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Kalamazoo Outrage
Full name Kalamazoo Outrage
Nickname(s) Outrage
Founded 2007
Stadium Loy Norrix High School
Kalamazoo, Michigan
(Capacity: ????)
Owner United States Doug Hammerberg
Head Coach England Mark Spooner
League USL Premier Development League
2009 1st, Great Lakes
Playoff Divisional Finals
Home colors
Away colors

Kalamazoo Outrage is an American soccer team based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 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 Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.

The team plays its home games in the stadium on the campus of Loy Norrix High School, where they have played since 2009. The team's colors are blue and white.

The team has a sister organization, the Kalamazoo Outrage Women, 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 Leagues umbrella.

Outrage are not affiliated with the Kalamazoo Kingdom soccer club, which competed in the PDL for many years until 2006, although Outrage's original head coach, Stu Riddle, was the head coach of Kingdom during its last competitive season.



Kalamazoo Outrage's entry into the PDL was announced in late 2007, just as that season's competition was ending. The club is part of the larger Kalamazoo TKO organization, which has runs men, women's and junior teams in the greater Kalamazoo area for many years. The acronym TKO apparently has no official meaning - it was first coined by a former coach, Paul Wolpert, when he was 11 years old and was part of a group of local Michigan AYSO players who participated in the Adidas Dominos Pizza Soccer Tournament in Lansing, Michigan and called themselves The Kalamazoo Outfit, or TKO for short. Since then, TKO has been used as an acronym for Technical Knock-Out, and even The Killer Oranges, both of which are listed as being correct on the official TKO website.

On November 14, 2007, the club announced a player development deal with one of England's oldest soccer teams, Sheffield Wednesday, who have a history of working with American players (former USA international team player John Harkes played successfully with the Owls in the 1990s, and current international Frank Simek is their current first-choice right-back). The Owls further cemented their link with the Outrage on April 16, 2008, when the Wednesday Academy sent midfielder Scott Ellis to play with Outrage for the 2008 season, the player having impressed head coach Stu Riddle during their educational trip to Wednesday's Middlewood Road training ground in early 2008.

On May 13, 2008 the Outrage took part in the Old Burdicks Challenge Cup, in which they defeated perennial PDL powerhouse Michigan Bucks in their first ever official match. The match, which was dubbed the "Battle of Michigan", was settled on penalty kicks, with the Outrage emerging as 5-4 victors. The scores were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes with former Plymouth Argyle schoolboy Dan Bulley scoring the Outrage's first ever goal. Striker Chase Corricelli scored the winning penalty kick.

Outrage's first weeks in PDL competition were extremely positive: after tying 0-0 with West Virginia Chaos in their opening game, they proceeded to win three of their next four matches, including a comprehensive 4-0 win over 9-man Indiana Invaders, and a 3-2 victory on the return fixture against West Virginia. An unexpected 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cleveland Internationals at the beginning of June notwithstanting, Outrage's impressive form continued through the middle of the summer; three back-to-back wins over Cincinnati Kings, West Michigan Edge and Fort Wayne Fever kept them well in the hunt for the playoffs. A couple of stutters in the run-in, including two home defeats to Indiana and Michigan Bucks, briefly raised the heart rate in Kalamazoo, but a playoff spot was secured following their 5-2 home victory against West Michigan Edge, which featured a hat trick from midfielder Mark Briggs. Outrage entered the playoffs having suffered a 2-1 final day defeat, again to Michigan, but impressively overcame Chicago Fire Premier 2-0 in the Divisional Round to take their place in the Central Conference tournament in Pontiac, Michigan. Against the run of form, Kalamazoo dispatched hot favorites Michigan Bucks 3-1 in their semi final, following a late equalizer from Tom Oatley and two goals in extra time. Despite being beaten 4-0 by eventual national champions Thunder Bay Chill in the Central Conference final, Kalamazoo's impressive debut season bodes well for the future. Mark Briggs was the team's top scorer, with 6 goals. It is also worth nothing that Kalamazoo striker Troy Mellanson played for the Antiguan national team in two of its qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup against Cuba on 17 June, 2008, and 22 June, 2008. [1]



2009 roster

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Jason Stenta (bio)
1 United States GK Mitch Hildebrandt (bio)
2 England DF Kieron Gradwell (bio)
3 United States DF Kyle Von den Benken
5 United States DF Stew Givens (bio)
6 United States MF Eric Brodfuehrer (bio)
7 Brazil FW Marcelo Lima
8 United States FW Domenic Barone (bio)
9 United States MF Eric Alexander (bio)
10 Brazil MF Rafael Dantas
11 United States MF Dan Stevens (bio)
12 United States MF Tyler Rosenhagen (bio)
13 United States MF Stephen Kauble (bio)
14 United States DF Tim Granaderos (bio)
15 United States MF Jon Rzepka (bio)
16 United States MF Daniel Kelly (bio)
17 United States MF Luke Norman (bio)
No. Position Player
18 United States MF Charlie Watts (bio)
19 United States MF Tom Oatley (bio)
20 Republic of Ireland MF Benny Hanaphy (bio)
21 United States MF Lance Muckey
22 United States DF Mark Barone (bio)
23 United States DF Colin Givens (bio)
26 England MF Daniel Jackson (bio)
00 United States GK Jeremy Clark (bio)
United States DF William Gustafson
United States FW Imad Id-Deen (bio)
United States MF Eric Johnson (bio)
United States MF Adam Keller (bio)
United States FW Shane Lyons (bio)
United States MF Adam Mena (bio)
United States MF Kevin Reiman (bio)
United States FW Matt Stedman (bio)
England DF Nate Thackeray (bio)

Notable former players


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 4 USL PDL 2nd, Midwest Conference Finals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 1st, Great Lakes Divisional Finals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL


  • USL PDL Great Lakes Division Champions 2009

Head coaches


Average attendance

Year Attendance Notes
2008 371
All Time 371


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