Sioux Falls Thunder FC

Sioux Falls Thunder FC is a men's soccer club based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[2] The club currently competes in the National Premier Soccer League in the North Conference, having joined the league as an expansion team in 2016.[3] The team's colors are red and black.

Sioux Falls Thunder FC
Full nameSioux Falls Thunder FC
FoundedNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04) [1]
StadiumUSF Soccer Field, McEneaney Field, Yankton Trail Park
FounderAmadu Myers
Head CoachPaul Bennett
WebsiteClub website



The club was founded by Amadu Meyers in 2016, coinciding with the announcement that it would be joining NPSL as an expansion team for the 2017 season.[4] The club played their inaugural match on May 13, 2017 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls against the Dakota Fusion FC. The first goal scored in team history came in the 6th minute when Houston Hoffman connected on a penalty kick. The Thunder would end up losing the match 3-1. The Thunder got their first win on May 30, 2017 against LC Aris FC by a score of 3-0. On March 1, 2018 the club announced that Mekonnen Afa would become the third head coach in franchise history.[5] The Thunder would start the 2018 season strong by taking 4 points in the first 2 games. But after that they would struggle and lose 9 straight games. The Thunder would finally get on the winning side of things by winning 5-2 against Dakota Fusion FC. They would carry that momentum and they would eventually win their next two games to finish the season with a total of 4 wins. After the regular season concluded Nigel Nielsen, Thunder midfielder, was named to the North Conference XI team.[6]

Season-by-Season Record

Year NPSL Regular season Position Postseason
P W L T GF GA Pts Div. Conf. Leag. NPSL USOC
2017 14374223113 7th 19th 72nd Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2018 14491253313 7th 18th 73rd Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2019 1228215268 5th 15th 70th Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify

All-Time Top Goalscorers

Leading Career Goal Scorers
# Name Career Total
1 Brice Holiday 2017- 8
T2 Michael Haight 2017-18 5
T2 Manny Rosas Quiroz 2018 5
T2 Lucas Trimble 2019- 5
T5 Archie Maoh 2017- 4
T5 Nigel Nielsen 2018- 4

Bold Signifies a Current Thunder Player


Current Roster

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 Dennis Thurman
5 DF Bigirimana Omari
6 MF Jared Jochum
7 MF Amadu Myers
9 FW Brice Holiday (Captain)
10 MF Nigel Nielsen
11 FW Archie Maoh
12 DF Jorge Lopez
14 MF Anttenh Zia
16 DF Juan Pablo Jochems
17 MF Natinael Ayalew
23 DF Pedro Tostes
24 MF Eric Beltran
31 GK Mynor Enriquez
No. Position Player
-- DF Stephen Ayodele
-- MF Mario Cernas
-- MF Alejandro Gota
-- MF Brennan Haggerty
-- MF Rafael Laske
-- MF Juan Martinez
-- FW Jean Marc Mpemba
-- MF Rodrigo Oliveira
-- MF Carter Schweitzer
-- GK Lucca Shimanuki
-- FW Stevenson Storm


As of May 3, 2019[7]
Coaching staff
Head Coach Paul Bennett
Referee Liaison Luke Archor
Player Manager Sarah VanOverbeke


  1. "Thunder FC Front Office". Sioux Falls Thunder FC. Retrieved May 7, 2016.

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