Milwaukee Bavarian SC
Milwaukee Bavarian SC is an American soccer team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Bavarian Majors of the Bavarian Soccer Club compete in the United Premier Soccer League. The team plays its home games in the athletic stadium at the Heartland Value Fund Stadium. The team's colors are blue and white. Bavarian Soccer Club has won four USASA National Amateur Cup titles as well as two National Open Cup championships and is a frequent qualifier for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
|Full name||Milwaukee Bavarian Soccer Club|
|Ground||Heartland Value Fund Stadium|
|Board President||David Anzia|
|Head Coach||Patrick Hodgins|
|League||United Premier Soccer League|
|2018||1st, North Division|
The original Milwaukee Bavarians club was formed by German American immigrants in 1929 as Fussball Club Bayern (Football Club Bavaria) as a multi-sports association. Their first football match was played on September 29, 1929 against a team from nearby Sheboygan, resulting in a 3–2 victory for Bayern. The club subsequently became very strong in its area, winning many state championships.
In 1956 they took their present name and bought a new field on which to play home matches. They were a charter member of the National Premier Soccer League in 2005. The team took a hiatus from the NPSL for the 2014 season to focus on completing substantial upgrades to their Heartland Value Fund Stadium. The total upgrades estimated to cost $1.1 million. At the end of that hiatus, they joined the Great Lakes Premier League, which changed its name to the Premier League of America shortly thereafter.
Bavarian Soccer Club has won eight national championships. In 1976 they won their first National Amateur Cup, when they defeated a team from Trenton, New Jersey 3–1 in the final. They repeated this success in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2018. They have also finished as runners-up in this tournament (1983, 2016, and 2017).
In 2003 the Bavarians also won the USASA National Open Cup amateur championship. The club would win the competition again in 2009. USASA eliminated this national tournament in 2015.
|Year||League||Reg. Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup|
|2005||NPSL||2nd, Midwest||Semi Finals||Did not qualify|
|2006||NPSL||4th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2007||NPSL||2nd, Midwest||Did not qualify||Second Round|
|2008||NPSL||4th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2010||NPSL||4th, Midwest||Did not qualify||Did not enter|
|2011||NPSL||1st, Midwest||National Semifinals||Did not qualify|
|2012||NPSL||2nd, Midwest-Central||Did not qualify||First Round|
|2013||NPSL||2nd, Midwest-Central||Did not qualify||First Round|
|2016||PLA||1st, West Division||Champions||Did not enter|
|2017||PLA||1st, West Division||Champions||Did not enter|
|2018||UPSL||1st, Midwest-North||Champions||Did not enter|
- USASA National Amateur Cup winner – 1976, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2018
- USASA Werner Fricker Open Cup winner – 2003, 2009 (national competition ceased after 2015)
- NPSL Midwest Division winner – 2011
- PLA West Division winner – 2016, 2017
- PLA Champions – 2016, 2017
- UPSL National Champions – 2018
- UPSL Midwest Champions – 2018
- Heartland Value Fund Stadium; Glendale, Wisconsin (1950–present)
- Anderson, Eric. "Amateur notes: Bavarians taking hiatus from NPSL in 2014". Wisconsin Soccer Central. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- Anderson, Eric. "Bavarians to join Great Lakes Premier League in 2016". Wisconsin Soccer Central. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "West Division Team of the Year". Premier League of America. Retrieved 20 September 2016.