Syracuse Silver Knights

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Syracuse Silver Knights
Full name Syracuse Silver Knights
Nickname(s) Silver Knights
Founded 2010
Stadium War Memorial Arena at Oncenter
Ground Capacity 5,194 for indoor soccer
Owner Tommy Tanner
Head coach Bryan O'Quinn
League Major Arena Soccer League
2015–16 2nd, Eastern Division
Playoffs: Division final
Website Club home page
Current season

The Syracuse Silver Knights are a professional indoor soccer team based in Syracuse, New York and play in the Major Arena Soccer League.


Having formed in 2010 with the intention of playing in the new I-League (a United Soccer Leagues league set to begin play in 2011), the team moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League when the two leagues merged. The team was rumored to be named the Syracuse Scorpions and revive the name of an old American Soccer League team. However, the name Silver Knights was announced at the team's inaugural press conference.[1] The club is coached by former Silver Knights goalkeeper, Bryan O'Quinn, who replaced club President, Team Owner and Syracuse native Tommy Tanner for the 2016-17 season.[2] The club has signed former Syracuse Salty Dogs player Ryan Hall, among others. The team announced the signing of former Major League Soccer star Diego Serna on October 11, 2011.[3]

The Syracuse Silver Knights' first season of play began in 2011–12, when they joined the MISL as an expansion franchise. For their inaugural season, the Silver Knights played their home games at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in downtown Syracuse.

The team finished third in the Eastern Division in 2012, having been eliminated from playoff contention when the Rochester Lancers beat the Wichita Wings on February 23, 2012.[4]

In 2013, the Silver Knight foundation was launched to help benefit kids in tough economic and social situations. The foundation hosts events throughout the year which helps raise money for these children. Many Silver Knights players, including reserve and U19 players, volunteer their time to help partake in the events.

After the 2013-2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the PASL, which was subsequently renamed the MASL[5]


Current Roster[edit]

Updated December 20, 2016[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 Mexico GK Enrique Orozco
1 United States GK Andrew Coughlin
2 United States MF Ben Ramin
3 United States MF Antonio Manfut
5 United States DF Domenico Vitale
7 Mexico MF Diego Rodriguez
8 United States MF Stefanos Stamoulacatos
9 United States DF Vittorio Petrera
10 United States FW Moises Gonzalez
11 Liberia FW Jerjer Q. Gibson
No. Position Player
13 Croatia DF Bo Jelovac
19 Brazil DF Luiz Mota
21 Trinidad and Tobago DF Darren Toby
27 United States FW Joey Tavernese
28 United States DF Jake Schindler
31 United States DF Zachary MacNabb
55 Jamaica MF Kenardo Forbes
80 United States MF Nathan Bourdeau
88 United States MF Patrick Thompson
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Slaviša Ubiparipović

Syracuse Silver Knights U19/Academy[edit]

The Silver Knights also have a U19/Academy team. Local youth team CNY United was granted rights to use the name "Syracuse Silver Knights U19" by Head Coach Tommy Tanner in 2013. They are coached by Silver Knights assistant coach Joe Papaleo and Silver Knights first team player LJ Papaleo. The players often help with fundraising and charity events along with the First Team players and staff[citation needed]

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
2 United States DF Parker Johnston
3 United States FW Aaron Zehr
4 United States DF Ralph Romano
7 United States FW Matt Stedman (3rd captain)
8 United States MF Thomas Daviau
9 United States DF Jack Goodfellow (4th captain)
10 United States MF Bennett Coughlin (captain)
11 United States DF Ryan Croucher
12 United States MF Steve Castellini
13 United States DF Vinnie Gomes
No. Position Player
15 Sudan MF Nai Mayen
16 United States GK Paul Daniels (vice-captain)
18 United States DF Kyle Chapman
19 United States MF Augustus Bonacci
21 United States MF Jared Saya
25 United States DF James McGlynn
33 United States MF Thomas Reith
34 United States FW Eric Goodwin
37 United States MF Brandon Horton
99 United States GK Jimmy Brady

Academy Reserve Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
RES United States MF Nate Sturgeon
RES United States MF Alex Mirra
RES United States DF Zack Gregg


Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance Average
2011–12 MISL III SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 3rd Eastern Division, 9-15 Did Not Qualify 2,950
2012–13 MISL III SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 6th MISL, 8-18 Did Not Qualify 3,401
2013–14 MISL III SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 4th MISL, 12-8 Lost Semi-Finals 2,689
2014–15 MASL SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 2nd Eastern Division, 12-8 Lost in Division Semi-Finals 3,082
2015–16 MASL SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 2nd Eastern Division, 11-9 Lost in Division Finals 2,082
Total 50-50
Win % = .500%
Win % = N/A

Club Staff[edit]

  • United States Head Coach: Bryan O'Quinn
  • United States Ast. Coach: Ryan Hall
  • United States General Manager: Tommy Tanner
  • United States Director of Communications/Assistant General Manager: Allen Czelusniak
  • United States Group Ticket Sales Manager: Tyler Young
  • United States Statistician: Don Johnston
  • United States Vice President of Sales and Marketing: Allen LaVenture
  • United States Silver Knight Foundation Director: Rick Sauter


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ John Berry. "Tommy Tanner will be head coach of Syracuse Silver Knights soccer team |". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ [3][dead link]
  5. ^ Glenn Graham (2014-04-14). "Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Syracuse Silver Knights roster". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 2016-20-12.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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