Boston Bulldogs (soccer)

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Boston Bulldogs
Full nameBoston Bulldogs Pro Soccer
Founded1996 (as Worcester Wildfire)
StadiumBowditch Field
Framingham, Massachusetts
Owner(s)John Curtis (1996)
Tom Bagley
Reidar Tryggestad
LeagueUSISL (1996)
USL A-League (1997-2000)
USL D3 Pro League (2001)

The Boston Bulldogs were a soccer club founded in 1996 as the Worcester Wildfire. The team debuted in the USISL and would play in the A-League from 1997 to 2000. Before folding, the team played its final season in the USL D3 Pro Soccer League in 2001.[1]

The club played its games at Bowditch Field in Framingham, Massachusetts.[2]


The first year in the A-League was fraught with financial problems and lack of a regular training facility. The owner was John Curtis from Cape Cod who also owned the Cape Cod Crusaders and the new women's franchise the Boston Renegades. Curtis was forced to sell the club before the start of the second season. The first coach of the A-League Wildfire was Nigel Boulton, a native of Wales. Boulton resigned following the completion of the first year to take up the State Director of Coaching position in Mississippi. He now coaches the men's program at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Wildfire were the official 'farm team' for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Notable former players on the Wildfire/Bulldogs roster include Jon Busch (1997) (who played for the US National Team in 2005) and Steve Nicol, (a legend with Liverpool FC in England, and the Scotland National team) both of whom have also found success in Major League Soccer.


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1996 2 USISL Pro League 9th Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
1996/97 N/A USISL I-League Played limited schedule Did not qualify N/A
1997 2 USISL A-League 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
1998 2 USISL A-League 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Third Round
1999 2 USL A-League 6th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 2 USL A-League 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2001 3 USL D3-Pro League 1st, Northern Semifinals Semifinals


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Guide".
  2. ^ "USISL A-league: Boston Bulldogs". Archived from the original on 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2010-12-15.