Lehigh Valley United Sonic

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Lehigh Valley United Sonic
FC LVU Sonic.png
Full name Lehigh Valley United Sonic
Nickname(s) Sonic
Founded 2009
Stadium Whitehall High School Sports Complex
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV)
President Matt McTish
Head Coach Dave Weitzman
League USL Premier Development League
2014 (NPSL) 2nd, Keystone Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Lehigh Valley United Sonic (also referred to as LVU Sonic) is an American soccer team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at the Whitehall High School Sports Complex in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The team's colors are pale blue and white.

History[edit]

Lehigh Valley United Sonic (or LVU Sonic) was founded in 2009 by the non-profit organization Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV) to field a top-level team in the National Premier Soccer League, considered the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid and roughly equal to the USL Premier Development League, while also supporting youth development and coaching.[1]

The team originally took its name from its youth club affiliate, FC Lehigh Valley United, and adopted "Sonic" from a corporate partnership with American restaurant chain, Sonic Drive-In, in a deal that lasted three seasons. This was also reflected in the club's logo, which was changed following the conclusion of the deal in 2012. The team shares its history and many former players with the successful Pennsylvania Stoners team, which won the NPSL Championship in 2008 but left the league at the end of the 2009 season.[2]

The Sonic had a successful first season, finishing first in Northeast Division/Keystone Conference and making it to the national semi-finals in the playoffs. Following a second place divisional finish in 2011, the club returned to first place in 2012 and defeated Chattanooga FC 1-0 in the National Championship game on July 29, 2012, winning their first league title. Since 2010, Sonic has posted a remarkable league and playoff record of 46 Wins, 4 draws, and 7 Losses. In 2013, Sonic represented the NPSL in US Soccer's Inaugural Amateur National Championship. After beating the Croatian Eagles (WI) in the national semi-final (1-0) Sonic then played the Carolina Dynamo (PDL) in the final losing 3-1 in penalty kicks (1-1 regulation)[3]

FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic joined the USL PDL on November 18, 2014. [4]

Original FC Sonic logo 2009-2012

Players and staff[edit]

2010 Roster[edit]

Source: [1]

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

No. Position Player
United States MF James Graf
United States Cody Antonini
United States MF Hunter Norton
United States GK Charlie Sales
United States DF Pat LeTourneau
United States DF Jordie Ciuffetelli
United States Joe Sales
United States Tom Mustac
United States Tucker Sandercock
United States MF Ali Famili
United States Brian Suchoski
United States MF Matt Baker
United States MF Andy Adlard
United States DF Ryan Jones
United States DF Reed Norton
No. Position Player
United States DF Josh Brown[disambiguation needed]
United States DF Brandon Turner
United States DF Kevin Strunk
United States Jeff Reinhart
United States MF Daniel Odenwelder
United States MF Schuylar Rimmele
United States Luis Devia
United States GK Nate McDonald

Head coaches[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 NPSL 1st, Keystone 12W-1D-2L National Semi Finals Did not enter
2011 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 9W-2D-1L Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 NPSL 1st, Keystone 14W-1D-1L Champions First Round
2013 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 11W-0D-3L National Semi Finals First Round
2014 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 8W-2D-2L Northeast Region Semi Finals Second Round

Honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • National Premier Soccer League
    • National Champions (1): 2012 (Also, 2008 Champions as PA Stoners)
  • Keystone Division Titles (NPSL):
    • Winners (2): 2010, 2012,
  • Northeast Conference Champions (3):
    • 2010, 2012, 2013

Stadium[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LVU Sonic - About Us". FCSonic.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "F.C. Sonic Lehigh Valley to take the field in 2010". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. February 19, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stephen Prendergast (July 29, 2012). "FC Sonic are NPSL Champions". SoccerNation.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lehigh Valley United Makes Jump to PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.