Forward Madison FC

Forward Madison FC is an American professional soccer team based in Madison, Wisconsin. The team was founded in 2018, and will play its inaugural season in 2019, competing in the third division of the US soccer league system, USL League One. The team will play their home matches at Breese Stevens Field.

Forward Madison FC
Forward Madison FC logo
Nickname(s)Flamingos
FoundedMay 17, 2018
StadiumBreese Stevens Field
Capacity5,000
OwnerBig Top Events
Managing directorPeter Wilt
CoachDaryl Shore
LeagueUSL League One (III)
WebsiteClub website

History

Madison Pro Soccer logo
Logo of Madison Pro Soccer prior to the club name being chosen

In January 2018, it was announced that Big Top Events, which owns the Madison Mallards and has operated Breese Stevens Field since 2015, were planning on bring a soccer franchise to Madison which would begin in early 2019.[1] As part of the plan, Big Top Events looked to have $2 million invested into renovating the stadium, pending a contract renegotiation with the City of Madison.[2] Big Top Events wished to have a longer term lease, along with an increase in the number of concerts at the stadium, more employees at the venue, and $1.6 million from the city for facility upgrades.[3]

On May 15, 2018, the Madison City Council approved a new ten-year contract with Big Top Events. As part of the agreement, the city agreed to pay $1.3 million toward facility improvements.[4] This includes an expansion of the stadium for a seating capacity of 5,000.[5] Following this, Madison were officially announced as the fourth founding member of USL League One on May 17, 2018.[6] The professional league, which will be the third-division in the US soccer league system, is scheduled to begin in March 2019.[7][8] Madison became the first team based in the Midwestern United States to join the league, and will become the only current outdoor professional soccer team in Wisconsin.[9] Following the announcement, Peter Wilt was appointed as managing director of the team.[10] Madison is the sixth team Wilt has helped launch, having previously been involved in the formation of teams such as Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven.[11]

In June 2018, Madison Pro Soccer began a "Name Your Club" online voting contest to recommend a name for the team.[12][13] On July 16, it was announced that the final vote was between the names "Forward Madison FC/SC" and "AFC Madison".[14] The team name will be announced in late 2018, with the club having chosen the name which won the online vote.[15] Forward Madison FC was announced as the official name on November 18, 2018.

On September 27, 2018, Daryl Shore was announced as the first head coach of Madison.[16][17] He will also serve as the technical director of the team.[18][19] Shore had previously worked in various roles at Chicago Fire with Peter Wilt, and served as the interim coach of Real Salt Lake in 2017.[20][21] In September 2018, Don Smart was the team's first player signing, which was announced on October 24.[22]

The club announced, on December 7, 2018, a one-year affiliation agreement with Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer.[23]

Stadium

Breese Stevens Field
Breese Stevens Field will host the team's matches.

The team will play their matches at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, which will be expanded from a grandstand capacity of 3,740 to 5,000.[24] The stadium, which was built in 1925, is the city's oldest sports park and is owned by the City of Madison and since 2015 has been operated by Big Top Events.[5] The venue has been designated as a city landmark since 1995, and in 2015 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[25] The stadium hosts the Madison 56ers and East High School soccer teams, the Madison Radicals ultimate team, as well as other sport competitions, concerts, and community events.[3]

Sponsorship

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–present Denmark Hummel Dairyland Insurance

Players

Current squad

As of March 4, 2019[26]

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

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Ryan Coulter
3 United States MF Eric Leonard
6 United States MF Brandon Eaton
7 Jamaica MF Don Smart
8 United States MF Jeff Michaud
10 Ecuador MF Danny Tenorio
11 Brazil FW Paulo Jr.
12 Tanzania MF Ally Hamis Ng'anzi (on loan from Minnesota United)
13 United States DF Connor Tobin
No. Position Player
14 United States FW Brian Bement
17 Jamaica MF Zaire Bartley
19 Tanzania MF Vital Nizigiyimana
23 United States DF Carl Schneider
27 Mexico DF Christian Díaz
29 United States FW J. C. Banks
70 Panama MF Josiel Núñez (on loan from Universitario)
77 Japan MF Jiro Barriga Toyama
92 United States GK Brian Sylvestre

Coaches

Current staff

Coaching staff
United States Daryl Shore Head coach and technical director
United States Neil Hlavaty Assistant coach
Republic of Ireland Ryan Coulter Goalkeeper coach
Sport management and organization
United States Conor Caloia Chief operating officer
United States Peter Wilt Managing director

Record

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2019 3 USL1 TBD TBD TBD

References

  1. ^ Becker, Abigail (January 19, 2018). "Breese Stevens Field operators take steps to draw minor league soccer franchise to Madison". The Capital Times. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Arthur, Keely (January 24, 2018). "Events company looking to bring minor league soccer to Breese Stevens Field". Channel3000.com. WISC-TV. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mosiman, Dean; Wroge, Logan (January 25, 2018). "Madison weighs big changes for Breese Stevens Field". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Becker, Abigail (May 8, 2018). "Finance Committee approves 10-year Big Top contract, upgrades at Breese Stevens Field". The Capital Times. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Milewski, Todd D. (May 16, 2018). "In move toward pro soccer launch, City Council approves new contract with Big Top Events". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Madison Unveiled as Fourth USL Division III Founding Member". USLD3.com. USL League One. May 17, 2018. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (May 18, 2018). "It's official: Madison pro soccer team will join USL Division III league as founding member in 2019". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Becker, Abigail (May 17, 2018). "Breese Stevens Field will be home to Madison pro soccer team in 2019". The Capital Times. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Williams, Marylee (May 18, 2018). "Madison Getting First-Ever Professional Men's Soccer Team". WPR.org. Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (May 17, 2018). "Big Top hires Peter Wilt to launch pro soccer team at Breese Stevens Field in 2019". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Mahoney, Ridge (May 30, 2018). "Peter Wilt talks about starting up another soccer team in Madison, independent landscape and his days in Chicago and Indianapolis". socceramerica.com. Soccer America. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Michael, Popke (May 31, 2018). "Big time soccer". Isthmus. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Chappell, Robert (June 1, 2018). "Voting Underway to Name Madison's Pro Soccer Team". madison365.com. Madison365. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Name Your Club Finals". madisonprosoccer.com. Madison Pro Soccer. July 16, 2018. Archived from the original on September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Coming in September". madisonprosoccer.com. Madison Pro Soccer. August 17, 2018. Archived from the original on September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Head Coach Reveal Party". madisonprosoccer.com. Madison Pro Soccer. September 25, 2018. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Lueneburg, Chris (September 27, 2018). "Madison Pro Soccer announces head coach". Channel3000.com. WISC-TV. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (September 27, 2018). "Daryl Shore named first head coach for Madison Pro Soccer team". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Daryl Shore Named First Madison Pro Soccer Head Coach". USLD3.com. USL League One. September 27, 2018. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Kennedy, Paul (September 27, 2018). "USL League One Moves: Shore reunited with Wilt in Madison". socceramerica.com. Soccer America. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "Madison Pro Soccer names first head coach". NBC15.com. WMTV. September 27, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Special Message from Managing Director Peter Wilt". madisonprosoccer.com. Madison Pro Soccer. September 25, 2018. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Milewski, Todd D. (December 7, 2018). "Forward Madison FC unveils affiliation with MLS' Minnesota United". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  24. ^ "Breese Stevens Field". cityofmadison.com. City of Madison Parks Division. Archived from the original on September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  25. ^ Johnson, Allie (December 5, 2014). "Breese Stevens Field gets recognized as a national landmark". Isthmus. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  26. ^ "Forward Madison FC 2019 Roster". Forward Madison FC. Retrieved February 26, 2019.

External links

2019 Forward Madison FC season

The 2019 Forward Madison FC season will be the inaugural season in the soccer team's history, where they will compete in the third division of American soccer, USL League One, the first season of the competition. Forward Madison FC also will participate in this season's edition of the domestic cup, the U.S. Open Cup. Forward Madison will play their home games at Breese Stevens Field, located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States.

2019 U.S. Open Cup

The 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the 106th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing competition in the United States and was contested by 84 teams from leagues in the U.S. system.The 84 entrants included the 21 American clubs from Major League Soccer and 25 non-affiliated American clubs in the USL Championship. The new USL League One entered its 6 non-affiliated clubs. The qualification tournament, held in 2018 and early 2019, determined 7 teams from local amateur leagues. The 10 entrants from the USL League Two and the 14 from the National Premier Soccer League were determined based on results achieved in those leagues in 2018. Finally, beginning this year, the reigning champion of the National Amateur Cup, Milwaukee Bavarian SC, was invited to the tournament. Houston Dynamo is the defending champion.

2019 USL League One season

The 2019 USL League One season will be the inaugural season of USL League One. The regular season will consist of a 28–game schedule, beginning March 29 and concluding October 5. The playoffs will begin the weekend of October 11–13 with the final match of the postseason set to take place October 17–21.

Brandon Eaton

Brandon Eaton is an American soccer player who currently plays for Forward Madison FC of USL League One.

Breese Stevens Field

Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is an athletic field owned by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and operated by Big Top Baseball. Located eight blocks northeast of the Wisconsin State Capitol on the Madison Isthmus, it is the oldest extant masonry grandstand in Wisconsin.The field is named in honor of Breese J. Stevens (1834–1903), a mayor of Madison and a University of Wisconsin–Madison regent, on the wishes of his widow who sold the land to the city. This complex is a Madison Landmark and was nominated by the Madison Trust in 1995. It was accepted for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board on November 21, 2014.

Breese Stevens Field is home to Edgewood College teams; Madison East High School teams, the Madison 56ers amateur soccer team; and the professional Ultimate frisbee team, the Madison Radicals. It has hosted Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's girls' soccer tournaments and an exhibition match of Australian Football. The field has also hosted ice skating, boxing, wrestling, track and field, midget car racing, rodeos, circuses, drum and bugle corps competitions, concerts, and fraternal and religious gatherings.

Brian Bement

Brian Bement (born July 2, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Brian Sylvestre

Brian Sylvestre (born December 19, 1992) is an American soccer player for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Christian Antonio Díaz

Christian Antonio Díaz Domínguez (born April 7, 1991 in Guadalajara, Jalisco), known as Christian Díaz, is a Mexican professional football player who plays for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Connor Tobin

Connor Tobin (born February 11, 1987) is an American soccer player who plays for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Daryl Shore

Daryl Shore (born January 6, 1970 in Peekskill, New York) is a retired U.S. soccer goalkeeper who is currently the head coach and technical director of Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Don Smart

Don Smart (born 2 December 1987) is a Jamaican footballer who currently plays for Forward Madison FC in USL League One as a midfielder. He is also capable of playing as a striker or outside back.

Green Bay Voyageurs FC

Green Bay Voyageurs FC is an American soccer team based in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Founded in 2018, the team is a member of the USL League Two. The team is owned by Big Top Soccer, who also owns Forward Madison FC of USL League One, and their managing director is Peter Wilt, the former general manager of the Chicago Fire.The team was officially announced in October 2018. The Voyageurs name and colours were announced on February 9, 2019 at Green Bay Distillery. Fans were given the opportunity to suggest a name for the team in October, with Voyageurs being the most-submitted team name.

J. C. Banks

Jimmy "J. C." Banks (born August 24, 1989 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Jeff Michaud

Jeffrey Michaud (born September 30, 1993) is an American soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Forward Madison FC.

Josiel Núñez

Josiel Alberto Núñez Rivera (born 29 January 1993) is a Panamanian footballer who plays for Forward Madison FC on loan from Universitario.

Neil Hlavaty

Neil Hlavaty (born December 27, 1986) is a former American soccer player who is currently an assistant coach for Forward Madison FC.

Paulo Jr. (footballer)

Paulo Morais de Araújo Júnior (born January 23, 1989) is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

Peter Wilt

Peter Wilt is a soccer executive who was the first President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, led an effort to bring an expansion MLS franchise to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and maintains strong connections to the sport of soccer in the Midwest, Chicago in particular. Wilt is most known for his work with the Chicago Fire, where he gained a reputation for being a fan-friendly businessman in the soccer world.

Zaire Bartley

Zaire Bartley (born 5 March 1998) is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a midfielder for Forward Madison FC in USL League One.

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