VSI Tampa Bay FC (PDL)

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VSI Tampa Bay FC (PDL)
VSI Tampa Flames Logo.gif
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 United States Alex Miranda
Head Coach Trinidad and Tobago Sheldon Cipriani [1]
League USL Premier Development League
2013 4th, Southeast Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page

VSI Tampa Bay FC was an American soccer team based in Plant City, Florida that played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, from 2012 to 2013. The team was owned by VisionPro Sports Institute and was affiliated with the VSI Tampa Bay FC professional men's team in the USL Pro, the VSI Tampa Bay FC women's team in the W-League, and the youth team in the Super-20 League.[2] All the teams were disbanded in 2013.


The VSI Tampa Flames were established in 2011 as part of a broader move by the English football development academy, VisionPro Sports Institute, to build a foundation for youth and professional soccer in the United States. VSI partnered with the local Brandon, Florida area youth soccer organization, West Florida Flames, to build "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.[2]

The USL PDL Team started play in 2012. The PDL Team finished with a record of 7 Wins, 5 Losses and 4 Ties. The team played their matches at JC Handly Sports Complex.[3] In 2013, the team played their home matches at Plant City Stadium.

On November 22, 2012, the team's parent club changed its name to "VSI Tampa Bay FC" and the PDL Team followed suit. The team folded after the 2013 season.

Players and Staff[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

As of July 15, 2013 [4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Steven Bush
1 United States GK Eric Osswald
2 United States MF Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler
3 Canada MF Berian Gobeil Cruz
5 United States MF Raul Garcia
6 United States MF Christian Blandon
7 United States MF Glen Long
29 Nigeria DF Kennedy Ihenacho
9 England DF Jamie McGuinness
10 Brazil FW Carlos Magno Tenorio de Araujo
12 United States MF Eusebio Montoya
13 United States DF Jonathan Koshko
14 England MF Kyle Nicholls
No. Position Player
15 United States MF Sebastien Thuriere
16 United States DF Deion Jones
17 Scotland FW Kenneth Hogg
18 England DF Matthew Duffy
19 United States MF Ryan Asare-Bediako
20 United States DF Nathan Diehl
21 United States MF Shane Wixted
22 United States DF Ben Sweat
23 United States DF Michael Panter
24 United States MF Josh Garbee
26 United States DF Wayne Cameron "Cam" Roberts
00 Antigua and Barbuda GK Brentton Muhammad


  • United States John Mitchell – Head of Operations
  • United States Alex Miranda – General Manager
  • Trinidad and Tobago Sheldon Cipriani – Head Coach
  • England Sam Mitchell – Assistant Coach



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
2012 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Division Did not qualify Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Division Did not qualify Did not qualify


  1. ^ "VSI Welcomes new PDL Head Coach Sheldon Cipriani". VSL Tampa Bay FC. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "VisionPro Academy Headed to Tampa". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 16, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "VSL Tampa Flames PDL Page". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2012/42834743.html#ROSTER