- Fredericksburg Gunners
Football club infobox
clubname = Fredericksburg Gunners
fullname = F.C. Fredericksburg Gunners
nickname = The Gunners, FC Fred
founded = 2006
Fredericksburg Field House
capacity = 1,000
chairman = flagicon|USA
manager = flagicon|Romania
USL Premier Development League
season = 2008
position = 2nd, Mid Atlantic Division
Fredericksburg Gunners are an American
soccerteam, founded in 2006. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League(PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, and play in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in against teams from Reading, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Woodbridge.
The Gunners play their home games at the
Fredericksburg Field Housein the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 52 miles south-west of Washington, D.C.Tbe club's colors are dark blue and white.
The team has a sister organization, the
Fredericksburg Lady Gunners, who play in the women's USL W-League, and also fields a team in the USL’s Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leaguesumbrella.
Fredericksburg Gunners announced their entrance into the PDL in December 2006, and their pre-season squad was led by former
Coventry Cityand Southampton defender Paul Williams. Romanian native Cristian Neagutook over from Williams prior to the regular season, and as player-manager led the Gunners to a promising debut. They won their first two games in impressive style, demolishing the Northern Virginia Royals7-0 in only their second competitive game (with Neagu scoring a hat trick), and only a 3-1 defeat to Richmond Kickers Futurestopped them from qualifying for the US Open Cupat the first attempt. As the season progressed, Fredericksburg's results kept them in the playoff hunt: a five game unbeaten streak in mid-June included consecutive 4-goal hauls in their wins over Virginia Legacyand Northern Virginia Royalslooked to have secured them their slot in the post season. However, a dip in form during August culminated in back-to-back away defeats to Ocean City Baronsand West Virginia Chaos, and the season ended with the Gunners in fifth place behind divisional champions Hampton Roads Piranhas. Anthony Andrews was the top scorer with 8 goals, while the Romanian contingent of Neagu and Adrian Bumbutwere the top providers, with 10 goals and 6 assists between them.
* Paul Williams 2006 (pre-PDL)
Fredericksburg Field House, Fredericksburg, Virginia2007-date
*2008: not yet available
* [http://www.fcfred.com/ Fredericksburg Gunners]
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