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Baton Rouge Capitals
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Full name Baton Rouge Capitals
Nickname(s) The Capitals
Founded 2007
Stadium Olympia Stadium
(Capacity: 9,000)
Chairman United States James S. Vilas
Manager Brazil Paulo Canineu Neto
League USL Premier Development League
2009 5th, Southeast
did not qualify for playoffs
Home colors
Away colors

Baton Rouge Capitals is an American soccer team based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 2007, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference.

The team plays its home games Olympia Stadium, where they have played since 2007. The team's colors are red, white and black.

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History

Baton Rouge entered its first ever soccer franchise into the PDL in 2007, under the leadership of Bo Cassidy, a veteran coach and collegiate player at UMass Amherst. The Capitals started their inaugural season with three straight defeats, failing to pick up their first win until the fourth game of the season, 1-0 over fellow new boys Mississippi Brilla. The rest of the season followed a similar pattern: a sequence of defeats, followed by an impressive victory which seemed to signal a turn in fortune, only for the defeats to continue. Their highlight was a superb see-saw 3-2 win over the experience El Paso Patriots that featured a brace by striker Tony Judice, but their inconsistency eventually left them in sixth place in standings, 15 points behind divisional champions Laredo Heat. Judice was the Capitals' top scorer, notching 5 goals; Irish international striker Joseph Lapira also made a valuable contribution, with 3 goals and 1 assist to his name.

The Capitals changed coaches during the offseason, bringing in local Brazilian-born coach Helio d'Anna, but his introduction failed to have the desired effect, as the team again suffered from raging inconsistency, especially away from home. They actually won their opening game of the 2008 campaign, 2-0 over the El Paso Patriots off a pair of goals by Tony Judice, but immediately slumped to three successive defeats in their next three games. They won the first half of the Louisiana derby, 4-1 at home over the New Orleans Shell Shockers, and enjoyed a brief run of form at the beginning of June, knocking off Houston Leones and Mississippi Brilla in quick succession, but rapidly reverted to their old ways; they didn't win another game that month, suffering a trio of 3-goal defeats, and were eliminated from playoff contention with several games remaining in the season. They did manage to do the double over their state rivals, beating New Orleans 3-2 in the return fixture in the Big Easy with two goals from Leonardo dos Barros, but eventually finished the year a distant fifth in the Mid South, 9 points adrift of divisional champions Austin Aztex U23. Leonardo dos Barros was Baton Rouge's top scorer, with 7 goals, while Ricardo Santos contributed three assists.

Players

Current roster

as at June 14, 2009

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Pedro Caetano
2 Brazil FW Jose Leandro Pereira
3 United States DF Oscar Gonzalez
4 Brazil DF Felipe Nogueira
5 United States DF Curtis Brashear
6 United States DF Saulo Literio
8 Brazil MF Reinaldo Caetano
9 United States DF Tony Judice
10 Brazil MF Felipe Lowall
11 Brazil MF Ricardo Santos
12 United States MF Richard Dixon
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Craig Cook
15 United States DF Sean Reynolds
16 United States FW Josey Portillo
17 United States DF Philip Stansfield
18 United States FW Marc Miller
19 United States MF Chris Anderson
20 Brazil MF Renan Serafim
21 United States FW William Davidson
22 United States MF Jared Wooley
23 United States GK Zachary Wallace

Notable former players

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2007 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL

Head coaches

  • United States Bo Cassidy (2007)
  • Brazil Helio d'Anna (2008)
  • Brazil Paulo Canineu Neto (2009-present)

Stadia

Average attendance

Year Attendance Notes
2007 552
2008 not yet available
All Time 552

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