Lionsbridge FC

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Lionsbridge Football Club logo.jpg
Full nameLionsbridge Football Club
StadiumPomoco Stadium
Newport News, Virginia
ChairmanMike Vest
Head coachChris Whalley
LeagueUSL League Two
20195th, South Atlantic Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

Lionsbridge Football Club, or Lionsbridge FC, is an American soccer club based out of the Virginia Peninsula, which comprises the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and York and James City counties. The club was founded in 2017, and play in USL League Two.[1] The club's colors are blue, black and white, and the club is named for the Lions Bridge, the iconic Peninsula landmark that has stood along the James River and in the Mariners' Museum Park since 1923.[2] The team plays its home games at Towne Bank Stadium on the campus of Christopher Newport University.


The original founders include Mike Vest, Kevin Joyce, and Dan Chenoweth, all of whom are Virginia Peninsula residents.[3] Lionsbridge FC announced its launch on June 9, 2017 via a social media release. At the time of the team's announcement, the club invited fans to help determine its crest via a fan vote on social media. More than 600 people voted [4] and the team unveiled the winning design in July 2017. The crest integrates four identifying features of the Virginia Peninsula - the Lions Bridge, the team's location and launch year, the James and York Rivers, and the region's importance as a hub of the United States military.[1][5]

Lionsbridge FC announced its league affiliation (Premier Development League) and POMOCO Stadium agreement (with Christopher Newport University) during a press conference on November 14, 2017.[6][7]

The team named Chris Whalley as its first head coach on February 14, 2018.[8]

Notable former players[edit]

Tom Devitt (2018) signed with Gateshead FC on August 1, 2018.[9]

Josh Spencer (2018) signed with Hinckley A.F.C. in England on August 2, 2018.[10]

Joe Rice (2018) signed with Richmond Kickers of USL League One on March 20, 2019.[11]

Current roster[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Richard Dearle
18 United States GK Jacob Reimers
22 United States GK Luke Messick
43 United States GK Caleb Garbuio
2 Germany DF Gideon Betz
4 Northern Ireland DF Tennant McVea
6 United States DF Derek Cook
11 England DF Charlie Ferguson
12 United States DF Patrick Gyamfi
15 United States DF Ryan Her
16 United States DF Luke Narker
20 Brazil DF Eduardo Sant'Ana

21 Netherlands DF Luke Staats
3 United States MF Travis Cooke
5 United States MF James Ellis
8 United States MF Sam Bacon

10 United States MF Tanner Dail
14 Germany MF Eren Elbustu
17 United States MF Jamie Gunderson
19 United States MF Daniel Hoffmann
No. Position Player
23 United States MF Jonah Kagen

24 United States MF James Lee
26 United States MF Matthew Lee
27 Senegal MF Fiorre Mane
30 Hungary MF Ivan Militar
32 New Zealand MF Oscar Ramsay
34 United States MF Adrian Rebollar
35 United States MF Hector Rivera
36 United States MF JP Scearce
9 United States FW Brennen Burton
13 United States FW Max Poelker
16 England FW Luke Brown
18 United States FW Emeka Eneli
24 United States FW Sebastian Gunbeyi
29 France FW Thibaut Jacquel
31 British Virgin Islands FW Kristian Javier
36 United States FW Max Poelker
37 United States FW Scott Signorelli
39 United States FW Rene White

Source: 2019 Lionsbridge FC Roster

Year by year[edit]

Year League Conference Division Pld W L D Pts Pos Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Attendance
2018 PDL Eastern South Atlantic 14 4 5 5 17 3rd Did not qualify Did not qualify 1,340
2019 USL League Two Eastern South Atlantic 14 5 6 3 18 5th Did not qualify Did not qualify

Jersey sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018 – present Nike Chick-fil-A

Lionsbridge FC's inaugural season sponsors include Chick-fil-A (Official Jersey Sponsor), Riverside Health System (Official Sports Medicine Provider), Planet Fitness (Official Health Club), Nike (Official Apparel Supplier) and Financial Security Group.[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b Staff, (November 14, 2017). "Lionsbridge FC Named New PDL Club". USL PDL. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Yanchulis, Kate. "Semipro soccer coming to Newport News in form of Lionsbridge FC". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Yanchulis, Kate. "Semipro soccer coming to Newport News in form of Lionsbridge FC". Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lionsbridge FC". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Hampton Roads and the Virginia Peninsula". Military News. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  6. ^ O'Brien, Marty. "Lionsbridge FC founders aim to bring high-level soccer to Newport News". Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Lionsbridge FC (November 14, 2017), Lionsbridge FC Press Conference 11-14-17, retrieved November 18, 2017
  8. ^ "chris-whalley". Lionsbridge football club. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tynesiders Secure Defender Devitt – Gateshead FC". Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "JJ's squad update". Hinckley AFC. August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  11. ^ [ "Goalkeepers Added to 2019 Kickers Roster"] Check |url= value (help). Richmond Kickers. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Marty. "Lionsbridge FC soccer team to partner with Riverside Health". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "chick-fil-a". Lionsbridge football club. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "nike". Lionsbridge football club. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "planet fitness". Lionsbridge football club. Retrieved January 28, 2018.