Ohio Vortex was an American professional indoor soccer team based in Canton, Ohio. They joined the Professional Arena Soccer League in 2009. The Ohio Vortex was a non-profit organization that donates a portion of their revenue to local charities. The team was founded by former Canton Invaders player Nick Bogdan.
|Ground||Canton Civic Center |
|Executive Director||Jodi Wayble|
|Head Coach||Denzil Antonio|
|League||Professional Arena Soccer League|
|2009–10||PASL-Pro||8-8||120||136||3rd Eastern||Did Not Qualify||517|
|2010–11||PASL-Pro||2-14||82||119||4th Eastern||Did Not Qualify||492|
|2011–12||PASL||4-12||100||145||6th Eastern||Did Not Qualify||418|
|2012–13||PASL||1-15||40||169||5th Eastern||Did Not Qualify||210|
The Ohio Vortex could have continued the tradition that its predecessor had by calling themselves the Canton Invaders. However, founder Nick Bogdan wanted a unique name and not one that has been recycled by other sports teams. The team got its Vortex name as a result of the charity work that it does. He called the team the Vortex because the team plays for a variety of charities that pull people in from all over the state to help support the causes.
The Vortex began play in the 2009–10 season at the Cleveland Metroplex Events Center in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, before settling into the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. On October 26, 2012, the team announced it was moving to Oberlin, Ohio and play their home games at the Gameday Sports Center. The team then relocated to the Pinnacle Sports Complex in Medina, Ohio, after the first two home games. The team folded after the 2012–13 season.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold to a Vortex game will be given to diverse local non-profit organizations that work for the greater good. At the end of their inaugural season, approximately $10,000 was given to charities in Northeast Ohio.
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- Ohio Vortex official website
- Ohio Vortex on Facebook
- Professional Arena Soccer League official website