Chicago Soul FC

The Chicago Soul was a professional indoor soccer team that played in the Major Indoor Soccer League. The Soul joined the MISL as an expansion team named the Chicago Kick in 2011, replacing the defunct Chicago Riot. As of September 2013, the club was no longer listed as a MISL team.[1]

Chicago Soul
Full nameChicago Soul FC
Founded2011
Dissolved2013
GroundSears Centre
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Capacity8,362
ChairmanDavid Mokry
CoachNovi Marojević
LeagueMajor Indoor Soccer League
2012–134th MISL

History

On September 27, 2011, the MISL announced that the Chicago Kick had failed to secure a suitable venue in time and would not play for the 2011–12 season. The Kick would try to join the league for the 2012–13 season.[2][3]

On March 11, 2012, the team announced that they secured the Sears Centre as their home venue for the 2012–13 MISL season.[4][5]

On June 22, 2012, the MISL awarded the Kick franchise to CEO/Owner Dave Mokry.[6]

On July 6, 2012, the team was renamed the Chicago Soul and Narciso “Chicho” Cuevas was hired as head coach.[7]

On September 25, 2012, Cuevas resigned as head coach before the season started, citing family reasons. He was replaced by former Chicago Power player/coach Manny Rojas.[8][9]

The Soul won their first MISL game on November 2, 2012, defeating the Syracuse Silver Knights 13–8.[10]

On December 11, 2012, Manny Rojas was fired as head coach after a 2–7 start. He was replaced with Novi Marojević.[11]

Year-by-year

Year League Logo Reg. Season Playoffs Attendance Average
2012–13 MISL III 4th MISL, 11–15 Semifinals 1,565
Total 11–15
Win % = .423%
0–2
Win % = .000
1,565

Players

Current roster

As of November 2, 2012 [12] 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 Nathaniel Sprenkel
2 DF Sean Summerville
3 DF William Kletzien
4 DF Chris Brisson
5 MF Ephraim Beard
7 FW Judson McKinney
8 FW Bato Radoncic
10 FW Carlos “Chile” Farias
11 MF Matthew Stewart
No. Position Player
13 FW Carlos Graham
14 DF Tijani Ayegbusi
16 DF Roberto Gallo
18 FW Carlos Muñoz
20 MF Marco Sullo
22 FW Christian Meza
23 GK Jeffrey Richey
33 DF Aaron Nichols
77 FW Alexander Megson

Veteran Chicago Sting Play By Play Broadcaster Howard Balson was named to the same post with the Soul. The Public Address Announcer for Soul Home Games at Sears Centre was Les Grobstein, who was replaced by Brett Myhres midway through the season.

References

  1. "MISL Teams 2013–14". United Soccer Leagues. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "MISL drops Chicago team" Accessed 28 September 2011
  3. MISL Announces Schedule Revisions Archived April 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Sears Centre negotiating to host new soccer team
  5. Chicago Kick soccer coming to Sears Centre
  6. Chicago Franchise Set For 2012–13 Archived June 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Chicago Appoints Cuevas As Coach Archived July 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Rojas Named Soul's Coach". MISL. September 25, 2012. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  9. "Soul Names New Inaugural Head Coach In Rojas". Soccer Scene USA. September 25, 2012. Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  10. "Soul Claim Inaugural Victory". MISL. November 2, 2012. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  11. "Novi Marojević Named New Head Coach". Chicago Soul FC. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-11-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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