Ohio Vortex

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.[1]

Ohio Vortex
GroundCanton Civic Center
Canton, Ohio
Executive DirectorJodi Wayble
Head CoachDenzil Antonio
LeagueProfessional Arena Soccer League

The Ohio Vortex ended their inaugural season 8-8. The club was coached by Canton Invaders legend Denzil Antonio.[1] The team shut down after the 2012–13 season.


YearLeagueRecordGSGAFinishPlayoffsAvg. Attendance
2009–10PASL-Pro8-81201363rd EasternDid Not Qualify517
2010–11PASL-Pro2-14821194th EasternDid Not Qualify492
2011–12PASL4-121001456th EasternDid Not Qualify418
2012–13PASL1-15401695th EasternDid Not Qualify210


The Ohio Vortex could have continued the tradition that its predecessor had by calling themselves the Canton Invaders.[2] 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.[3]

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.[1] On October 26, 2012, the team announced it was moving to Oberlin, Ohio and play their home games at the Gameday Sports Center.[4] 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.



Current roster

As of February 11, 2012 vs. Cincinnati Kings [5]

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 Richard Ott
2 FW Ben Truax
6 MF Max Hiltner
9 DF Jared Dombrowski
10 FW Ryan McClay
12 MF Judson McKinney
15 MF Nate Yates
17 MF Stefan Ostergren
18 DF Matt Dagilis
19 DF Ronnie Stolz
21 MF Steve Gillespie
22 DF Chad Flath
No. Position Player
23 DF David Hickey
25 MF Mike Balogun
33 FW Andy Lorei
37 MF Jordan Zapotechne
43 GK Michael Mason
77 FW Bryan Henson
88 MF John Zapotechne
99 DF Ross Ashley
79 DF Nick Wooten
81 DF Justin Blackburn
84 DF Ryan Gregg
87 DF Vincent Raines



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.[7]



  1. Popvich, Mike (November 12, 2009). "Ohio Vortex will follow an unusual business model". The Repository. Canton, OH. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  2. Popovich, Mike (November 12, 2009). "Vortex owner wanted a unique name". The Repository. Canton, OH. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012.
  3. Sautters, Denise (January 9, 2010). "Fans get a kick out of Canton's new Vortex indoor soccer team". The Repository. Canton, OH.
  4. Liese, Cindy (October 27, 2012). "Ohio Vortex to play at complex in Oberlin". The Chronicle-Telegram. Elyria, OH. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. "The Vortex Insider". International Soccer Network. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  6. https://www.internationalsoccernetwork.com/VortexRoster.html
  7. "Charity Partners Announced for the Ohio Vortex". Our Sports Central. September 30, 2010.
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