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Houston Dutch Lions

Houston Dutch Lions FC
Full name Houston Dutch Lions Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lions
Founded 2011 (as Texas Dutch Lions FC)
Stadium HDL FC Soccer Facility
Conroe, Texas
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Martin Kroeze
President Martin Kroeze
Head Coach Marco Pruis
League USL Premier Development League
2014 5th, Mid South Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

The Houston Dutch Lions FC is an American soccer club based in The Woodlands, Texas.[1] Founded in 2011, the team plays in the Mid South Division of the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, playing home games at the team owned HDL FC Soccer Facility located in Conroe, Texas.

The club is owned by Martin Kroeze.


  • History 1
  • Colors and badge 2
  • Home ground 3
  • Training ground 4
  • Club culture 5
    • International partnerships 5.1
  • Players and staff 6
    • Current roster 6.1
    • Staff 6.2
    • Head coaches 6.3
    • Year-by-year 6.4
  • Average attendance 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Texas Dutch Lions FC was founded on 17 November 2011, and played their inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League in 2012,[2] finishing 4th in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference but missing the playoffs.

The Youth Academy of the club began training in 2011 with only one location in Conroe, Texas. In 2012, the Youth Academy expanded to its second training location to service players in The Woodlands.[1]

On 1 April 2013, Texas Dutch Lions FC changed their official name to Houston Dutch Lions FC. The club has been using the new title for several months, but it wasn't official until 1 April.[3]

On 12 February 2013, the club announced the signing of new head coach, former Dutch player Hans van Arum, for the 2013 season.[4]

On February 18th, 2014 the Houston Dutch Lions FC announced the signing of Marco Pruis as their new Head Coach for the 2014 USL PDL season.[5]

Colors and badge

The old Texas Dutch Lions FC logo.

The Houston Dutch Lions FC crest is a modified version of Dayton's logo, featuring the white and blue field, with an orange lion centered on the crest. The script above the vector lion reads the club's name.

Home ground

Training ground

  • Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas (October 2013-). The fields are the training grounds of the teams: USL Premier Development League, HFA, Texas Premier Soccer League (TPSL), Super 20, and the club's Youth Academy. It will be the home pitch for TPSL and Super 20 matches.[6]

Club culture

International partnerships

The Houston Dutch Lions FC share in the partnership of their ownership group and sister club, Dayton Dutch Lions, with Dutch Eredivisie champions, FC Twente. On 17 January 2011, the Dutch Lions Group signed a five-year contract to foster development of players, academy teams, training practices, and possibly facilitate loans or transfers of players between teams.[7]

Players and staff

Current roster

USL Premier Development League roster for the 2014 season:

As of 15 August 2014.[8]
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 Emmanuel Frias
18 GK Charles Schober
26 GK Jason Taffet
2 DF Cameron Free
3 DF Lars Willemse
4 DF Lukas Simon (captain)
5 DF Elias Barahona
12 DF John Cordier
13 DF Michael Stewart
21 DF Jonathan Segovia
22 DF Enrique Gonzalez
23 DF Erick Suarez
6 MF David Perez
No. Position Player
8 MF Wessel Verhaar
10 MF Gustavo Alvarado
15 MF Mario Garcia
19 MF Mitchell Ostrowski
24 MF Kelvin Iloba
25 MF Jack Hayes
7 FW Jonathan Sanchez
9 FW Rimario Gordon
11 FW Javier Vazquez
14 FW David Otoya
16 FW Joe Jackson
17 FW Jorge Contreras
20 FW Forrest Fegert


Executive staff
Position Staff
President Martin Kroeze
Vice President Robbert Kroeze
Business Manager Dennis Kroeze
Technical Director Marco Pruis


Coaching staff
Position Staff
Head Coach Marco Pruis
Academy Manager Michiel van de Heijning
Manager Camps Maarten van der Wal


Head coaches


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify

Average attendance

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

  • 2012: Unknown


  1. ^ a b "Houston Dutch Lions: History". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Houston Dutch Lions FC Join USL PDL".  
  3. ^ "Houston Dutch Lions Announce Official Name Change". Houston Dutch Lions. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dutch Lions Announce New Coach".  
  5. ^ "Houston Dutch Lions FC announces new Head Coach PDL team". Houston Dutch Lions. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "HDLFC Soccer Complex". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dutch Lions Ink 5-Year Partnership".  
  8. ^ "USL PDL Team". Houston Dutch Lions. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 

External links

  • Official site
  • USL PDL profile

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