Stumptown Athletic

Stumptown Athletic is an American professional soccer team that plays in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). The club is based out of Matthews, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte.

Stumptown Athletic
StadiumCSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex
Sportsplex at Matthews
PresidentCasey Carr
CoachMark Steffens
LeagueNational Independent Soccer Association
WebsiteClub website


The club's name comes from an early nickname for Matthews derived from the fact that farmers cut down so many trees to clear land that the town was left full of tree stumps. [1]

For a time, little was known about the club, and it was referred to in league press releases simply as "Charlotte". [2] The club's name was officially unveiled in June 2019 [3]. The team is owned by Christopher Clarke of Atlanta, a lawyer specializing in wealth management, and Casey Carr, a former college soccer player with the DePaul Blue Demons and an entrepreneur based out of Mecklenburg County. [4] Carr serves as the club's president and GM.

On July 21, 2019 the club appointed Mark Steffens as head coach. Steffens previously coached the Charlotte Eagles and served as an assistant for the Charlotte Lady Eagles. [5]


For the 2019 NISA Fall Showcase the team will split time between the CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex in Pineville and the Sportsplex at Matthews. [6] Club management views the Sportsplex at Matthews as the team's long-term home. [7]

Players and staff

Current roster

As of September 11, 2019[8]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ian McGrane  United States
2 Defender Richardo Israel  Jamaica
3 Midfielder Joao Silva  Brazil
4 Defender Sergio Campbell  Jamaica
5 Defender Gabriel Silva  Brazil
6 Midfielder Jared Odenbeck  United States
7 Midfielder Tate Robertson  United States
8 Midfielder Michael Binns  Jamaica
9 Forward Donald Benamna  Central African Republic
10 Forward Anthony Grant  Jamaica
11 Midfielder Jalen Brown  United States
12 Midfielder Drew Yates  United States
13 Defender Giovani Bejarano  Colombia
14 Midfielder Josue España  United States
15 Midfielder Nick West  United States
16 Forward Lamin Suma  Sierra Leone
17 Midfielder Jake Rufe  United States
18 Forward Timur Zhividze  Russia
19 Midfielder Diego Silva  United States
23 Defender Marcel Berry  United States
33 Goalkeeper Vincent Tasca  United States


  1. "Our History - Matthews NC".
  2. "New Professional Soccer Club to Call Charlotte Home".
  3. Athletic, Stumptown (June 19, 2019). "Are you ready? Sign up for news alerts!". External link in |title= (help)
  4. Boraks, David. "New Pro Soccer Team Stumptown Athletic Debuts This Fall".
  5. "Steffens to lead Stumptown Athletic". South Charlotte Weekly. July 26, 2019.
  6. "NISA Showcase | National Independent Soccer Association".
  7. "FAQ - Stumptown Athletic". External link in |website= (help)
  8. "First Team". Retrieved September 22, 2019.

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