Open Letter Regarding NPSL in Dayton

Multiple outlets have reported that David Satterwhite, owner of the Cincinnati Saints, is considering moving his NPSL club from Cincinnati to Dayton. In fact, Satterwhite has reached out to Oranje Legion leadership to gauge our interest in helping to develop a supporter culture for an NPSL club in Dayton. We have answered him in private, but it serves a greater purpose to make a public statement.

The Oranje Legion was founded in an attempt to support Dayton Dutch Lions FC and create a vibrant atmosphere at home matches. Our hearts will always belong to DDLFC first and foremost.

We must also acknowledge, though, that our greatest desire is for the sport of soccer to thrive at the highest level possible in the Gem City. This is why we welcome Mr. Satterwhite and the NPSL with open arms. We will work with the club and soccer fans throughout the Miami Valley to promote the club and create a culture of support for the new team.

We understand that a loyal faction of the Seven Hills Crusaders, the supporters group for the Saints in Cincinnati, plans to continue its support for the team in Dayton. It is our hope that the Oranje Legion and Seven Hills Crusaders can work together to create a match day experience the likes of which Dayton has never experienced.

The Oranje Legion would also like to invite members of the burgeoning Dayton Chapter of the American Outlaws to participate in supporting the highest levels of local soccer, both DDLFC in USL PDL and the new NPSL team. Growing the game from the bottom of the pyramid to the top will ultimately serve the best interests of our national teams.

The arrival of an NPSL club in Dayton potentially represents the start of an exciting new era of soccer in Dayton. The Oranje Legion encourages soccer fans of all ages to get behind both teams in whatever manner you are able. Whether or not you enjoy participating in the raucousness of a supporters group, we hope that you come out to the matches.


Chad Hollingsworth

Founder, Oranje Legion

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Brittany Persaud Returns to DDLFC


Oranje Legion would like to extend a big “welcome home” to Brittany Persaud. The midfielder from Westerville, OH played for the Dutch Lions in the USL W-League in 2011 prior to signing a professional contract in Sweden. She will return to DDLFC for the summer of 2015.

Persaud played for three seasons at Wright State University. She was twice selected as First Team All-Horizon League. When she graduated, she was the Raiders’ all-time leader in assists (24).

Brittany helped lead the Guyana Women’s National Football Team to their first ever Gold Cup appearance in 2011. This propelled the team to the highest FIFA ranking that they have ever achieved.

Her professional career in Europe included stints with ADO Den Haag, SC Telstar, and Reiger Boys.

DDLFC fans are excited to have a player with Persaud’s skill and experience back on the squad. We are hopeful that the 2011 W-League Eastern Conference First Team honoree can push the women to the top of the table.

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Know Thy Enemy – A Preview of the Great Lakes Division

Our proud and beloved Dayton Dutch Lions have returned to their roots in 2015. By that I mean they will rejoining the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. DDL will be competing in the Great Lakes Division of the PDL’s Central Conference.

This is the same division in which DDL participated during its inaugural 2010 season. It’s been a while, however, since that first season, and not all of the teams are the same. Let’s take a moment to get to know the “competition”.

Derby City Rovers

2014 Record: 3-7-4, 13 points, 6th place South Atlantic Division, DNQ for playoffs

Home Venue: Centurion Soccer Field, Louisville, KY

Last season was so bad for the Rovers that the club changed its name to distance itself from the shame. Let’s hope the Dayton Dutch Lions can help prod the Louisville team to another name change after 2015.

DDL faced off against the Rovers in the opening round of the 2013 US Open Cup. Three different players scored goals in a 3-0 victory for the Dutch Lions. This was the only match contested between the two clubs.

Forest City London

2014 Record: 6-4-4, 22 points, 4th place Great Lakes Division, DNQ for playoffs

Home Venue: German-Canadian Club of London Field, London, Ontario

The club was founded in 2009 and qualified for the PDL playoffs every season except for last season. London won the PDL championship in 2012.

DDL and London faced each other twice during the 2010 PDL regular season. Dayton earned a draw at home, but lost north of the border.

K-W United FC

2014 Record: 8-3-3, 27 points, 2nd place Great Lakes Division, loss in Central Conference Championship

Home Venue: University Stadium, Waterloo, Ontario

K-W United have struggled on the pitch and in the stands. The club relocated to Waterloo from Hamilton in an attempt to fix one of those problems. Last season was the first that this team has qualified for the playoffs.

DDL has never faced K-W United in a meaningful competition.

Michigan Bucks

2014 Record: 9-2-3, 30 points, 1st place Great Lakes Division, PDL Champions

Home Venue: Ultimate Soccer Arenas, Pontiac, Michigan

If there will be any club that might present a problem for the Dutch Lions, it could be the Michigan Bucks. By taking another look at the 2014 accomplishments listed above, you will be reminded that the Bucks took first place in the Great Lakes Division before winning the national championship. It’s also worth noting that this was the 2014 USL PDL Organization of the Year.

DDL has a 2-1-0 record against Michigan. The teams split the home-and-away series in the 2010 PDL regular season. Dayton advanced past the Bucks in the fourth round of the 2012 US Open Cup.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23

2014 Record: 2-11-1, 7 points, 6th place Great Lakes Division, DNQ for playoffs

Home Venue: Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is not the same team that DDL tormented in USL PRO the last several years. It is their younger, less-experienced brother. It appears, though, that the same hideous logo adorns the jerseys. The 2014 season was the first for the pups.

(If you are bent on making an away trip this summer, let me suggest the 4-hour ride to Pittsburgh. Highmark Stadium is a fantastic place to watch a match.)


This is not your grandfather’s Toronto entry into USL PDL. That club, Toronto Lynx, will not be operating a PDL team this season. This appears to be a new venture by the ownership group of FC Toronto. We’ve witnessed how successful this group is at missing the MLS playoffs, so there is nothing to worry about here.

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Open Tryouts Are for Supporters Too!

Dayton Dutch Lions FC will be holding open tryouts for their 2015 PDL team on 21 & 22 February at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton. Registration will begin at 9 A.M. on Saturday, followed by small-sided games. Eleven versus eleven matches will begin after lunch and proceed until 4 P.M.

Small-sided game at 2014 DDLFC tryouts.

Small-sided game at 2014 DDLFC tryouts.

Tryouts are open to the public, and I’d like to encourage Oranje Legion members and casual fans to attend. This is our first opportunity to get a look at the new team, and will be our first chance to get together and start getting organized for the new season. The 11v11 matches will be the time to get our voices tuned up!

If there is enough interest, I may bring the grill for hot dogs and cooler of beverages. Send an email to to let me know if you’re planning on attending.

What Kind of Roster Will DDLFC Field in 2015?

I was curious about the type of player that Dutch Lions hope to attract now that we have returned to PDL, so I went to Technical Director Sid van Druenen for some answers.

Are any of the previous PRO players going to be on the PDL roster? I’m thinking about guys like Kissinger and Shane.

SvD: Most likely yes.

Have you been scouting regional college talent for inclusion on the team?

SvD: Yes. Have been talking mostly to the local college coaches and spoke to some of the local bigger talents as well. Interest has been good so far.

There were several Dutch players on the previous 2010 PDL team, can we expect to see more of the same in 2015?

SvD: We can have 10 international players on the roster and 8 guys over 23 years old so we are definitely looking at bringing some quality international players in. The thought process will be that these guys will have to make a difference compared to the local players available.

Who are some of the guys that have already been invited to the second day (invite only portion) of the tryouts?

SvD: Local players from the local colleges that have interest in playing PDL. I don’t mind providing you with a list of names closer to the day.

Who Is Going to Coach This Club?

The team is, of course, due for another coaching change. I inquired about the identity of the new coach. I learned that a new coach has been selected, and the announcement would come shortly


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Pregame Meal with @DaytonDutchLions at @TexasRoadhouse (Beavercreek)

Here’s a great way to interact with the Dayton Dutch Lions professional players of today while supporting the ones we’ll be rooting for in the future. Texas Roadhouse is an official sponsor of Dayton Dutch Lions FC and has been providing match day lunches to the professional players and staff in 2014. We are invited to join the team for the pregame meal before the final home game in Beavercreek on Sunday, May 4. If we bring copies of the flyer (below), Texas Roadhouse will donate 20% of each of our bills to the Dutch Lions academy.

texas_roadhouseThe USL PRO squad will be there at 1 PM for lunch, but will stay until 2:30 PM for autographs and interaction with fans. If you need to gear up and fuel up for the match at the same time, stop by the merchandise table that will be set up. Leo will be there, and he just may be joined by his new friend, Andy the Armadillo.

Hopefully, we can muster a big turnout from the Oranje Legion to elicit some excitement for the match against Charleston. We are encouraged to have fun, but we can’t get overly rowdy – it’s still a restaurant, not a soccer stadium.

If you can’t make it between 1 and 2:30, try to make it any time between 11 AM and the start of the match. Texas Roadhouse will still donate 20% of your bill to the DDLFC academy when you present the flyer.

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Photos and Comments from Home-Opener

We aren’t the biggest supporters group in the league, but we are growing. Besides, what we lack in numbers, we make up in passion. The home-opener against the Rochester Rhinos was a pretty big success on the pitch and in the supporters section. We got lots of positive feedback from DDLFC staff, players, and casual fans. Below are some of the pictures and comments that I could find via social media.

The first one was taken by a fan in the main stands and was Tweeted during the match. It’s taken from far away (presumably with a cell phone), but it shows all of us and our sign behind the south goal.

This next comment comes from a guy who has been following DDLFC for a while, but made his first venture into the supporters section against Rochester. (We agree with his statement wholeheartedly!)

Here are three nice shots of us taken by stellar photographer and Oranje Legion member, Jeremi Blurton. The first is a close-up in the daylight before the match started, showing flags, vuvuzelas, and Brian’s giant flogger.group_shot


The next photo is a spectacular view of the smoke streaming out of our section after the dramatic equalizing goal.

Here we are gathered together to applaud the lads’ efforts as they leave the field. I think we look like a more formidable group like this. Want to try to sit closer together during the next match?


This last one not only looks cool, but it came with a special message. First, the picture:


Now the message:

This was our first soccer game ever and we sat in the supporter section.  It was amazing, and this photo is when the Lions scored against the Rhinos near the end of the game.  Just amazing time when it happened!!  Hopefully you like the picture!

We helped to make someone’s first soccer game “amazing”. I can’t tell you how much it means to hear this. This is the effect that we can have. Let’s keep it going. I challenge each of you to bring someone else to their first match and have them stand with us.

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“NEW” CHANTS: Dutch Lions ‘Til I Die & We Love You Dayton

We do a pretty good job of coming up with some of our own material, but every supporters group that I know also does a good job of ripping material from other groups. Here are two versions of classic chants that are done for various clubs around the world.

Dutch Lions ‘Til I Die

Dutch Lions 'til I die.
Dutch Lions 'til I die.
I know I am. I swear I am.
Dutch Lions 'til I die.

HERE is an audio version of the ‘Til I Die chant from Feyenord.

We Love You Dayton

We love you Dayton. We do.
We love you Dayton. We do.
We love you Dayton. We do.
Oh! Dayton we love you.

HERE is an audio version of the We Love You We Do chant from Arsenal.


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