RVA FC

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RVA FC
RVA Football Club Logo.png
Full name RVA Football Club
Founded 2013
Stadium Sports Backers Stadium
Richmond, Virginia
Ground Capacity 5,500
Owner Grover Gibson Soccer Foundation
Head coach Grover Gibson
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 1st, Mid-Atlantic Division
Playoffs: NPSL Champions
Website Club home page
Current season

RVA FC is an American soccer team based in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Founded in 2013, the team plays in National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

The team plays its home games at Sports Backers Stadium. The team colors are black, red and white.

History[edit]

RVA Football Club was founded in 2013 to compete in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), one of the top amateur leagues in the United States, considered the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid and roughly equal with the USL Premier Development League (PDL). The club's name, RVA, represents Richmond, Virginia, where they plays home games out of Sports Backers Stadium.[1]

In their first season, RVA FC were coached by former American midfielder, Grover Gibson, who had a successful club career in Germany. Gibson would lead RVA to a first place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Division with a balanced attacking squad, featuring 29 goals from 10 players during the regular season.[2] The club would advance to the NPSL championship and defeat the Sonoma County Sol 2-0 at Sports Backers Stadium to claim the title and complete an undefeated 10-0-2 season.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2013 4 NPSL 1st, Mid-Atlantic Champions Did not qualify

Players[edit]

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
1 United States GK Bill Groben
22 United States GK Michael Releford
0 United States GK CJ Stevens
3 United States DF Patrick Foss
15 United States DF Zach Carroll
5 Jamaica DF Naldo Parkes
16 Senegal DF Assane Keita
9 England DF Nick Rich
8 United States MF Nate Shiffman
17 United States MF Todd Wharton
10 United States FW Luis Rendon
18 United States FW Kharlton Belmar
7 United States FW Ryan Zinkhan
13 Jamaica MF Vincent Mitchell
No. Position Player
5 Jamaica MF Leighton Richards
19 United States MF Dan Lauretano
2 Switzerland MF Karel Manrau
21 United States FW Kai Marshall
25 United States DF Hayes Fountain
12 Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Tishan Hanley
22 England FW Josh Grant
4 United States MF Gene Daniels
20 Spain FW Manel Bel
14 Jamaica MF Romena Bowie
23 United States MF Michael Venegas
24 United States MF Luc Fatton
11 Trinidad and Tobago MF Evans Wise

Staff[edit]

Head coach[edit]

Assistant coaches[edit]

  • Germany Jens Baeumer
  • United States Don Hughes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About RVA Football Club". RVAFootballClub.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NPSL Seminfinals Preview". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.