Ontario Fury

The Ontario Fury is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Ontario, California. Founded in 2013, the team made its debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League at the start of the 2013–14 season. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Arena under the leadership of general manager, head coach, and sometime-player Bernie Lilavois.[1][2][3] As of May 2014, the league is known as the Major Arena Soccer League.[4]

Ontario Fury
Founded2013
StadiumToyota Arena
Ontario, California
Capacity9,736
General Manager/
Head Coach
Bernie Lilavois
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League
2018–193rd, Pacific Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

History

In late May 2013, the owners of the now-dormant Anaheim Bolts announced that they would instead field a new PASL team at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.[5][6][7][8] The team held its first open tryouts on June 28–29.[9][10]

On July 25, team president Bernie Lilavois announced that "Ontario Fury" was chosen from over 500 fan-submitted entries in a name-the-team contest.[11][12] The name, logo, and team colors all reflect the passion of local soccer fans and the "powerful elements" of heat and wind that characterize the Inland Empire climate.[12][13][14]

Ontario Fury II

In 2017, the club started a developmental team known as Ontario Fury II that play in the new Major Arena Soccer League 2 (or M2, for short).

Year-by-year

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions* Playoff Berth
Year League Reg. Season GF GA Pct Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2013–14PASL5-11116151.3136th, PacificDid not qualify2,147
2014–15MASL13-7169145.6502nd, PacificLost Division Semi-Final2,503
2015-16MASL12-8146135.6004th, PacificDid Not Qualify3,094
2016-17MASL12-8148132.6002nd, PacificLost Division Finals3,023
2017-18MASL10-12155142.4553rd, PacificDid Not Qualify2,378
2018-19MASL11-13147117.4583rd, PacificDid Not Qualify2,359

The Fury began exhibition play on October 26 with a 16–8 win over Toros Mexico. They defeated the Dallas Sidekicks 6–5 in their first regular season game on November 10.[13][15][16] The team then suffered roster changes and struggled on the field.[2]

Playoffs

Season Record GF GA Avg. Attendance
2014-15 0-1 5 6 4,072
2016-17 1-2 12 14 3,675

Personnel

Active players

As of November 25, 2019.[17]

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

No. Position Player
00 GK Claysson De Lima
3 MF Marcus Jordan
9 MF Nestor Hernandez
10 MF Justin Stinson
11 MF Juan Carlos Gonzalez
13 MF Jermaine Jones
14 MF Andy Reyes
15 FW Franck Tayou
No. Position Player
19 DF De Bray Hollimon
20 DF Evan McNeley
21 DF Maicon De Abreu
23 MF Israel Sesay
31 GK Chris Toth
70 DF Uzi Tayou
91 MF Joseph Cairel

Inactive players

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

No. Position Player
MF Lee Jiho
MF Daniel Lopez
10 MF David Parente
No. Position Player
16 Adrien Perez
19 MF Jinho Kim
22 MF Ouday Belhadj

Staff

  • Jimmy Nordberg – Head coach
  • LeBaron HollimonAssistant coach
  • Troy McKerrell – Assistant coach

References

  1. Fowler, Clay (October 25, 2013). "Ontario Fury hoping the game will catch on". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Ontario, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. Escamilla, Micah (January 4, 2014). "Bernie Lilavois shows he still has the Fury to play pro soccer". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Ontario, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. Brewster, Louis (March 7, 2015). "Bernie Lilavois has built Ontario Fury into an indoor soccer attraction". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Ontario, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. "SOCCER: Fury welcomes back handful of veterans". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, CA: A. H. Belo. October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  5. Marroquin, Art (June 14, 2013). "Pro indoor soccer team bolts from Anaheim". The Orange County Register. Santa Ana, CA: Freedom Communications. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  6. "Pro soccer team will be playing at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario". Fontana Herald News. Fontana, CA: Century Group Newspapers. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  7. "PASL Announces Expansion Team in Inland Empire". Our Sports Central. May 29, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  8. Brewster, Louis (May 29, 2013). "Soccer: Indoor league coming to Ontario arena". The San Bernardino Sun. San Bernardino, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  9. Marshall, Pete (June 30, 2013). "SOCCER: Aspiring players try out for Ontario indoor team". The San Bernardino Sun. San Bernardino, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  10. Pope, Dennis (July 13, 2013). "SOCCER: Reporter Dennis Pope tries out for Ontario Pro team". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, CA: A. H. Belo. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  11. Zink, David (July 25, 2013). "SOCCER: Ontario names indoor franchise the "Fury"". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, CA: A. H. Belo. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  12. Brewster, Louis (July 25, 2013). "Fury chosen as new Ontario soccer team's name". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Ontario, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  13. "Ontario Fury Announcement". Our Sports Central. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  14. Powell, Nancy (November 14, 2013). "The Sound and the Fury". Inland Empire Weekly. Corona, CA. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  15. Alexander, Jim (October 24, 2013). "Getting the Ontario Fury off the ground". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, CA: A. H. Belo. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  16. Segal, Shel (November 1, 2013). "Great debut for Ontario Fury pro soccer team in 16-8 win". Fontana Herald News. Fontana, CA: Century Group Newspapers. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  17. "Ontario Fury roster". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 25 November 2019.


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