Dutch Guards, get ready and have your cheers and gear set because the Hudson Valley’s first men’s semipro soccer team is ready to hit the field.
In an announcement on April 5, the Kingston Stockade Football Club (KSFC) released its highly anticipated roster for the 2016 season. KSFC has named 33 players to its preliminary and pre-season National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) roster, which is made up largely of players who hail from the Valley, as well as standouts from Argentina, England, and New Hampshire. Many represent area schools like SUNY Ulster, Marist College, and New Paltz, while others have even played at the semi-pro and professional levels.
Head coach George Vizvary is confident that our rough and tough Valley boys will be a force to be reckoned with on the field, while club owner Dennis Crowley feels that the players’ strong connection to the Valley will only make for an even stronger fan base of supporters and devotees.
“I have very high expectations, but so do the players,” says Vizvary. “As they represent the Hudson Valley, they know that they are also representing the expectations of friends and supporters.”
KSFC plays at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Their first game brings them to Greater Lowell United FC on Sunday, May 8 at Cawley Stadium in Lowell, Massachusetts; the home opener is Saturday, May 21 against the Rhode Island Reds. The club will represent the Hudson Valley in the NPSL, which is the 4th division of the U.S. soccer pyramid.