|Full name||Brampton United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Lions, United|
|Founded||2002 (as Metro Lions)|
|Ground||Victoria Park Stadium |
|Chairman||Jose Leal, Mike Dimatteo|
|League||Canadian Soccer League|
|Website||Club home page|
Brampton City United FC are a Canadian soccer team, founded in 2002. The team is a member of the Canadian Soccer League, the third tier of competition in the Canadian soccer pyramid and the largest domestic pro league in Canada. The club plays out of Victoria Park Stadium in the community of Brampton, Ontario.
The team first entered the league as the Metro Lions in 2002, playing at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough for three years. On March 30, 2005 it was announced the Metro lions were purchased by , and relocated to Oakville for the 2005 CPSL season, and the franchise was renamed to the Oakville Blue Devils. Former Toronto Lynx head coach, and president of the Premier Soccer Academy was appointed manager. Wilde brought in the likes of former USL players which included Darren Baxter, Aaron Steele, Shawn Faria, , and CSL veterans , , and Marko Bedenikovic. He was able to led the Blue Devils in capturing their first Rogers Cup victory.
After the 2005 season Wilde resigned from his head coaching position, in order to manage to the Toronto Lynx again. During the 2006 season former team captain Phil Ionadi was appointed the new manager. He led them in clinching the National Conference, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, losing 2–1 to the Windsor Border Stars.
In 2007 because of the Club's administration was totally committed to the development of soccer, the Blue Devils relocated back to Scarborough and were renamed the Canadian Lions.
On March 13, 2008 the Lions were relocated to Brampton for the 2008 season, prompting another name change to Brampton Lions but still maintaining the team's name, logo, history and statistics. The Lions announced their coaching staff on March 30, signing Armando Costa as manager. On April 10 the team held a press conference announcing their management team, hiring the likes of former Hitmen captain as the Director of Business Operations, Barry Goldlist as the Vice President, Bill Dixon as the CFO, and Costa as the Director of Soccer Operations and Manager. On March 29, 2009 the Brampton Lions announced the affiliation with where Dixie SC will serve as the reserve side for the Lions while playing in the CSL Reserve Division.
On January 16, 2011 Brampton announced another re-branding. This time Brampton United will be the team's name. The new crest bears a strong resemblance to the English Premier League's Manchester United, with a majestic lion in place of Manchester's traditional red devil.
18 November 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
as of 10 July 2011 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Brampton City United Home Page
- Canadian Soccer League
- YouTube coverage of Brampton Lions press conference
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