Cincinnati Silverbacks

The Cincinnati Silverbacks was an indoor soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio that competed in the National Professional Soccer League.

Full nameCincinnati Silverbacks
GroundThe Crown (US Bank Arena)
ChairmanRich Neumann
Head CoachGeorger Fernandez


They performed under the leadership of All-Star goalkeeper, Carlos Pena. Other star players included Gino DiFlorio (who scored a team record 10 points in his Silverback debut against rival Cleveland Crunch), Franklin McIntosh, Shawn Medved, and Dennis Brose. Games were held at the Cincinnati Gardens for their first two seasons before moving downtown along with the Cincinnati Cyclones where they would compete at The Crown (now known as US Bank Arena) for their final year of competition.[1]

Despite their performance and fan support, the Silverbacks were discontinued due to not generating revenue. The Detroit-based Nederlander Organization, which manages Riverbend and the Taft Theater in Cincinnati as well as the Crown, was a partner in Cincinnati Entertainment Associates Ltd., which owned the Crown, Cyclones and Silverbacks. Former President Rich Neumann said a contributing factor to the clubs demise was a lack of weekend home dates. Of the 20 home games played in an average season, the Silverbacks would need at least 15 to be on a Friday or Saturday night. In their final season, 13 games were played on Friday or Saturday. Roughly 75 percent of Silverbacks ticket sales come from groups, with less than 10 percent—believed to be around 100—season ticket holders.[2]

The team was previously known as the Dayton Dynamo, from 1987/88-1994/95.


Year GP W L % GB GF GA League Avg. Attendance Division PLAYOFFS
1995–96 40 14 26 .350 17 496 579 NPSL 3,759 5th, American DNQ
1996–97 40 21 19 .525 8 570 517 NPSL 3,173 2nd, American Central Conference Semifinals
1997–98 40 15 25 .375 13 563 604 NPSL 5,145 3rd, American Central Conference Quarterfinals

1995–96: The Inaugural Season


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 Mark Simpson
01 GK John Mers
1 GK Carlos Pena
2 DF Jeff Popp
3 FW Jason Maricle
5 FW Scott Lawler
5 DF Scott Cannon
7 DF Vince Beck
8 MF Chris King
9 FW Jimmy Glenn
10 DF Mike Gosselin
11 FW Dennis Brose
14 MF Chris Pfau
20 MF Doug Tegge
22 DF Willy Merrick
No. Position Player
25 MF Tony Bono
Jeff Alcala
Michael Araujo
FW Terry Brown
DF Chuck Codd
FW Dan Creech
FW George Fernandez
11 FW Jim Foley (soccer)
MF Lyndon Hooper
DF Paul McDonnell
DF Matt Kmosko
FW Bernie Lilavois
FW Shawn Medved
MF Steve Provan
Mark Thomas
MF Armando Valdivia


  1. Crossley, Andy. "1995–1998 Cincinnati Silverbacks". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. "Silverbacks may not return". Retrieved 2016-12-12.

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