Utica City FC

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Utica City FC
Utica FC logo.png
Full name Utica City FC
Nickname(s) UCFC
Founded 2010
Stadium Adirondack Bank Center
Owner Tommy Tanner
Head coach Ryan Hall
League Major Arena Soccer League
2018–19 2nd, Eastern Division
Playoffs: Lost Division Finals
Website Club website

Utica City FC is a professional indoor soccer team based in Utica, New York and play in the Major Arena Soccer League.

History[edit]

The team formed in 2010 as the Syracuse Silver Knights 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]

On June 13, 2018, the team announced that it had partnered with the Utica Comets of the AHL and would be moving to Utica as Utica City FC for the 2018-19 season.[6]

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Updated November 7, 2017[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 Andrew Coughlin
2 United States MF Ben Ramin
3 England DF Michael Lewis Cunningham
5 United States DF Domenico Vitale
7 United States FW Kevin Escobar
13 Serbia DF Bo Jelovac
21 Trinidad and Tobago DF Darren Toby
23 United States DF Logan Roberts
No. Position Player
27 United States FW Joey Tavernese
28 United States DF Jake Schindler
44 United States DF Liam Callahan
55 Jamaica MF Kenardo Forbes
80 United States MF Nathan Bourdeau
88 United States MF Patrick Thompson
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Slaviša Ubiparipović

Year-by-year[edit]

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
2016–17 MASL SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 4th Eastern Division, 8–12 Did not qualify 2,300
2017–18 MASL SyracuseSilverKnights.PNG 2nd Eastern Division, 13–9 Lost Division Finals 2,398
Total 50–50
Win % = .500%
4-10
Win % = .285%
3,176

Club Staff[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ John Berry. "Tommy Tanner will be head coach of Syracuse Silver Knights soccer team | syracuse.com". Blog.syracuse.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Glenn Graham (2014-04-14). "Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ http://www.maslsoccer.com/news/the-masl-is-coming-to-utica
  7. ^ "Syracuse Silver Knights roster". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 

External links[edit]

Template:Sports in Utica