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Grand Rapids FC
2018 season
Coach Lewis Robinson
Stadium Houseman Field
NPSL 2nd - Great Lakes
NPSL Playoffs Regional First Round
Top goalscorer Matt Whelan (8)
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2018 Grand Rapids FC season was the fourth season of Grand Rapids Football Club and its third season in the National Premier Soccer League. GRFC competed in the Great Lakes Conference of the Midwest Region.[1][2]

Season recap[edit | edit source]

Grand Rapids FC started its 12-game NPSL schedule by traveling to the Milwaukee Torrent, a game in which they tied, 2–2.[3] Following a win against FC Indiana[4] and a home win against Milwaukee,[5] GRFC faced the defending conference champion, AFC Ann Arbor, at home. They lost this game, 0–2.[6][7] GRFC would then win its next three games to find themselves in second place in the Great Lakes Conference at the midway point, behind only AFC Ann Arbor.[8][9][10][11][not in citation given]

Concurrent with the first half of the NPSL campaign, Grand Rapids FC competed in the Michigan Milk Cup, a tournament that featured eight Michigan clubs, for a prize of $5,000.[12] GRFC defeated Muskegon Risers SC twice in the first round to advance by an aggregate score of 5–3.[13][14] They were then drawn to face Lansing United away in the semifinals. They lost in a shootout, 3–4, after drawing, 1–1.[12]

The final five games of the NPSL season were all played against the other top four teams in the conference, and all of these teams were competing for the conference's two berths in the NPSL playoffs.[citation needed] It began with a loss at home to FC Columbus in their first ever match-up.[15][16] They followed up this loss with victories away at Detroit City FC and at home against AFC Ann Arbor.[17][18][19] The next game was a defeat at FC Columbus, which left huge implications riding on the final game of the season.[20][21][neutrality is disputed] With a win at home against Detroit City FC, GRFC would assure themselves a playoff berth, but with a tie or loss they would need help.[22][neutrality is disputed] In a high scoring final match, GRFC would draw with Detroit, 4–4, which meant they had to wait for the final week of the season for their playoff fate to be determined.[23][24] Columbus had three games remaining: two against last place Indiana and their season finale at Milwaukee. Three wins would mean Columbus made the playoffs, and anything less meant GRFC was in.[25] Columbus defeated Indiana twice before losing to Milwaukee, 0–1, which meant GRFC qualified for the postseason as the runner up of the Great Lakes Conference.[26]

In the postseason, GRFC traveled to Duluth, Minnesota to take on Duluth FC. Grand Rapids fell behind, 0–2, before scoring two goals in the final seven minutes to draw level at 2–2. After a scoreless extra time, GRFC fell in a shootout, 3–4.[27][28]

Club[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

[29][30][31]

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 Noah Fazekas
2 United States DF Jake VanderLaan
3 United States MF Austin Swiech
4 England DF Tony Deakin (captain)
5 United States DF Nick Groenewold
6 United States DF Trent Vegter
7 United States FW Anthony Bowie
8 South Africa MF Cam Cavanagh
9 Republic of Ireland FW Matt Whelan
10 United States FW Joe Broekhuizen
11 United States DF Caleb Postlewait
12 New Zealand FW Scott Doney
13 Puerto Rico FW Gabe Mateo
14 United States FW Noble Sullivan
15 Republic of Ireland MF Jack McCarren
16 Republic of Ireland MF Dáire O'Riordan
17 United States FW Morris Kamara
18 Spain MF Pepe Martinez-Bertrand
No. Position Player
19 Jamaica FW Kenroy Howell
20 United States MF Giuseppe Vitale
21 Japan GK Naoyo Fugono
22 United States MF Derek Sutton
23 United States DF Nick Abdoo
24 South Africa DF Kieran Geldenhuys
25 Spain MF Adrian Miling
26 England DF Liam Kettle
28 United States DF Jake Bedi
29 United States MF Franco Calabrese
30 United States GK Kyle Taalman
31 England GK Brendan Brown
32 United States MF Adam Mena
33 United States FW Eric Conerty
35 United States FW Jalen Rodriguez
44 Belgium DF Jordan Atheba
77 Guatemala FW Alex Mendez

Team management[edit | edit source]

Head Coach: England Lewis Robinson[32]

Competitions[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

National Premier Soccer League[edit | edit source]

Great Lakes Conference Standings[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 AFC Ann Arbor (C, Q) 12 9 1 2 31 4 +27 29 Midwest Region Semifinal
2 Grand Rapids FC (Q) 12 7 3 2 29 14 +15 23 Midwest Region Quarterfinal
3 FC Columbus 12 6 4 2 27 11 +16 20
4 Detroit City FC 12 5 4 3 36 15 +21 18
5 Kalamazoo FC 12 4 5 3 22 25 −3 15
6 Milwaukee Torrent 12 3 5 4 17 22 −5 13
7 FC Indiana 12 0 12 0 4 75 −71 0
Source: NPSL standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head to head; 3) goal differential in head to head results; 4) wins; 5) total goal differential; 6) fewest losses; 7) coin toss
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Michigan Milk Cup[edit | edit source]

Friendlies[edit | edit source]

Statistics[improper synthesis?][edit | edit source]

Updated to end of season
Note: These are the goal scorers and appearances in competitive matches and does not include friendlies.
Reference: Game boxscores

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "Grand Rapids FC". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  3. "Game report – Milwaukee Torrent v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. May 11, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  4. "Game report – FC Indiana v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. May 18, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  5. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v Milwaukee Torrent". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. May 27, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 O'Connor, Larry (June 1, 2018). "Detroit City FC opens floodgates in 8-0 home victory over FC Indiana". detroitnews.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  7. "Game report – AFC Ann Arbor v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 1, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "GRFC dominates FC Indiana at Houseman Field". Wood TV. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  9. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v Kalamazoo FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 3, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  10. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v FC Indiana". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 8, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  11. "Game report – Kalamazoo FC v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 10, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 O'Connor, Larry (July 4, 2018). "Undermanned Lansing United hoists Michigan Milk Cup". Detroit News. Retrieved September 1, 2018. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "GRFC tops Muskegon in teams' first matchup". woodtv.com. May 19, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "GRFC comes back to beat Muskegon". woodtv.com. May 26, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "GRFC drops game against FC Columbus". Wood TV. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  16. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v FC Columbus". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 15, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 O'Connor, Larry (June 17, 2018). "DCFC's postseason hopes dealt blow with loss to Grand Rapids FC". Detroit News. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  18. "Game report – Detroit City FC v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 17, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  19. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v AFC Ann Arbor". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 22, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 FC Columbus (June 25, 2018). "FC Columbus Defeats Grand Rapids FC 2-1". BayArea Premier Soccer FC. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  21. "Game report – FC Columbus v Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 24, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 McDonald, Andrew (June 27, 2018). "GR Football Club's playoff hopes hang on last game". Wood TV 8. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 Wallner, Peter J. (June 29, 2018). "Grand Rapids FC's postseason fate uncertain after stunning late goal". mLive. Retrieved June 30, 2018. 
  24. "Game report – Grand Rapids FC v Detroit City FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. June 29, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 McDonald, Andrew (June 29, 2018). "Playoff chances out of GRFC's control after loss". Wood TV 8. Retrieved June 30, 2018. 
  26. Bryan Giese (July 9, 2018). "Torrent Men Win Season Finale". Milwaukee Torrent. Retrieved September 1, 2018. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 Nothaft, Patrick (July 15, 2018). "Grand Rapids FC season ends with heartbreaking shootout loss to Duluth". mLive. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  28. "Game report – Duluth FC vs Grand Rapids FC". NPSL.com. National Premier Soccer League. July 14, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
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  37. Mariah Janos (July 15, 2018). "Duluth FC Backup Goalie Leads Team to Playoff Victory". Fox 21. Retrieved July 17, 2018. 
  38. Graham Couch (June 23, 2018). "Michigan State, Lansing United star DeJuan Jones closing in on MLS dreamMichigan State, Lansing United star DeJuan Jones closing in on MLS dream". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 


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