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Madison 56ers
Full name Madison 56ers
Nickname(s) 56ers
Founded 2005
Stadium Breese Stevens Field
(Capacity: 2,700)
Chairman United States Charles Billings
Manager United States Jim Launder
League National Premier Soccer League
2009 Regular Season: 3rd, Midwest
Playoffs: did not qualify
Home colors
Away colors
Original Princeton-56ers logo

Madison 56ers is an American soccer team based in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 2005, the team plays in National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Midwest Division. Prior to the 2009 season the team was known as the Princeton-56ers.

The team plays its home games at Breese Stevens Field, where they have played since 2005. The team played one season at Warner Park in 2008 due to renovations at Breese Stevens Field. The team's colors are red, black and white.

The team is part of the larger Madison 56ers soccer club, which was founded in 1956. The club has won 22 youth state championships, one men's national championship, six men's state championships, four men's USASA Region II championships and three women's state championships. The 56ers will have a team in the Women's Premier Soccer League in 2010.



The team's first game was a 5-1 victory over Minnesota club Inferno 95 in a friendly on May 15, 2005 at Breese Stevens Field, with Jed Hohlbein scoring the team's first goal. The team finished 6-8 overall and finished third in the NPSL Midwest with a 5-5 record, behind NPSL champion Detroit and Milwaukee. Jed Hohlbein was named to the inaugural NPSL All-Midwest team.

In 2006, the Princeton-56ers were 12-2-4 overall and won the NPSL Midwest title with an 8-0-2 record. They lost to the Sacramento Knights 2-0 in the NPSL championship game on July 29, 2006, with Anthony Chimienti and Alfredo Renteria scoring in the final 19 minutes. The game drew a team-record crowd of 1,351. Princeton-56ers goalkeeper Eric Mickschl was named the NPSL Midwest MVP, while teammate Jed Hohlbein also made the All-Midwest team.

In 2007, the team went 13-3-1 overall and repeated as NPSL Midwest champion with an 8-1-1 record. They lost to the Southern California Fusion 1-0 in the NPSL semifinals on July 27, 2007 in La Mesa, California, then defeated the Sonoma County Sol 1-0 in the third-place match on July 28, 2007. 56ers midfielder Brad Ring was named the NPSL Midwest MVP, and was joined on the All-Midwest team by goalkeeper Ryan Germann, defender Reed Cooper, defender-midfielder Tenzin Rampa and forward Jed Hohlbein. The 56ers made their debut in U.S. Open Cup qualifying in 2007, as the NPSL representative. They lost to Detroit United 2-1 in the first round of the USASA Region II qualifying tournament on April 21. The match against German Fourth Division side SC Wiedenbruck on June 23, 2007, was their first match against international competition.

In 2008, the team went 7-3-2 overall and tied for second place in the NPSL Midwest with a 3-1-2 record. Henry Aiyenero was the team's leading scorer with five goals. Jed Hohlbein, Brad Ring, Reed Cooper and midfielder Trevor Banks were named to the All-Midwest team. In the 2008 US Open Cup, they won by forfeit over the Bloomington (Ind.) Cutters in the first round of Region II qualifying, then lost to RWB Adria 2-0 in the semifinals.

In 2009, the team finished 8-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the NPSL Midwest, tying the St. Paul Twin Stars and the Chicago Fire NPSL atop the standing. The Twin Stars were awarded the regional title and a berth in the NPSL national semifinals on a tiebreaker. Keith Dangarembwa led the team with four goals and was one of five 56ers players named to the All-Midwest team, joining goalkeeper Jon Szafranski, midfielder Pablo Delgado and defenders Trevor Banks and Brian Bultman. The 56ers made their debut in the USASA Region II Amateur Cup, losing to Croatia Cleveland 3-0 and defeating FC Indiana 3-1 and Illinois' AAC Eagles 5-3 at the competition in Oak Forest, Ill., but failing to advance to the final.

Jed Hohlbein, who starred at nearby Middleton High School and played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, led the team in goals in each of its first three seasons, scoring 10 in 2005 and 13 in both 2006 and 2007. He scored three goals in 2008 and is the team's career leading scorer with 39 goals. Hohlbein had the 56ers' first hat trick in a 3-2 home victory over the St. Paul Twin Stars on May 20, 2006, then added another in a 4-1 home friendly win over German Fourth Division side SC Wiedenbruck on June 23, 2007. Andre Francois also had a hat trick in a 9-1 home win over the Madison Latino League All-Stars in a friendly on July 2, 2006, the highest scoring game in the Princeton-56ers' history. Henry Aiyenero had the fourth three-goal game in team history on July 12, 2008 in a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Bavarians.

Four Princeton-56ers players have gone on to professional careers. Defender Aaron Hohlbein, like his older brother a former standout at Middleton High School and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was selected by the Kansas City Wizards with the third pick of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. He signed a senior contract with the Wizards on March 1, 2007, and made his MLS debut on April 14, 2007. Midfielder-defender Noah Goerlitz, a native of Neenah, Wisconsin who also played at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, played with Canterbury United in the New Zealand Football Championship in the 2006-2007 season. Brad Ring, a midfielder for the team in 2007 and 2008, was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes with the 17th pick of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Jed Hohlbein played with VfB Susterfeld in Germany in 2009, helping the team earn promotion from the Seventh Division in the process.



Current roster

as at June 7, 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
Saint Lucia MF Zakim Abraham
United States MF Henry Aiyenero
Norway MF William Bagayoko
United States MF Trevor Banks
United States DF Christopher Brown
United States DF Brian Bultman
United States DF Vincent Butitta
United States DF Cale Cooper
United States MF Reed Cooper
United States MF Tyrone Creech
Zimbabwe DF Keith Dangarembwa
Spain MF Pablo Delgado
United States DF Taylor Diem
United States DF Bram Dorresteyn
United States FW Gaelan Fraboni
United States MF Will Howell
United States FW Nick Kay
United States DF Lucas Klees
United States FW Michael Kratofil
Russia FW Ilya Ksenidi
No.   Position Player
United States MF Zachary Lambo
United States MF Adam Lysak
United States DF Devin Maier
United States DF Hunter Martin
United States GK Travis Meikle
United States MF Eric Meyer
United States MF Keenan Newallo
The Gambia MF Baboucarr Njie
United States FW Kyle Pateros
United States GK Nick Powell
United States MF Clayton Ramirez
Ghana MF Richard Rowell
The Gambia FW Musa Sowe
United States MF Austin Spohn
United States GK Jon Szafranski
United States FW Parker Walton
United States MF Taylor Waspi
United States MF Demitrius White
United States FW Will Ziegahn

Notable former players


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
2005 4 NPSL 3rd Midwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest Runners-Up Did not qualify
2007 4 NPSL 1st, Midwest Third Place Did not qualify
2008 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest Did not qualify Did not enter


  • NPSL Midwest Division Champions 2007
  • NPSL Midwest Division Champions 2006

Head coaches

  • United States Jim Launder (2005-present)

Launder coached the University of Wisconsin–Madison men's soccer team to its only NCAA championship in 1995 and was an assistant coach for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer from 2002 to 2004. From 2005 to 2007, their assistant coach was Danny van Mol, who also was a player-assistant coach for the team in 2005. Enzo Fuschino served as assistant coach in 2008.


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