Syracuse Salty Dogs

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Syracuse Football Club
Full name Syracuse Football Club
Nickname(s) Salty Dogs
Founded 2003
Dissolved 2004
Stadium P&C Stadium
Syracuse, New York
Ground Capacity 12,000
Owner(s) Syracuse Pro Sports Group
President United States Tim Kuhl
Coach England Laurie Calloway
League USL A-League
Alternate Salty Dogs logo
The Syracuse Salty Dogs vs. the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2004 at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse Salty Dogs (formally Syracuse Football Club) were a professional men's soccer team based in Syracuse, New York. The name of the club originates from "Salty Dog" which is nautical slang for an experienced sailor who has spent much of his life aboard a ship at sea. A salty dog is often given increased credibility by ship mates in matters pertaining to ship-board life and duties. The club was a member of the USL A-League, playing only two seasons from 2003–2004. The club was owned and operated by the Syracuse Pro Sports Group and played most home games at P&C Stadium. The team suspended operations in October 2004 due to financial difficulties and has not played since. However, groups have been working to return pro soccer to Syracuse.


The Salty Dogs debuted in their first season in 2003, where they ended with a record of 11–12–5 (W–L–D) under coach Laurie Calloway. The club improved their record to 15–8–5 in their second season and averaged the third highest attendance in the A-League during both years of play.

Financial difficulties & dissolution[edit]

Despite high attendance in the A-League over both years of play and reasonable success on the field, the team faltered financially. The club's budget had been strained as a result of using P&C Stadium (now known as NBT Bank Stadium), which is run by the SkyChiefs. During their first season, the team was forced to play several home games at the Liverpool Athletic Complex at Liverpool High School, which was primarily a football field in Liverpool, NY[1] (also shared by the CNY Express, an amateur American football team). During its second season, the team's playoff home games were in Cortland, NY for similar reasons.

During the 2004 season, there were proposals to build a downtown soccer stadium near Armory Square. After the team's folding, Matt Driscoll, Syracuse's mayor, stated that realization of such a stadium is only feasible if a team returns. The Syracuse Pro Sports group filed for bankruptcy and folded the team in October 2004.[2]

Future soccer expansion in Syracuse[edit]

The Syracuse-based Monolith Athletic Club had been working to return professional soccer to Syracuse. After over a year of negotiations, the group has cleared two out of the four hurdles necessary to bring USL soccer back to Syracuse. The second hurdle, seen as the pivotal one, involving the Chiefs baseball team, was cleared in April 2006.[1] The final two steps involved a settlement on territorial rights with the Rochester Raging Rhinos and expansion approval from the USL.[2]

In September 2007, Matt Michael of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Monolith Athletic Club owner, Vito William Lucchetti, was no longer involved with bringing pro soccer to Syracuse, citing his intent to focus on his other business dealings.

Professional soccer did return to Syracuse in 2011 when the expansion Syracuse Silver Knights began play in the Major Indoor Soccer League.


2004 Roster[edit]

Salty Dogs roster for their final 2004 season.[3][4]

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 Byron Foss
28 United States GK Paul Nagy
2 United States DF Timothy O'Neill
3 United States DF Scott Schweitzer
4 United States DF Kupono Low
5 United States MF Ryan Mack
6 United States DF Jason Perry
7 United States MF Lars Lyssand
8 United States MF Tommy Tanner
9 England MF Matthew Barnes-Homer
10 Hungary FW Cjaba Kerekes
11 United States FW Anthony Maher
12 United States DF Mike Kirmse
12 United States DF David Lara
13 United States DF
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Temoc Suarez
15 United States MF Frank Sanfilippo
16 Jamaica FW Machel Millwood
16 MF Nuno Almeida
17 Romania DF Christian Neagu
17 Argentina FW Mauro Carabajal
18 England MF Ian Woan
19 United States MF Christopher Dore
20 MF Paul Buckley
22 Northern Ireland FW Jonny Steele
24 DF Chris Fehrle
25 Suriname DF Benito Kemble
25 Hungary FW Attila Vendegh
26 Brazil MF Rene Rivas



Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup Record Avg. Attendance
2003 USL A-League 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify 11–12–5 (W-L-D) 6,885
2004 USL A-League 3rd, Eastern Semifinals 3rd Round 15–8–5 6,387

2003 Player Stats[edit]

Player Goals Assists Points
Gabriel Valencia 10 1 21
Machel Millwood 6 2 14
Lars Lyssand 4 3 11
Rene Rivas 4 0 8
Mike Kirmse 3 2 8
Noah Delgado 1 5 7
Ryan Mack 2 2 6
Jack Jewsbury 2 0 4
Neil McNab 2 0 4
Tommy Tanner 2 0 4
Ryan Hall 1 2 4
Ian Woan 1 2 4
Adauto Neto 1 1 3
Isiais Bardales 1 0 2
Anthony Medina 0 2 2
Paul Nagy 0 1 1

2004 Player Stats[edit]

Player Goals Assists Points
Mauro Carabajal 9 1 19
Machel Millwood 6 4 16
Rene Rivas 6 2 14
Anthony Maher 6 1 13
Christoher Dore 3 6 12
Atilla Vendegh 3 3 9
Ian Woan 2 4 8
Lars Lyssand 3 1 7
Timothy O'Neil 1 2 4
Jonathon Steele 1 2 4
Matthew Barnes-Homer 1 0 2
Cjaba Kerekes 1 0 2
Christian Neagu 1 0 2
Cuauhtemoc Suarez 1 0 2
Kupono Low 0 1 1
Ryan Mack 0 1 1
Jason Perry 0 1 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Salty Dogs have big plans for home opener". CNY Business Journal. 2003-05-09. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Calloway Returns to Menace". 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
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  4. ^
  1. ^ Michael, Matthew: "It's a Deal: Pro Soccer", Post-Standard, 20 April 2006
  2. ^ Michael, Matthew: "What's next: Making a deal with Rochester's Raging Rhinos", Post-Standard, 20 April 2006

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