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|
|Founded||May 17, 2018|
|Stadium||Breese Stevens Field|
|Owner||Big Top Events|
|Managing director||Peter Wilt|
|League||USL League One (III)|
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. 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. 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.
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. This includes an expansion of the stadium for a seating capacity of 5,000. Following this, Madison were officially announced as the fourth founding member of USL League One on May 17, 2018. The professional league, which will be the third-division in the US soccer league system, is scheduled to begin in March 2019. 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. Following the announcement, Peter Wilt was appointed as managing director of the team. 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.
In June 2018, Madison Pro Soccer began a "Name Your Club" online voting contest to recommend a name for the team. On July 16, it was announced that the final vote was between the names "Forward Madison FC/SC" and "AFC Madison". The team name will be announced in late 2018, with the club having chosen the name which won the online vote. 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. He will also serve as the technical director of the team. 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. In September 2018, Don Smart was the team's first player signing, which was announced on October 24.
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. 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. The venue has been designated as a city landmark since 1995, and in 2015 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 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.
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Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Daryl Shore||Head coach and technical director|
|Neil Hlavaty||Assistant coach|
|Ryan Coulter||Goalkeeper coach|
|Sport management and organization|
|Conor Caloia||Chief operating officer|
|Peter Wilt||Managing director|
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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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