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K-W United FC

K-W United FC
Full name Kitchener-Waterloo United Football Club
Nickname(s) Rage, Black and Blue Army
Founded 2010 (as Hamilton FC Rage)
Stadium University Stadium
Waterloo, Ontario
Ground Capacity 6,000
President Barry MacLean
Head Coach Chris Pozniak
League USL Premier Development League
2015 2nd, Great Lakes
Playoffs: PDL Champions
Website Club home page

K-W United FC is a Canadian soccer team based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2010 as Hamilton Rage FC, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American & Canadian soccer pyramid, in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.

The team previously played its home games at Brian Timmis Stadium and Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, but has played its games since 2013 at University Stadium in Waterloo, Ontario, after the club was moved to Kitchener-Waterloo and renamed following the 2012 season.[1]

Original Hamilton FC logo
The men's team also has a sister women's team, K-W United FC, who play in the USL W-League, but has no affiliation with SC Waterloo Region.

History

Hamilton FC Rage was announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on February 17, 2011.[2] They played their first competitive game on May 25, 2011, a 2–0 loss to the Toronto Lynx,[3] but won their second game 5–0 over the Ottawa Fury. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Dominic Bell.[4]

Relocation and re-branding

Following the 2012 PDL season, the club was re-named K-W United FC and relocated to Kitchener-Waterloo due to low attendance numbers in Hamilton since the club's inception in 2011. The club has no affiliation with SC Waterloo Region, who also plays in the area.[1]

In 2015, after finishing 2nd in the competitive Great Lakes Division, they became PDL Champions in the playoffs, defeating New York Red Bulls U-23 on August 2 in the final played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington, 4–3, with goals from Ben Polk, Joel Perez, Jarek Whiteman-Asiamah, and Juuso Pasanen.[5][6]

Players

Notable former players

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Canada Cup
2011 4 PDL 6th, Great Lakes Did not qualify N/A
2012 4 PDL 7th, Great Lakes Did not qualify N/A
2013 4 PDL 4th, Great Lakes Did not qualify N/A
2014 4 PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals N/A
2015 4 PDL 2nd, Great Lakes PDL Champions N/A

Honors

  • 2015 PDL Champions
  • 2015 Central Conference Champions

Head coaches

Stadiums

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2011: 168 (as Hamilton)
  • 2012: 135
  • 2013: 705 (first season as Kitchener)
  • 2014: 306
  • 2015: 136

See also

References

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External links

  • Official website
  • Official PDL site
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