Croatian Eagles

Croatian Eagles Soccer Club (Croatian: NK Hrvatski orlovi) from Milwaukee is a Croatian American soccer team that plays in the United Premier Soccer League. The club was established in 1922 as part of the Croatian diaspora, and is the oldest continuously run soccer club in North America.[1]

The club participated in the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They were champs of the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association's Challenge Cup five times, from 1999 to 2003.[2] The club is also a regular participant in the Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament which they last hosted in 2001.

The Croatian Eagles represented the state of Wisconsin at the USSF National Amateur Cup Region II in Bowling Green, KY (6/27/08-6/29/08). They completed the tournament with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Scott Gallagher team. The women's team has won the open cup and is in regionals. This men's team has many players who eventually play professional soccer throughout the world. Many players from the Majors team at Croatian Eagles Soccer Club have many Division 1 along with Division 2 and 3 players in the summers.

The Croatian Eagles also have a growing youth program with many teams that complete in the Wisconsin Developmental Academy and Midwest Regional League. The former Director of Coaching, Scott Suprise, has grown the youth program of Croatian Eagles from one team in 1998, to 34 teams at the end of 2016. The club uses the youth program to uniquely feed college, post-college, and professional players to their Premier League of America team, headed by current coach, Chris Logan.

On Sunday July 22, 2012 the Croatian Eagles represented the state of Wisconsin at the USASA National Cup winning 3-2 over the ASC New Star's from Texas and were national Champions for 2012.[3] They automatically qualified for competing in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The 2015 season saw Croatian Eagles enter their men's team in the fledgling Great Lakes Premier League along with teams from Illinois and Michigan. They finished fifth that season, and continued with the league, re-branded as the Premier League of America until that league merged with the United Premier Soccer League.

Croatian Eagles SC Logo
Full nameCroatian Eagles Soccer Club
GroundCroatian Park
Franklin, Wisconsin
Board PresidentUnited States Fredy Jany
Head CoachUnited States Chris Logan
LeagueUnited Premier Soccer League


  1. ^ "History". Croatian Eagles Soccer Club. Retrieved 11 October 2016. North America's Oldest Soccer Club
  2. ^ WASA Challenge Cup Champions
  3. ^ USASA National Cup Champions

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2006 U.S. Open Cup

The 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ran from June through September, open to all soccer teams in the United States.

The Chicago Fire won 3-1 over defending-champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the final at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. It was the Fire's fourth Open Cup title in nine years.

The early rounds were most notable for the surprising run of amateur side Dallas Roma F.C. of the North Texas Premier Soccer Association. Roma barely survived the first round in a penalty shootout win over PDL side Laredo Heat before upsetting Miami FC of the USL First Division 1-0 in the second round. Roma's biggest upset came in the third round with another shootout win, this time over CD Chivas USA.

The latter rounds of the tournament were dominated by MLS teams and both semifinals were matchups between conference rivals. The Galaxy, who had ended Roma's Cinderella run, beat Houston Dynamo in one semifinal, while Chicago beat league leader D.C. United in the other semifinal. In the championship game played at first-year Toyota Park, the host side scored two early goals en route to their 3-1 win.

2011 National Women's Cup

The 2011 USASA National Women's Cup was the 16th edition of the annual national soccer championship, won by the St. Louis powerhouse J.B. Marine S.C. in an overimte 2-1 victory over Sparta United WSC of Salt Lake City. This was J.B. Marine's sixth title over all competitions.

2012 Chicago Red Stars season

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2012 National Women's Cup

The 2012 USASA National Women's Cup was the 17th edition of the annual national soccer championship. The Chicago Red Stars won in their inaugural Cup campaign, beating the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) with just half of their official squad, the other half playing in the final regular-season WPSL Elite game.

2012 U.S. Open Cup

The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 99th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from May through early August. The Seattle Sounders FC, of Major League Soccer entered the competition as the three-time defending champions, making this tournament the first domestic tournament since 1970 that a team enters the tournament as the three-time defending winners. They appeared in their fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup Final, losing to Sporting Kansas City on August 8, 2012.

For the 2012 tournament, U.S. Soccer increased the main tournament from a 40-club tournament, to a 64-club tournament. All Major League Soccer clubs based in the U.S. received automatic berths. This made the U.S. Open Cup very similar to other domestic knock-out competitions where all top tier clubs earn automatic berths. The farthest advancing NASL teams were the Minnesota Stars FC, Carolina RailHawks, and San Antonio Scorpions (all beat 1 MLS team), while the farthest advancing USL Pro teams were the Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, and the Harrisburg City Islanders, who beat 2 MLS sides. All three USL Pro teams advanced a round past their division two NASL counterparts. The farthest advancing USL PDL team was the Michigan Bucks, who advanced to the 4th round after beating 1 MLS club.

The winner, Sporting Kansas City, received a cash prize of $100k and will also qualify for the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot B).

2012 USASA Region II National Cup

The 2012 USASA Region II National Cup was a qualifying tournament that determined which clubs from the second region of the United States Adult Soccer Association qualified for the first round proper of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. The Region II National Cup's first round matches took place on 14 April 2012 with the 2nd round match taking place on 15 April 2012. The regional tournament was held in Bensenville, IL. A blind draw held before the tournament determined that the winner of the Cincy Saints/KC Athletics match would receive an automatic berth into the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. The winners of the other two matches would play to determine the 2nd and final berth for Region II.

2013 USASA Region II National Cup

The 2013 USASA Region II National Cup is a qualifying tournament that will determine which clubs from the second region of the United States Adult Soccer Association qualified for the first round proper of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup. The Region II National Cup's first round matches will take place on 6 April 2012 with the 2nd round match taking place on 20 April 2012.

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Dušan Žanko (10 November 1904, Trilj, Kingdom of Dalmatia – 23 January 1980, Caracas) was a Croatian writer and the intendant of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb from 1941 to 1943.

He graduated from the Franciscan Classical Gymnasium in Široki Brijeg in 1924. During this time he was a member of the Croatian Eagles Association. He graduated in history from the University of Zagreb in 1928. He subsequently worked as a gymnasium professor in Zagreb. In the 1930s he was one of the leaders of the Crusader Brotherhood in Croatia, and was also active in Catholic Action.

From 22 April 1941 to 8 November 1943 he was intendant of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. During his time as intendant, he led Zagreb's opera company on performances in Venice, Florence and Rome in April 1942 and to Vienne in 1943. In January 1943, Bucharest's opera singers guested at the theatre, performing Aida and Carmen. After his stint at the theatre, he was employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a cultural-economic representative to France.

On 6 May 1945 Žanko emigrated. He spent the next few years at the refugee camp in Fermo. On 4 October 1946 the Yugoslav government requested his return to face trial, but the request was never carried out. In 1948 he moved to Argentina, before settling in Venezuela in 1954. In emigration he was active in the magazine Hrvatska revija and was president of the printing house Zajednica izdanja Ranjeni labud. He attended the canonization of Nikola Tavelić in Rome on 21 June 1970. Žanko attended the founding of the Croatian National Council in Toronto in 1974 and remained a member of the organization until his death.

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Ivo Protulipac

Ivo Protulipac was a Croatian lawyer and Catholic activist, assassinated in 1946, reportedly by the UDBA (Yugoslav secret police). He served in the defence of Marko Hranilović in the latter's trial by the Royal Yugoslav government in 1930.He was the president of the "Union of Croatian Eagles" ("Hrvatski orlovski savez"). When the association was banned by King Alexander's dictatorship, he reformed it together with Ivan Merz under the name "Crusaders" ("Križari"). He was subsequently imprisoned for this act and bishops Akšamović and Bonefačić were brought in by the authorities for questioning.He was assassinated, reportedly by UDBA agents, in Trieste in 1946. After Croatian independence, Protulipac's remains were exhumed and he was returned to Croatia and buried in Zagreb's Mirogoj cemetery.

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Marcio Leite

Márcio Leite (born August 5, 1984 in Aracaju) is a Brazilian soccer player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Wave of the MASL in the United States.Leite signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the then Major Indoor Soccer League in the fall of 2006. In the summer of 2007, the Wave sent him on loan with the expansion Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division. He played twelve games with the RailHawks and returned to Milwaukee for the 2007-2008 season. In the fall of 2008, the Wave moved to the newly created Xtreme Soccer League. However, Leite suffered a season ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first pre-season game. He then spent the winter in rehabilitation and working as a coach. Leite was injured again with the same injury while playing for the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club in the annual Labor Day Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio in September 2009.

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United States Adult Soccer Association

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The American Soccer League, National Premier Soccer League, Premier Development League and United Premier Soccer League are USASA national affiliates designed to promote a higher lever of competition than the state organizations. USASA also affiliates the Women's Premier Soccer League, one of the unrecognized second division leagues below the fully professional NWSL.

USASA has over 250,000 adult members within its leagues and teams.

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