Grand Rapids FC

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Grand Rapids FC
Grand Rapids FC.jpg
Full name Grand Rapids Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues, GRFC
Founded 2014
Ground Houseman Field
Grand Rapids, MI
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owners Matt Roberts, Chris Deiss
Manager George Moni
League National Premier Soccer League
Website Club home page
Current season

Grand Rapids FC is an American soccer club based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that plays in the National Premier Soccer League. The team was founded in 2014 and its first season is in 2015. It is funded by a group of supporters who purchase memberships to cover the operating expenses, as well as by local sponsors.[1]


Grand Rapids FC was started by a group of Grand Rapids residents as a community-funded project along the lines of Nashville FC.[2] Fundraising began on February 14, 2014 by word of mouth and was opened to the public a month later. The team had applied to the National Premier Soccer League for the 2015 season but their application was declined.[3] Instead, GRFC and AFC Ann Arbor, another team denied by the NPSL, decided to start a league of their own called the Great Lakes Premier League.[4] The new league held its inaugural league meetings on January 17, 2015.

Following a successful 2015 season where Grand Rapids FC finished the season in second place while averaging 4,509 fans per game, the team announced on September 25, 2015 that they would be leaving the Great Lakes Premier League to join the National Premier Soccer League.[5]


Houseman Field

Houseman Field in the Midtown neighborhood of Grand Rapids is the club's home field.[6] Initially, only the south side of the stadium was opened for spectators, but on July 17, 2015 the latest record attendance forced the club to move some spectators at half-time. For the final home match on July 31, spectators were admitted to the north side right away to accommodate the expected record crowd.

Record Attendance[edit]

6,651 - July 31, 2015 vs Muskegon Risers SC

Current Roster[edit]

[7] 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 Chase Rau
2 Germany MF AJ Dufendach
3 United States DF Ryan Scott
4 England DF Tony Deakin
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Anes Suhonjic
6 United States FW Tyler Fischer
7 Italy DF Mark Barone
8 Mexico MF Lito Esquivel
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Elmedin Zukić
10 Italy FW Domenic Barone
11 Guatemala FW Aldony Mendez
12 United States FW Ahmad Bah
13 United States DF Kyle Haverkate
14 United States MF Noble Sullivan
15 United States MF Brandon Bye
16 United States MF Jeremy Stacy
17 United States DF Cole Dehen
No. Position Player
18 United States DF Joe Sweet
19 United States MF Nick Capisciolto
20 United States DF Sean Broekhuizen
21 United States DF Rico Padilla
22 United States MF Logan Wright
23 United States MF Nick Abdoo
24 United States DF Cam Jensen
25 United States MF Zack McCabe
26 United States DF Ben Darling
27 United States DF Eli Appleby
28 Mexico MF Ruben Ornelas-Luna
29 United States GK Beau Prey
30 United States GK Jesse Guevara-Lehker
31 United States MF Kosti Moni
32 United States DF Tyler Moorman
33 United States FW Hunter Barone

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Albania George Moni (2015–present)


Year Tier League Regular Season U.S. Open Cup Average
2015 5 GLPL 2nd of 5 (3-3-2) Did not enter 4,509

Current Season[edit]

For more information, see 2015 Grand Rapids FC season.

2015 Great Lakes Premier League standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 RWB Adria (C) 8 7 1 0 23 6 +17 22
2 Grand Rapids FC 8 3 2 3 14 10 +4 11
3 AFC Ann Arbor 8 2 4 2 8 8 0 10
4 Oakland United FC 8 2 1 5 8 19 −11 7
5 Croatian Eagles 8 1 2 5 9 19 −10 5
Updated to match(es) played on July 25, 2015. Source: GLPL standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) wins; 3) goal differential
(C) Champion.

Historic Record vs Opponents[edit]

0-0-0 Win-Loss-Draw
0-0 Win-Loss
* No games played
Opponent Regular Season U.S. Open Total Played Win %
Michigan AFC Ann Arbor 1-0-1 * 1-0-1 2 0.750
Wisconsin Croatian Eagles 1-0-1 * 1-0-1 2 0.750
Michigan Oakland United FC 1-1-0 * 1-1-0 2 0.500
Illinois RWB Adria 0-2-0 * 0-2-0 2 0.000
Total 3-3-2 * 3-3-2 8 0.500
  • Note: Table includes all competitive matches and does not include friendlies.
  • Updated to end of 2015 season

Club Culture[edit]

The south side of Houseman Field, with members of the Grand Army supporters group in the foreground. Attendance 3,843.


The Grand Army and Western Front are two supporters groups that actively support Grand Rapids FC, largely but not exclusively made up of club members. In 2015, pre-game festivities were held at Bob's Bar and a march led through the Midtown neighborhood. In June 2015 a fanzine entitled "What if it Rains" started publication. The name of the magazine referred to one of the reasons the NPSL originally declined the club's application and celebrated the club's massive support.



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