CSL Fifth Quarterfinal
2019[31] First Division CSL Sixth Quarterfinal

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