Lionsbridge Football Club, or Lionsbridge FC, is an American soccer club based out of the Virginia Peninsula, which comprises the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and York and James City counties. The club was founded in 2017, and play in USL League Two. The club's colors are blue, black and white, and the club is named for the Lions Bridge, the iconic Peninsula landmark that has stood along the James River and in the Mariners' Museum Park since 1923. The team plays its home games at Towne Bank Stadium on the campus of Christopher Newport University.
|Full name||Lionsbridge Football Club|
Newport News, Virginia
|Head coach||Chris Whalley|
|League||USL League Two|
|2019||5th, South Atlantic Division|
The original founders include Mike Vest, Kevin Joyce, and Dan Chenoweth, all of whom are Virginia Peninsula residents. Lionsbridge FC announced its launch on June 9, 2017 via a social media release. At the time of the team's announcement, the club invited fans to help determine its crest via a fan vote on social media. More than 600 people voted and the team unveiled the winning design in July 2017. The crest integrates four identifying features of the Virginia Peninsula - the Lions Bridge, the team's location and launch year, the James and York Rivers, and the region's importance as a hub of the United States military.
The team named Chris Whalley as its first head coach on February 14, 2018.
Notable former players
Tom Devitt (2018) signed with Gateshead FC on August 1, 2018.
Josh Spencer (2018) signed with Hinckley A.F.C. in England on August 2, 2018.
Joe Rice (2018) signed with Richmond Kickers of USL League One on March 20, 2019.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Source: 2019 Lionsbridge FC Roster
Year by year
|Year||League||Conference||Division||Pld||W||L||D||Pts||Pos||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Attendance|
|2018||PDL||Eastern||South Atlantic||14||4||5||5||17||3rd||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||1,340|
|2019||USL League Two||Eastern||South Atlantic||14||5||6||3||18||5th||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
Lionsbridge FC's inaugural season sponsors include Chick-fil-A (Official Jersey Sponsor), Riverside Health System (Official Sports Medicine Provider), Planet Fitness (Official Health Club), Nike (Official Apparel Supplier) and Financial Security Group.
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