VSI Tampa Bay FC

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VSI Tampa Bay FC
VSI Tampa Bay FC logo.jpeg
Full name VisionPro Sports Institute Tampa Bay Football Club
Nickname(s) Flames
Founded 2011
Dissolved 2013
Stadium Plant City Stadium
Plant City, Florida
Ground Capacity 6,700
General Manager Alex Miranda
Head Coach Joel Harrison
League USL Pro

VSI Tampa Bay FC was an American soccer team based in Plant City, Florida. They played in USL Pro, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid, in the 2013 season. VSI Tampa Bay FC were owned by VisionPro Sports Institute and were affiliated with a women's team in the W-League, an amateur team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), and a youth team in the Super-20 League.[1] All the teams folded in 2013.

History[edit]

In 2011, English soccer development academy VisionPro Sports Institute announced a venture to establish a soccer organization in the United Soccer Leagues in the United States. VSI partnered with the local Brandon, Florida area youth soccer organization, West Florida Flames, to build VSI Tampa Flames, "the perfect platform for vertical progression, giving talented youngsters the opportunity to progress from junior soccer all the way through to the professional game," according to VSI's CEO, Simon Crane.[1] The USL Pro team was to serve as the pinnacle of the youth pyramid for men; the club also included a women's team in the W-League, an amateur team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), and a youth team in the Super-20 League. The W-League, PDL, and Super-20 League teams started play in 2012, while the USL Pro team was to join in 2013. On November 22, 2012, the team changed its name to "VSI Tampa Bay FC" and named Matt Weston as the head coach.[2][3]

Their first game was played on March 30, 2013, losing to Phoenix FC 1-0.[4] They defeated the Los Angeles Blues 1-0 for their first win on April 2, 2013. Antonio Neto scored the first goal in team history.[5][6]

VSI Tampa Bay chose Plant City Stadium as their home venue on April 4, 2013, moving all the teams there.[7] Matt Weston resigned as Head Coach on May 8, 2013, and Joel Harrison was named as Interim Head Coach.[8]

While the W-League and PDL teams had been successful in 2012, the USL Pro team struggled throughout its only season. The remote stadium in Plant City made it difficult to attract fans, and the team suffered from competition from the more successful Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. The organization folded all of its teams after the 2013 season.[9]

Final roster[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Alex Horwath  United States
2 Defender Jamie McGuinness  England
3 Defender Bitielo Jean Jacques  Haiti
4 Midfielder Antonio Neto  Brazil
5 Defender Troy Cole  United States
6 Defender Kyle Hoffer  United States
7 Midfielder Douglas Dos Santos  Brazil
8 Defender Alex Freitas  Brazil
9 Forward Andriy Budnyi  Ukraine
10 Forward Karamba Janneh  Gambia
11 Midfielder Tony Donatelli  United States
12 Midfielder Christian Silva  United States
13 Midfielder Sébastien Thurière  Haiti
14 Defender Richard Dixon  Jamaica
15 Midfielder Darren Toby  Trinidad and Tobago
16 Midfielder Dominic Cutrofello  United States
17 Midfielder J. T. Noone  United States
18 Defender Sean Reynolds  United States
19 Goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton  United States
20 Midfielder Shawn Chin  United States
21 Midfielder Jarod Stigall  United States
22 Forward Sallieu Bundu  Sierra Leone
23 Forward Mauricio Salles  Brazil
24 Defender Josh Rife  United States
25 Midfielder Chad Burt  United States
26 Defender Cheyne Roberts  United States
00 Goalkeeper Dave Martin  United States

Staff[edit]

  • United States Joel Harrison - Head Coach
  • Trinidad and Tobago Sheldon Cipriani - Head Coach, PDL Team / First Team Assistant Coach
  • England Sam Mitchell - Head Coach, Super-20 League Team / First Team Assistant Coach
  • Ecuador Jorge Zavala - Goalkeeping Coach / First Team Assistant Coach
  • United States Mac McCarthy - Performance Coach
  • England John Mitchell - Head of Operations
  • United States Clay Roberts - Director of Soccer

Team Records[edit]

Year-by-Year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season (W-T-L) Playoffs Open Cup Avg. Attendance Top Scorer Goals
2013 3 USL 10th (9-5-12) Did not qualify 2nd Round 452 Mauricio Salles 10

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup
All time VSI Tampa Bay FC Coaching Stats
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Matt Weston  United States November 2012 May 2013 7 5 2 0 071.43
Joel Harrison  United States May 2013 August 2013 19 4 10 5 021.05

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VisionPro Academy Headed to Tampa". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 16, 2011. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Weston joins VSI Tampa Bay FC". VSI Tampa Bay FC. November 22, 2012. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "VSI Tampa Names Weston As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 21, 2012. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "VSI Falls in First Road Match". VSI Tampa Bay FC. March 31, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "VSI Captures First Franchise Win Over LA Blues". VSI Tampa Bay FC. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Sports Digest". tampabay.com. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "VSI Tampa Bay FC announces 2013 USL Stadium Venue". VSI Tampa Bay FC. April 4, 2013. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "VSI Tampa Bay Announces the Departure of Coach Weston". VSI Tampa Bay FC. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Domingo, Odeen (November 17, 2013). "USL PRO to see teams fold; MLS to field squads; new team partnership". odfcnews.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.

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