Asheville City SC

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Asheville City SC
Asheville City SC.png
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club
FoundedNovember 14, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-11-14)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachMick Giordano
LeagueUSL League Two
20193rd, Southeast Division (NPSL)
Playoffs: Conference Finals
WebsiteClub website

Asheville City SC is an American amateur soccer team based in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2016, the men's team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The women's team was founded in 2017 and plays in the Women's Premier Soccer League. The team colors are blue and white.

History[edit]

Asheville City SC was announced as a National Premier Soccer League expansion team on November 14, 2016. On the day of the announcement, the ownership group was announced: Chairman/CFO Jimmy Wheeler, President Ryan Kelley, General Manager Allen Bradley, Director of Revenue Management Jordan Vance, Director of Community Outreach Josh Yoakum, and Director of Communications Andrew Hunter. All members of the ownership group are Western North Carolina natives.[1]

The same day of the announcement City SC announced that Gary Hamel was going to serve as the club's head coach. Hamel served as the head coach of the nearby Mars Hill University's men's soccer program. Hamel additionally served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers men's soccer program.[2]

Asheville City SC also announced on its foundation date, that the club will play its home matches at Memorial Stadium in Downtown Asheville.[3]

On December 5, 2016 the club announced it would compete in the East division of the Southeast Conference. On May 6, 2017, Asheville City won its first ever match in NPSL play.[4]

On October 16, 2019 the club announced it would join USL League Two.[5]

Colors and badge[edit]

The crest was designed with four elements in minds in order to represent the city of Asheville, North Carolina. The colors in the crest a "blue haze" and white. The blue haze color represents the blue hazy seen in the nearby Smoky Mountains, while the color white is the color of all colors, alluding to the diversity of Asheville. The silhouette in the crest is of Asheville City Hall, which serves as a homage to the club's downtown location. The "AC" monogram in the logo is a reference to the sport of soccer's tradition in emblems over the last century. The "AC" stands for 'Asheville City' as well as used to recognize the city's love for the game.[6]

Stadium[edit]

Asheville City plays at Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville.

2019 Men's Roster[edit]

As of June 22, 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Lithuania GK Pijus Petkevicius
2 United States DF Will Mims
3 Republic of Ireland DF Dylan Burke
4 England DF Jamie Smith
5 Republic of Ireland DF Rory O'Keeffe
6 England MF Sam Bethell
7 United States FW Nick Adamczyk
8 England MF Chris Allan
9 England FW Frank Rosenwald
10 Brazil FW Bruno Andrade
11 Republic of Ireland MF Ross Fitzpatrick
12 United States DF Lukas Joyer
13 Ghana MF Paul Afful
No. Position Player
14 England MF Nathan Watt
15 Colombia MF Roberto Haddad
16 United States FW Izzy Garcia
17 Spain FW Pedro Benito
18 United States MF Joe LaCasto
20 United States FW Jake Woody
21 Spain MF Roberto Ortega Lopez
22 United States GK Shane Berson
24 England DF Oscar Mitchell
25 Norway FW Tobias Karlsen
26 Senegal FW Hady Sarr
28 United States MF Kyle McCurley
31 United States GK Jonny Mennell

2019 Women's Roster[edit]

Asheville City SC
Asheville City SC.png
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club (Women's Team)
FoundedNovember 2, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-11-02)[7]
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachStacey Enos
LeagueWPSL
20192nd, Conference Carolinas South
Playoffs: Conference Finals
WebsiteClub website
As of June 7, 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Bryson Lee
1 United States GK Hannah Leonard
2 United States FW Chloe McCleary-Small
3 United States DF Krystal Goss
4 United States FW Laura Greb
5 England DF Octavia Saunders
6 United States FW Molly Dwyer
7 United States MF Camryn Bolick
8 England FW Abbie Brown
9 United States MF Lydia Jackson
10 United States FW Megan McCallister
11 United States MF Charlotte McClure
12 Costa Rica FW Emilie Valenciano
13 Ghana FW Jennifer Cudjoe
14 United States DF Olivia Lenderman
No. Position Player
15 United States MF Miya Poplin
16 United States FW Hope Ingram
17 United States MF Sarah Jacobs
18 United States MF Gillian Oyos
19 United States MF Sarah Groce
20 United States FW Bianca Canizio
21 United States DF Mariah Powers
22 United States MF Parker Roberts
23 Norway FW Lisa-Marie Woods
24 Northern Ireland MF Hannah Doherty
25 United States MF Maya Gutman
26 Brazil FW Alessandra Tavolini
27 United States DF Sarah Karlik
28 England DF Louise Griffiths
29 United States GK Lauren McAdam

Rivalries[edit]

Asheville City competes with Chattanooga FC for the "Blue Ridge Derby". Asheville City also competes in the "Carolina Clasico" with Greenville FC.

Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman/CFO United States Jimmy Wheeler
President United States Ryan Kelley
General Manager United States Allen Bradley
Director of Revenue Management United States Jordan Vance
Director of Community Outreach United States Josh Yoakum
Director of Communications United States Andrew Hunter
Head Coach United States Mick Giordano
Assistant Coach United States Matt Tellez
Assistant Coach United States Jonny Wangrin
Goalkeeper Coach United States Ronnie Hreha

Last updated: July 6, 2017
Source: Asheville City SC

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Premier Soccer League Communications (November 14, 2016). "Asheville City Soccer Club joins the NPSL". NPSL.com. Archived from the original (Web) on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Men's Soccer Coaching Staff - Gary Hamel". Mars Hill Lions. MHU Athletics. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Scavuzzo, Dianne. "NPSL Welcomes Asheville City SC as Latest Expansion Club". Goal Nation. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "NPSL Game Report". NPSL. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "USL League Two Welcomes Asheville City SC". USL League Two. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "About - The Crest". Asheville City Soccer Club. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Three Bulldogs Join Inaugural Asheville City Soccer Club for 2018 Season. uncabulldogs.com. Retrieved Feb 7, 2020.