Asheville City SC

Asheville City SC is an American amateur soccer team based in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2016, the men's team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The women's team was founded in 2017 and plays in the Women's Premier Soccer League. The team colors are blue and white.

Asheville City SC
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club
FoundedNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachMick Giordano
LeagueUSL League Two
20193rd, Southeast Division (NPSL)
Playoffs: Conference Finals
WebsiteClub website

History

Asheville City SC was announced as a National Premier Soccer League expansion team on November 14, 2016. On the day of the announcement, the ownership group was announced: Chairman/CFO Jimmy Wheeler, President Ryan Kelley, General Manager Allen Bradley, Director of Revenue Management Jordan Vance, Director of Community Outreach Josh Yoakum, and Director of Communications Andrew Hunter. All members of the ownership group are Western North Carolina natives.[1]

The same day of the announcement City SC announced that Gary Hamel was going to serve as the club's head coach. Hamel served as the head coach of the nearby Mars Hill University's men's soccer program. Hamel additionally served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers men's soccer program.[2]

Asheville City SC also announced on its foundation date, that the club will play its home matches at Memorial Stadium in Downtown Asheville.[3]

On December 5, 2016 the club announced it would compete in the East division of the Southeast Conference. On May 6, 2017, Asheville City won its first ever match in NPSL play.[4]

On October 16, 2019 the club announced it would join USL League Two.[5]

Colors and badge

The crest was designed with four elements in minds in order to represent the city of Asheville, North Carolina. The colors in the crest a "blue haze" and white. The blue haze color represents the blue hazy seen in the nearby Smoky Mountains, while the color white is the color of all colors, alluding to the diversity of Asheville. The silhouette in the crest is of Asheville City Hall, which serves as a homage to the club's downtown location. The "AC" monogram in the logo is a reference to the sport of soccer's tradition in emblems over the last century. The "AC" stands for 'Asheville City' as well as used to recognize the city's love for the game.[6]

Stadium

Asheville City plays at Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville.

2019 Men's Roster

As of June 22, 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Pijus Petkevicius
2 DF Will Mims
3 DF Dylan Burke
4 DF Jamie Smith
5 DF Rory O'Keeffe
6 MF Sam Bethell
7 FW Nick Adamczyk
8 MF Chris Allan
9 FW Frank Rosenwald
10 FW Bruno Andrade
11 MF Ross Fitzpatrick
12 DF Lukas Joyer
13 MF Paul Afful
No. Position Player
14 MF Nathan Watt
15 MF Roberto Haddad
16 FW Izzy Garcia
17 FW Pedro Benito
18 MF Joe LaCasto
20 FW Jake Woody
21 MF Roberto Ortega Lopez
22 GK Shane Berson
24 DF Oscar Mitchell
25 FW Tobias Karlsen
26 FW Hady Sarr
28 MF Kyle McCurley
31 GK Jonny Mennell
Asheville City SC
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club
FoundedNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachStacey Enos
LeagueWPSL
20192nd, Conference Carolinas South
Playoffs: Conference Finals
WebsiteClub website

2019 Women's Roster

As of June 7, 2019

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

No. Position Player
0 GK Bryson Lee
1 GK Hannah Leonard
2 FW Chloe McCleary-Small
3 DF Krystal Goss
4 FW Laura Greb
5 DF Octavia Saunders
6 FW Molly Dwyer
7 MF Camryn Bolick
8 FW Abbie Brown
9 MF Lydia Jackson
10 FW Megan McCallister
11 MF Charlotte McClure
12 FW Emilie Valenciano
13 FW Jennifer Cudjoe
14 DF Olivia Lenderman
No. Position Player
15 MF Miya Poplin
16 FW Hope Ingram
17 MF Sarah Jacobs
18 MF Gillian Oyos
19 MF Sarah Groce
20 FW Bianca Canizio
21 DF Mariah Powers
22 MF Parker Roberts
23 FW Lisa-Marie Woods
24 MF Hannah Doherty
25 MF Maya Gutman
26 FW Alessandra Tavolini
27 DF Sarah Karlik
28 DF Louise Griffiths
29 GK Lauren McAdam

Rivalries

Asheville City competes with Chattanooga FC for the "Blue Ridge Derby". Asheville City also competes in the "Carolina Clasico" with Greenville FC.

Staff

Position Staff
Chairman/CFO Jimmy Wheeler
President Ryan Kelley
General Manager Allen Bradley
Director of Revenue Management Jordan Vance
Director of Community Outreach Josh Yoakum
Director of Communications Andrew Hunter
Head Coach Mick Giordano
Assistant Coach Matt Tellez
Assistant Coach Jonny Wangrin
Goalkeeper Coach Ronnie Hreha

Last updated: July 6, 2017
Source: Asheville City SC

References

  1. National Premier Soccer League Communications (November 14, 2016). "Asheville City Soccer Club joins the NPSL". NPSL.com. Archived from the original (Web) on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  2. "Men's Soccer Coaching Staff - Gary Hamel". Mars Hill Lions. MHU Athletics. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  3. Scavuzzo, Dianne. "NPSL Welcomes Asheville City SC as Latest Expansion Club". Goal Nation. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  4. "NPSL Game Report". NPSL. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  5. "USL League Two Welcomes Asheville City SC". USL League Two. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. "About - The Crest". Asheville City Soccer Club. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.


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