South Bend Lions
Full nameSouth Bend Lions Football Club
FoundedNovember 18, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-11-18)
StadiumTCU School Field
Capacity8,000
OwnerRitchie Jeune
Technical DirectorThiago Pinto
Head coachvacant
LeagueUSL League Two
20215th, Great Lakes Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

South Bend Lions Football Club is an American soccer club based in South Bend, Indiana, that plays in USL League Two, the American semi-professional soccer league. The club was established on November 18, 2019 and will begin their first professional season in 2020, participating in the league's Great Lakes Division.

History

On November 18, 2019, it was announced by USL League Two that South Bend Lions FC would be the newest team to join the league for their 2020 season, joining the Great Lakes Division.[1] The logos and colors for the club were also unveiled at a press conference held in South Bend's County-City Building.[1] Ritchie Jeune was introduced as the club's owner while Thiago Pinto, the head coach of Bethel University's soccer team, was introduced as the club's technical director.[1] During the press conference, Jeune stated that South Bend was one of "three or four different locations" that his team visited before deciding to form a team in the city.[1]

Ownership

The club's owner is Ritchie Jeune, who is also the principal owner of Kettering Town, in England's National League North, Shantou Lions FC, a club based in China, and Pickering FC in Canada's League1 Ontario.[2]

Management team

Position Name Nation
Technical director Thiago Pinto Brazil Brazil

Current Roster

Position Name Nation
Goalkeeper Nick Luciani Canada Canada
Defender Sammy Atkins United States United States
Defender David Doe Canada Canada
Defender Anthony Legendre Canada Canada
Defender Jefter Pereira Brazil Brazil
Defender Bryan Silver United States United States
Midfielder Amass Amonkona Ghana Ghana
Midfielder Michael Anderson United States United States
Midfielder Abraham Dukuly Canada Canada
Midfielder Landon Fisher United States United States
Midfielder Tim Noeding Germany Germany
Midfielder Cole Rainwater United States United States
Midfielder Dylan Sing United States United States
Midfielder Giancarlo Triulzi Italy Italy
Midfielder Nana Tuffour Ghana Ghana
Forward Matheus Santiago Brazil Brazil
Forward James Stone England England
Forward Axel Valenzuela Mexico Mexico

Statistics and records

Season-by-season

As of 20 July 2021
Season USL League Two Finals USOC CONCACAF Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2020 Season cancelled due to 2019-2020 Coronavirus Pandemic
2021 14 5 4 5 27 17 26 5th, Great Lakes Division Did not qualify Ineligible Ghana Nana Tuffour 6

Youth development

During the club's opening press conference, it was announced that they would be opening an under-18 side which would help provide players for the first-team.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Catania, Anthony (November 19, 2019). "South Bend awarded United Soccer League team". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pickering FC to rejoin L1O Premier in 2022 with new ownership". League1 Ontario. October 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Hough, Austin (November 19, 2019). "South Bend Lions Football Club to debut in May 2020". Goshen News. Retrieved January 23, 2020.