Utica City FC
The team's logo, as of the 2018-19 season
|Full name||Utica City FC|
|Founded||2010 (as the Syracuse Silver Knights)|
|Stadium||Adirondack Bank Center|
|Owner||Tommy Tanner & Robert Esche|
|League||Major Arena Soccer League|
|2018–19||1st, Eastern Division|
Playoffs: Division Final
The team formed in 2010 as the Syracuse Silver Knights with the intention of playing in the new I-League (a United Soccer Leagues league set to begin play in 2011), but the team moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League when the two leagues merged. The team was rumored to be named the Syracuse Scorpions and revive the name of an old American Soccer League team. However, the name Silver Knights was announced at the team's inaugural press conference. The club is coached by former Silver Knights player, Ryan Hall, who replaced goalkeeper Bryan O'Quinn, who replaced club President, Team Owner and Syracuse native Tommy Tanner for the 2016–17 season. The club has signed former Syracuse Salty Dogs player Ryan Hall, among others. The team announced the signing of former Major League Soccer star Diego Serna on October 11, 2011.
The Syracuse Silver Knights' first season of play began in 2011–12, when they joined the MISL as an expansion franchise. For their inaugural season, the Silver Knights played their home games at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in downtown Syracuse.
The team finished third in the Eastern Division in 2012, having been eliminated from playoff contention when the Rochester Lancers beat the Wichita Wings on February 23, 2012.
In 2013, the Silver Knight foundation was launched to help benefit kids in tough economic and social situations. The foundation hosts events throughout the year which helps raise money for these children. Many Silver Knights players, including reserve and U19 players, volunteer their time to help partake in the events.
On June 13, 2018, the team announced that it had partnered with the Utica Comets of the AHL and would be moving to Utica as Utica City FC for the 2018-19 season.
Updated November 27th, 2019 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Year||League||Reg. Season||Playoffs||Attendance Average|
|2011–12||MISL III||3rd Eastern Division, 9–15||Did Not Qualify||2,950/6,159|
|2012–13||MISL III||6th MISL, 8–18||Did Not Qualify||3,401/6,159|
|2013–14||MISL III||4th MISL, 12–8||Lost Semi-Finals||2,689/6,159|
|2014–15||MASL||2nd Eastern Division, 12–8||Lost in Division Semi-Finals||3,082/6,159|
|2015–16||MASL||2nd Eastern Division, 11–9||Lost in Division Finals||2,082/6,159|
|2016–17||MASL||4th Eastern Division, 8–12||Did not qualify||2,300/6,159|
|2017–18||MASL||2nd Eastern Division, 13–9||Lost Division Finals||2,398/6,159|
|2018-19||MASL||1st Eastern Division, 17-7||Lost Division Finals||3,414/3,860|
Win % = .519%
Win % = .294%
- President: Robert Esche
- Vice President: Adam Pawlick
- CFO: Michael Potrzeba
- Executive Administrator: Luann Horton-Murad
- General Manager: Tommy Tanner
- VP Corporate Sponsors: Alicia Leone-Desarro
- Director of Ticket Sales: David Sietsma
- Senior Account Executive: Evan Annese
- Account Executive: Kevin Hennig
- Account Executive: Mercella Costello
- Account Executive: Katie Elsenbeck
- VP Communications: Lindsay Mogle
- Broadcast/Media & Brand Manager: Richard Shaw
- Social Media Manager: Nick Mecca
- VP Marketing: Cecelie Pikus
- VP Creative Services: Eric Kowiatek
- Director Game Operations: Chuck Obernesser
- Head Coach: Ryan Hall
|Period||Supplier||Home shirt sponsor||Away shirt sponsor||Third shirt sponsor|
|2018-||OT Sports||Bank of Utica||Empire Recycling Corporation||Merrill Lynch|
|Teams||Utica City FC|
|First meeting||Utica City FC 5-2 Baltimore Blast|
December 2, 2018
|Most wins||Tied (3 games each)|
|Top scorer||Slavisa Ubiparipovic (42 points)|
Utica City FC's main rival is the Baltimore Blast. It existed in their days as the Syracuse Silver Knights and has extended to the newly formed Utica City FC franchise. Both teams have won five games in the series since their first meeting on December 2nd, 2018, a 4-2 win for Utica City. The Rochester Lancers (MASL) are also considered a rival of Utica City FC. Rochester is two hours away from Utica and are Utica's closest opponent by proximity. The first matchup of this rivalry took place on November 29th, 2019, with Utica City defeating Rochester by a 9-1 score.
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- Glenn Graham (2014-04-14). "Baltimore Blast joining with other teams to form new indoor soccer league". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
- "Utica City FC roster". Major Arena Soccer League. Retrieved 2019-10-20.