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FC Ukraine United is a Canadian soccer club founded in 2006. The team is currently a member of the Canadian Soccer League a league that is not sanctioned by any FIFA recognized body. Their home venue is located at Centennial Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. The club is the only team in the CSL to represent the Ukrainian diaspora in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Full nameFootball Club Ukraine United
Founded2006
StadiumCentennial Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
Capacity3500
Owner(s)Andrei Malychenkov
Evgen Ishchak
ChairmanMykhailo Hurka
ManagerEvgen Ishchak
CoachAndrei Malychenkov
LeagueCanadian Soccer League
2018Regular season: 1st
Playoffs:Semifinal
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 2006, Andrei Malychenkov, and Vladimir Koval, former professional footballers from the former Soviet Union established a club in order to accommodate and combine talent from the various Eastern Bloc countries located in Canada.[1] As a result, FC Ukraine United were formed with a Ukrainian identity due to the majority of players originating from the Ukraine. Malychenkov was given head coach responsibilities, while Koval served as the general manager. In 2007, the club initial began playing indoor soccer at Soccer City. In the spring of 2007, Ukraine United joined the Ontario Soccer League in the Multi Jurisdictional West Division. In their debut season in the OSL the team finished third in the standings and won the George Finnie Cup.[2] The following season United won promotion to the Central Regional Division by winning the league.

During their three seasons in the Central Regional Division the team managed to win the Great Lakes Cup and secured a promotion to the Premier Central Division in 2011.[3] During their time in the Premier Division United participated several times in the Diaspora World Cup hosted in Ternopil, Ukraine, and finished runner's up in the 2015 regular season. In 2016, Ukraine United was promoted to the professional ranks by joining the Canadian Soccer League.[4][5][6]

In preparation for play in the CSL First Division Malychenkov recruited several import players with experience in the Professional Football League of Ukraine. The imports included the likes of Mykhailo Bulkin, Lubomyr Halchuk, Vadym Gostiev, Mykola Hreshta, Mykhailo Hurka, Kostiantyn Derevlov, Vitaliy Dnistryan, Lubomyr Ivansky, Sergiy Ivliev, Oleh Kerchu, Danylo Lazar, Andriy Lemishevsky, Nazar Lytvyn, Volodymyr Romaniv, Sergiy Semenov, Sergiy Sergeyev, and Oleg Shutov.[7][8][9] Ukraine United made their professional debut on June 5, 2016 against Scarborough SC where they lost by a score of 2-0.[10] On June 12, 2016 United recorded their first victory over Hamilton City SC in a 3-2 victory with goals coming from Ivliev and Derevlov.[11] In their debut season in the CSL Ukraine United achieved a second-place finish in the standings and recorded the league's big offensive record.[12]

In the first round of the postseason United faced Brantford Galaxy and with goals coming from Oleksandr Muzychuk, Derevlov, and Shutov they advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory.[13] Their opponents in the next round were the Serbian White Eagles, but were eliminated from playoff contention from a 1-0 loss.[14] For the 2017 season United voluntarily relegated themselves to the Second Division.[15]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of August 18, 2018[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   FW Oleksandr Popravka
2   GK Andriy Bandrivskyy
3   DF Ivan Kucherenko
4   DF Maksym Rohovskyi [17]
5   DF Mykhailo Hurka
6   MF Taras Hromyak
7   MF Yuri Sokolovsky
8   MF Sergiy Sergeyev
9   DF Igor Bortnyk
10   FW Pavlo Lukyanets
11   FW Serhiy Savchenko [18]
10   FW Ihor Kozovyk [19]
13   FW Nazar Milishchuk
No. Position Player
14   FW Ihor Shyshka [20]
15   MF Andriy Savchenko
16   FW Vasyl Chornyi
17   FW Dmytro Mykhalchuk
18   DF Lubomir Ivansky
19   DF Mykola Hreshta
20   FW Vitaliy Bohdanov
21   MF Volodymyr Romaniv
22   FW Vadym Hetman
23   FW Yevhen Falkovskyi
24   FW Ihor Malysh
25   FW Roman Datsiuk
  MF Amir Hosic

Year-by-yearEdit

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2007 Multi Jurisdictional Division West OSL Third
2008 Multi Jurisdictional Division West OSL Champions
2009 Central Regional Division OSL Eleventh
2010 Central Regional Division OSL Fourth
2011 Central Regional Division OSL Fourth
2012 Premier Central Division OSL Eighth
2013 Premier Central Division OSL Eighth
2014 Premier Central Division OSL Third
2015 Premier Central Division OSL Second
2016[21] First Division CSL Second Semifinal
2017[22] Second Division CSL First Champions
2018[23] First Division CSL First Semifinal

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Ukraine United торік і тепер | Український тижневик Міст". archive.is. August 4, 2016. Archived from the original on August 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Adamson, Stan. "CHANGING UKRAINIAN PRESENCE IN CANADIAN SOCCER….CSL bid by FC Ukraine United | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "CSL SET FOR MAY KICKOFF | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
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  7. ^ "2016 «Юкрэйн Юнайтед» Торонто". footballfacts.ru. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "FC Ukraine United | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ BABENCHUK, Andriy (October 1, 2017). ""Воркута" выиграла "регулярку" чемпионата Канады и вылетела в полуфинале". Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Adamson, Stan. "LATE GOALS GIVE SCARBOROUGH VICTORY……York Region down Hamilton City | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Adamson, Stan. "FIRST VICTORY FOR EXPANSION TEAM FC UKRAINE UNITED …..Ivliev and Vukovic each score twice | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "2016 First Division Standing | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  13. ^ Adamson, Stan. "UKRAINE UNITED, SERBIAN EAGLES ADVANCE……..CSL playoffs continue Sunday | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  14. ^ Adamson, Stan. "SERBIAN EAGLES, HAMILTON CITY IN CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "CSL EXPANSION TEAMS VORKUTA AND ROYAL TORONTO GIVE NEW LOOK……End of May kickoff | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "FC Ukraine United". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Футболіст Роговський Максим - Інформаційно-статистична база ФФУ". footpass.ffu.ua. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "Професіональна футбольна ліга України". pfl.ua. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  19. ^ "Футболіст Козовик Ігор - Інформаційно-статистична база ФФУ". footpass.ffu.ua. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "Футболіст Шишка Ігор - Інформаційно-статистична база ФФУ". footpass.ffu.ua. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  21. ^ "2016 First Division Standing | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  22. ^ "2017 Second Division Standings | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  23. ^ "2018 CSL First Division Standings – Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 17, 2018.

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