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Grand Rapids FC
2015 season
Coach George Moni
Stadium Houseman Field
GLPL 2nd
Top goalscorer League: Noble Sullivan (4)
All: Domenic Barone (6)
Highest home attendance 5,117 (July 17 vs. Oakland)
6,651 (July 31 vs. Muskegon)
Average home league attendance League: 3,945
All: 4,509[1]
Home colors
Away colors

The 2015 Grand Rapids FC season was the inaugural season of Grand Rapids Football Club. The team played in the Great Lakes Premier League, a new regional league.[2][not in citation given][3][not in citation given]

Review and events[edit | edit source]

The fledgling club won its first match, a 1-0 victory at NPSL club Lansing United on May 9, 2015, with Domenic Barone scoring the team's first goal.[citation needed]

Its first GLPL match was a 1–2 defeat at Oakland United on May 23, with Noble Sullivan scoring the lone goal.[citation needed]

On May 30, GRFC hosted AFC Ann Arbor for its first home match. Despite unseasonably cold conditions and persistent rain all night, a crowd of 2,409 attended the match, which the hosts won, 5–1. A straight hat-trick by Domenic Barone in the first half was the first three-goal game by a GLPL player and the only one until Croatian Eagles' Andy Huftalin achieved one on July 12.[citation needed]

The following Friday, June 5, in better weather, 3,843 watched as Croatian Eagles drew 0–0 at Houseman.[citation needed] A week later, a new club record 5,012 watched as Force FC of Bloomfield tied, 2–2, in a friendly.[citation needed] Around 600 youth soccer club members gained free entry under a promotion.[citation needed]

A 0–0 draw at Ann Arbor in GLPL play was followed by a 4–1 home win against Lansing United in a friendly, which featured B teams from both sides with another 4,121 in attendance.[citation needed]

The club's third home league match against RWB Adria was attended by 4,409. Elmedin Zukic put the visitors behind in a game for the first time, but was then sent off for an apparent elbow on a player challenging him from behind. Goalkeeper Chase Rau had a shutout streak of 354 minutes of league play ended by RWB's equalizer. RWB won, 3–1. The return match in Chicago was also won by Adria with a 3–1 scoreline.[citation needed]

GRFC returned to Houseman Field for a new record attendance of 5,117 watching their 3–0 defeat of Oakland United on July 17.[citation needed]

The final league game of the season was a 3–1 win in Milwaukee against Croatian Eagles, enough to seal second place as AFC Ann Arbor's point against RWB Adria later that day was not enough.[citation needed]

The season wrapped up with a home-and-home series against independent Muskegon Risers. A further club record 6,651 attended a home 1–3 loss, while the following day Risers were again victors by 2–1.[4][not in citation given]

Match results[edit | edit source]

Preseason friendlies[edit | edit source]

Great Lakes Premier League[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 RWB Adria (C) 8 7 1 0 23 6 +17 22
2 Grand Rapids FC 8 3 2 3 14 10 +4 11
3 AFC Ann Arbor 8 2 4 2 8 8 0 10
4 Oakland United FC 8 2 1 5 8 19 −11 7
5 Croatian Eagles 8 1 2 5 9 19 −10 5
Updated to match(es) played on July 25, 2015. Source: GLPL standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal differential
(C) Champion.

League match results[citation needed][edit | edit source]

Other friendlies[citation needed][edit | edit source]

Player details[edit | edit source]

[5][not in citation given] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Chase Rau
2 Germany MF AJ Dufendach
3 United States DF Ryan Scott
4 England DF Tony Deakin (c)
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Anes Suhonjic
6 United States FW Tyler Fischer
7 Italy DF Mark Barone
8 Mexico MF Lito Esquivel
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Elmedin Zukić
10 Italy FW Domenic Barone
11 Guatemala FW Aldony Mendez
12 United States FW Ahmad Bah
13 United States DF Kyle Haverkate
14 United States MF Noble Sullivan
15 United States MF Brandon Bye
16 United States MF Jeremy Stacy
17 United States DF Cole Dehen
No. Position Player
18 United States DF Joe Sweet
19 United States MF Nick Capisciolto
20 United States DF Sean Broekhuizen
21 United States DF Rico Padilla
22 United States MF Logan Wright
23 United States MF Nick Abdoo
24 United States DF Cam Jensen
25 United States MF Zack McCabe
26 United States DF Ben Darling
27 United States DF Eli Appleby
28 Mexico MF Ruben Ornelas-Luna
29 United States GK Beau Prey
30 United States GK Jesse Guevara-Lehker
31 United States MF Kosti Moni
32 United States DF Tyler Moorman
33 United States FW Hunter Barone

Team management[edit | edit source]

Head Coach: Albania George Moni

Statistics[citation needed][edit | edit source]

Goals[edit | edit source]

Rank Player Goals
1 United States Noble Sullivan 4
2 Italy Domenic Barone 3
3 United States Nick Abdoo 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina Elmedin Zukic
5 United States Sean Broekhuizen 1
United States Tyler Fischer
Guatemala Aldony Mendez

Note: These are the goal scorers in GLPL league games.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Kivlehan, Chris (February 25, 2016). "Grand Rapids FC is Laying the Groundwork for Growth". Midfield Press. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  2. Edwards, Andy (April 16, 2014). "Meet Grand Rapids FC, America's next supporter-owned and operated soccer club". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  3. Zentmeyer, Anya (June 12, 2014). "Goal! New Grand Rapids Football Club Takes Off Just in Time for the World Cup". Rapid Growth Media. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  4. Brandenburg, Scott (August 1, 2015). "Muskegon Risers SC wraps up incredible first season with 2-1 win over GRFC". mlive. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  5. http://grandrapidsfc.com/team/grand-rapids-fc/

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