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Newark Ironbound Express
Full name Newark Ironbound Express Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Ironbound
Founded 2007
Stadium Lubetkin Field
(Capacity: 1,100)
Chairman United States Joe Branco
Manager Russia George Vichniakov
League USL Premier Development League
2009 5th, Northeast
did not qualify for playoffs
Home colors
Away colors

Newark Ironbound Express is an American soccer team based in Newark, New Jersey, 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 Mid Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

The team plays its home games at Lubetkin Field on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where they have played since 2008. The team's colors are white and burgundy.

The team 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.



Newark Ironbound Express entered the PDL having enjoyed a great deal of success at a junior level with their Ironbound SC club, which was a major force in the USL Super-Y League for several years. The senior Express team began life in the PDL with a bang with a 4-1 opening day victory over fellow expansion team New Jersey Rangers that featured a brace from former New York Red Bull and current Haitian international Jerrod Laventure. Ironbound were consistent all year long, enjoying several impressive victories over much more established sides, notably a 3-0 over Ottawa Fury in early June (in which Ted Niziolek scored a hat trick), a 4-0 win on the road against Ocean City Barons (which featured a Laventure hat-trick), a dominant 3-1 win over 2007's unbeatable Hampton Roads Piranhas, and a battling 4-2 triumph over Virginia Legacy. By the time the final weekend rolled around, they were still in with a shot at a place in the Eastern Conference playoffs: they enjoyed overpowering 6-2 demolition of Westchester Flames, in which Chris Karcz netted three times, and were fortunate to make the playoffs ahead of Ottawa Fury, who had an exactly equal record, but lost out on head-to-head results. Unfortunately, Ironbound's trip to the playoff was a short one as they fell 4-2 first time out to eventual Conference champions Reading Rage, but for a young side in their debut season there was much to applaud. Chris Karcz and Jerrod Laventure were monsters in front of goal, scoring 10 and 9 goals respectively.



Current roster

as at June 20, 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Christopher Duggan
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Elmir Prasovic
3 United States FW John Stamatis
4 United States MF Ben Clack
5 United States DF Kyle Grato
6 United States MF Justin McGrath
7 United States MF Chris Karcz
8 United States DF Victor Kotynski
9 United States MF Teddy Niziolek
10 United States FW Dilly Duka
11 Haiti FW Jerrod Laventure
12 United States GK Troy Hernandez
13 United States MF Argjent Duka
14 United States FW Carlos Salazar Tamariz
15 United States MF Oral Bullen
16 Chile MF Jonathan Bilbao
No. Position Player
17 Chile MF Edison Bilbao
18 Jamaica DF Toric Robinson
19 United States MF Kyle Clancy
20 Republic of the Congo MF Antoine Mpasi Mengi
22 United States MF Patrick Figuereido
23 United States FW Robert LaRocca
24 Scotland DF Joseph Ruesgen
30 Israel FW Aviv Volnerman
United States GK Derby Carrillo
United States FW Marc Godelman
United States MF Alex Ivo
United States MF Alex Russo
England GK John Steele
Brazil FW Tiguinho
Poland DF David Topolski

Notable former players


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL

Head coaches

  • Russia George Vichniakov (2008-present)


Average attendance

Year Attendance Notes
2008 328
All Time 328

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