York United

York United Football Club (formerly known as York9 FC) is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League.

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York United History

Jimmy Brennan, a former player for Canada who represented his country in international competition, resigned from his position as executive director of Aurora FC in December 2017 and stated his intention to pursue opportunities within the Canadian Premier League. It was announced in March 2018 that Brennan had been given the position of executive vice president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January of the same year.

The following day, it was disclosed that the president of the corporation, Preben Ganzhorn, had named himself as the president of an unidentified entity called York9 FC, which is thought to be a franchise in the Canadian Premier League. On May 5, 2018, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) announced that it has granted professional club membership to four different entities, including York Region. It was discovered that York9 is owned by Greenpark Group, which is directed by Carlo Baldassarra. Carlo’s son Mike serves as the chairman of the company. When the group was introduced at the Annual Meeting of the Members, photographs featuring both Brennan and Ganzhorn were taken there.

On May 10, 2018, York9 FC was presented to the public for the first time as the team that will be competing in the Canadian Premier League. The club has not only announced that they would be participating in the league’s inaugural season in 2019, but they have also unveiled their logo, team colors, and brand.

The team decided to call themselves York9 FC in order to pay homage to the nine communities that are contained within the boundaries of the York Region: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch-Stouffville. Jimmy Brennan was introduced as York9’s first head coach on July 27, 2018, after the club’s executive vice president of soccer operations made the announcement.

During the month of August, York9 participated in the U17 International Soccer Cup by fielding a squad from the York Region Soccer Association Selects. The competition took place at York Lions Stadium. The team prevailed over Juventus F.C. but fell short against Toronto FC in the championship match. The team has been referred to as “Y9” and “The Nine Stripes” by the league and the media respectively. Ryan Telfer scored the first goal in the history of the Canadian Premier League during York9’s first game, which was the inaugural Canadian Premier League match held at Forge FC on April 27, 2019.

The match ended in a 1–1 draw, which launched the 905 Derby. York9 participated in the 2019 Canadian Championship, where they competed for the Voyageurs Cup, in order to select which team will represent the Canadian Soccer Association in the CONCACAF Champions League. Following a tie at home (2–2) and a defeat in Montreal (1-0), the squad was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by the Montreal Impact. The epidemic caused the season to be postponed, which resulted in York9 not being able to start their second season in the Canadian Premier League in April of 2020 as planned.

During the postponement, the club traded teenage midfielder Emilio Estevez to ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Eredivisie. Estevez was the first player from the Canadian Premier League to be moved to a team in a top-level league in Europe. The club changed its name to York United FC on December 11, 2020, and at the same time, it also adopted a new crest and color scheme to go along with the new moniker. The new branding also reflects the city of Toronto, in contrast to the previous moniker of the club, which was only intended to target York Region.

The club concluded the 2021 season of the Canadian Premier League in fourth place, which was their first season playing under the name York United FC. After suffering a setback to Forge FC by the score of 3–1, they were eliminated from the playoffs. After the conclusion of the season, it was revealed on November 23, 2021, that the head coach Jim Brennan’s contract would not be renewed, which brought an end to his time with the organization. On December 21, 2021, Martin Nash took over for him as his replacement.

York United Stadium

The home field for the York football team is York Lions Stadium, which is located on the Keele Campus of York University in the York University Heights suburb of North York, Toronto. The club’s initial intention was to play their home games at Alumni Field, which is located on the same campus as York Lions Stadium, while the latter was being refurbished in preparation for postseason play. Before the start of the 2021 season, the stadium had extensive renovations that included the installation of a wider playing surface made of artificial turf and the removal of the running track that had ringed the area in which the game was played.

The club made the announcement in 2018 that they intended to build a modular, timber stadium with 15,000 seats within the next three years. As of the month of August in the year 2021, neither the financing nor the location of the new stadium has been decided.

York United Crest

The shape of the crest was modeled after that of The Queen’s York Rangers, an army regiment with its headquarters in Toronto and York Region. A blue accent was added to the top of the crest to represent Lake Ontario. The club is known as “The Nine Stripes,” which is reflected in the shield’s design, which consists of a YU monogram and nine vertical stripes. At the very top is a crown with a trillium and a maple leaf on it; these are symbols of the province of Ontario and the city of Toronto, respectively.

York United Crest Explained

The club uses the dark green, dark blue, white, and gold colors that may be found on the coat of arms of York, which was the name of the city that eventually became Toronto. In contrast to the vast majority of clubs competing in the Canadian Premier League, York traditionally sports away shirts that are predominately white.