New Orleans Jesters

New Orleans Jesters
New Orleans Jesters
Full name New Orleans Jesters
Nickname(s) The Jesters
Founded 2003
Stadium Pan American Stadium
New Orleans, Louisiana
(Capacity: 5,000)
Owner United States Dana Stumpf
Head Coach Republic of Ireland Kenny Farrell
League USL Premier Development League
2010 5th, Southeast
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
Current season
Original New Orleans Shell Shockers logo

New Orleans Jesters is an American soccer team based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 2003, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference.

The team plays its home games at Pan American Stadium, where they have played since 2009. The team's colors are purple, green, and white.

Prior to the 2009 season the team was known as the New Orleans Shell Shockers, due to its sponsorship by the Shell Oil Company. When that sponsorship ended before the 2008 season, the "Shell" was subsequently dropped from its name,[1] and prior to the 2009 season the team changed its name, colors, and crest entirely, rebranding themselves as the New Orleans Jesters.[2]



The New Orleans Shell Shockers entered the PDL as an expansion franchise in 2003, playing at the soccer stadium at Tulane University in New Orleans; the name "Shell Shockers" came from the team's sponsorship by the Shell Oil Company. The Shell Shockers made a huge impact in their first season, winning their first game 2-0 over Nashville Metros, and rattling off seven more wins in their next eight games. They outclassed more experienced opponents at every turn, and scored plenty of goals with it - they put four goals past the Lafayette Swamp Cats on two separate occasions, with Jonas Lopez scoring a hat trick in one of the games, and beat the Houston Toros 4-0. After a brief interruption service when they lost 5-3 on the road against Memphis Express in mid-June, the Shell Shockers resumed their astonishing run of form immediately; they rattled off nine more wins in a row - 5-1 against Austin Lightning, 5-1 against Houston Toros, 5-1 against Austin again - and had already secured the Mid South Division title well before the final game of the season. The Shell Shockers hosted the Southern Conference playoffs, and having already won the title of 'Best Regular Season Record', were hot favorites to progress. They comfortably overcame Central Florida Kraze 4-1 in the conference semi-final, thanks in no small part to a pair of goals from substitute Jeremy Judice, but they were uncharacteristically beaten 2-0 in the conference final by Memphis. Despite this surprising defeat, it was a massively successful debut season for the team, as highlighted by the fact that head coach Kenny Farrell was named Coach of the Year by the PDL.

Having been so dominant the previous year, expectations were high for the Shell Shockers as they approached the 2004 season. Unfortunately, things did not quite go their way; despite winning their opening fixture of the season 3-1 over the Lafayette Swamp Cats, they were unexpectedly flattened 8-0 by the DFW Tornados in their very next game, having been reduced to nine men by the 57th minute. It was by far the most comprehensive defeat in the team's short history, and it set in motion a tendency for the Shell Shockers to lose quite spectacularly. They were on the wrong end of an astonishing 8-3 scoreline against El Paso Patriots at the end of May, lost 4-1 at home to DFW in mid-June, conceded a 90th minute equalizer and then lost on a golden goal 2-1 against Memphis Express, and let in another seven goals against El Paso on the road in mid-July. The highlights of New Orleans's season were limited to a couple of 2-1 and 3-2 victories here and there, although they did enjoy an amazing 4-3 win over Austin Lightning in which they scored a 90th minute equalizer and a winner in the 9th minute of injury time, with both goals scored by Roberto Najarro. However, the Shockers ended the season a disappointing fifth in the Mid South Division, a full 30 points behind divisional champs El Paso Patriots, and well out of the playoffs. Najarro was the team's top scorer, with 5 goals, while former Carlisle United, West Ham United and Manchester City midfielder Ian Bishop registered 5 assists.

Things didn't get much better for the Shell Shockers in 2005. Despite taking up residence at the Pan American Stadium in City Park, and despite winning their first game in their new home 2-1 over Memphis Express, the Shell Shockers reverted to type and promptly lost their next five games, including a 5-2 thumping at the hands of the Nashville Metros, and a comprehensive 4-1 loss away from home at Austin Lightning. A brief mid-season surge that included a pair of wins over divisional new boys Laredo Heat sparked the potential for a revival, but it was all over quickly. Four more defeats down the home stretch, including another heavy defeat to Nashville, and a 4-1 hammering by the El Paso Patriots put pay to any scant playoff hopes New Orleans may have had. The 3-1 win over Austin Lightning at home on the last day of the season was, ironically, one of their most impressive performances of the year. They finished the season sixth in the Mid South Division, just three points off the basement, and 16 points off divisional champs El Paso Patriots. Pablo Araya-Espinozo was New Orleans's top marksman with 9 goals.

Pan American Stadium, along with much of the rest of Louisiana was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005,[3] and as a result the Shell Shockers were forced to play at Muss Bertolino Stadium in nearby Kenner, Louisiana for the 2006 season. After their plight was featured in the international media,[4][5] the Shockers, with the support of teams like New England Revolution and individuals such as former Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, pledged to help raise $1,000,000 to the redevelopment of City Park.

The 2006 season was a difficult one for the Shell Shockers for obvious reasons, and their on-field performances suffered. The team won just 4 games in a long, hard season: 3-1 at home over Austin Lightning in late May, 3-1 over Austin again on the road in June, a hugely satisfying 2-1 win over El Paso Patriots with two goals from Jarret Gautreau, and a 3-0 win away in Dallas over the DFW Tornados on the final day of the regular season that featured a brace from midfielder Brandon Chagnard. Elsewhere, the results were less demoralizing than in previous years, but all too often the Shell Shockers found themselves on the wrong end of 3-1 and 3-2 scorelines, and even managing to score a desperate last-minute own goal in their 2-1 defeat to Laredo Heat in July. Eventually, they finished the season a distant fourth in the Mid South Division, almost 30 points behind divisional champs Laredo Heat - but at least they were still competing. Gautreau and Roberto Najarro were top scorers, with 3 goals each.

2007, unfortunately, brought more of the same for the Shell Shockers, who did manage to pick up one more win than in 2006, but still finished the season a distant fifth in the Mid South Division behind Laredo Heat. The on-field highlights included a 3-0 win over new Louisiana rivals Baton Rouge in late May, a pair of victories over the other divisional new boys Mississippi Brilla, and an absolutely astonishing 8-1 annihilation of Austin Lightning at home in July in which Ged Quinn and Brandon Chagnard scored two goals each. Unfortunately, it was New Orleans's form on the road which caused them the most pain: they failed to win any of their eight away games during the season. However, the demoralizing high-score defeats that had plagued the team in previous years were thankfully absent for the most part, with their worst performance of the year coming in their 4-2 defeat to DFW Tornados in mid-June. Quinn, Chagnard and Gino Ray were the team's top scorers for the year, with 13 goals between them, while Jamie Davies contributed six assists.

New Orleans Jesters logo 2009

New Orleans suffered a turbulent 2007-08 offseason. The team's sponsorship by the Shell Oil Company ended, resulting the "Shell" part of the club's name being dropped.[6] Long-time chairman Gary Ostroske was bought out by local business woman Dana Stumpf,[7] and the team also moved to a new home, Tad Gormley Stadium, also located in City Park.[8]

Disappointingly, the fresh faces and new home ground did not translate to an upturn in the Shockers' form. The season started badly with a 3-0 opening day defeat to new boys Houston Leones, and despite recovering to post two wins and a tie in their next three games, including a 1-0 over state rivals Baton Rouge Capitals, the Shockers struggled for much of the rest of the season. They suffered an embarrassing 4-1 turnaround away in Baton Rouge in late May, conceded an 85th minute equalizing PK in their 3-3 tie with Laredo Heat in early June, and lost three of their last four regular season games, all at home, including a 4-0 defeat to Laredo in which wunderkind Felix Garcia scored a hat trick. For the fifth year in a row New Orleans ended the year at the wrong end of the Mid South Division standings, eventually finishing seventh, 13 points behind divisional champs Austin Aztex U23. The erstwhile Brandon Chagnard was New Orleans' top scorer with 4 goals,

Prior to the 2009 season the team changed its name, colors, and crest entirely, rebranding themselves as the New Orleans Jesters,[9] and following a full renovation including the installation of FieldTurf, returned to play their home games at Pan American Stadium.[10]

Under new ownership since 2008, the team has a renewed focus on improving the local community and the level of soccer. In its first year as the New Orleans Jesters, the local USL franchise went undefeated during the 2009 season and posted its only loss in the playoffs. The team was recognized by having two players named to the All-Conference Team and one recognized with All-League Honors.

For the 2010 season, the Jesters competed in the Southeast Division of the PDL. Its eight home games were all played at recently renovated Pan-American Stadium in City Park.


Current roster

As of June 8, 2011.[11]

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
1 United States GK Jordan Lower[12]
2 United States DF Brandon Tyler
3 England DF James Burgin
4 England MF Scott Wells[13]
5 Costa Rica MF Federico Espinach[14]
6 England DF Neil Harries[15]
7 Wales MF Stuart Kirk[16]
8 Wales MF Oliver Hewitt-Fisher[17]
9 Ghana FW Emmanuel Yamson
10 England FW Paris Simmons
12 Côte d'Ivoire DF Ben Tayi
No. Position Player
13 United States GK Andrew Tarbell[18]
14 Finland DF Jesper Törnqvist
15 United States MF Patrick Mullins[19]
16 United States DF Frank Judice[20]
17 England FW Reece Wilson[21]
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mikki Bozickovic[22]
21 England DF Sam Hurrell
22 United States DF Jordan Schwartz[23]
23 United States MF Tony Judice[24]
25 Colombia MF Juan Hurtado
26 United States MF Max Angel[25]

Notable former players

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2003 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid South Conference Finals Did not qualify
2004 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2005 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2007 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 7th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Divisional Semifinals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify


  • USL PDL Regular Season Champions 2003
  • USL PDL Mid South Division Champions 2003

Head coaches

  • Republic of Ireland Kenny Farrell (2003-present)


Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at

  • 2003: 711
  • 2004: 278
  • 2005: 600
  • 2006: 719 (8th in PDL)
  • 2007: 321
  • 2008: not yet available
  • 2009: 1,007 (8th in PDL)
  • 2010: 1,167 (9th in PDL)


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