FC Columbus

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FC Columbus
FC Columbus Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Columbus
Nickname(s)The Saints
FoundedFebruary 8, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-02-08)
StadiumPanther Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
OwnerMaziya Chete
Head CoachMaziya Chete & Seymour Alleyne
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website
Alternate colors
Current season

FC Columbus is a semi-professional American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The team is a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and currently plays its home matches at Panther Stadium at Ohio Dominican University and The Wellington School.


Initially founded in 1995 as the Santos Futbol Club of Columbus, a youth training academy, the team was announced on January 12, 2018 as a member of the NPSL ahead of the 2018 season.[1][2] Maziya Chete, the team's owner and founder of Santos FC, was named the team's first associate head coach with Seymour Alleyne also taking an associate role.[3]

During the first match of the against the Milwaukee Torrent on May 13, 2018, the local supporters affectionately nicknamed the club "The Saints" in honor of the link between the youth club TVSA Santos FC and FC Columbus. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with Damani Camara scoring the team's first goal in the 5th minute before scoring another in the 44th.[4]

Despite not playing in the same conference, Columbus has a rivalry with fellow Ohio-based team Cleveland SC which also joined the NPSL in 2018.[5] The two teams play yearly in early season friendlies, affectionately called the "CheeseBarn Derby" after the famous Grandpa's Cheesebarn & Sweeties Chocolates located between the two cities in Ashland, Ohio.[6][7] As of 2020 both teams currently hold a win, each earning a 3-2 victory in 2018, and a draw (2019) with neither actually taking the advantage in the rivalry.


Year League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2018 NPSL 3rd, Great Lakes Conference Did not qualify Ineligible
2019 NPSL 5th, Great Lakes Conference Did not qualify Did not qualify

Current Players[edit]


No. Position Player Nation
Forward Mamadou Ba  Senegal
Forward Michael Chilton  United States
Forward Oscar Murcia  Colombia
Forward Demani Camara  United States
Midfielder Jonatan Alvarez  El Salvador
Midfielder Tyler Arnold  United States
Midfielder DeMarco Andrews  United States
Midfielder John Bain  United States
Midfielder Abdoul Magid Sy  United States
Midfielder Youssef Naciri  Morocco
Defender Ezra Armstrong  United States
Defender Wladimir Babaew  Germany
Defender Nana George Boamah  United States
Defender Thomas Carbonari  Brazil
Defender Hakim Diaw  Senegal
Defender Cheick Diawara  Guinea
Goalkeeper Brennon Davis  United States
Goalkeeper Sam Keener  United States
Goalkeeper Clay Musgrave  United States
Goalkeeper Laurentiu Urian  United States
Goalkeeper David Abonce  United States


  1. ^ "FC COLUMBUS JOINS THE NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ "FC Columbus not looking to capitalize on Crew SC's uncertainty". Massive Report. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  3. ^ "Coaches". Santos FC. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  4. ^ "Game Report - Game ID #4814745". npsl.bonzidev.com. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Belief in Ohio Soccer Restored by FC Columbus and Cleveland SC". International Soccer Network. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  6. ^ Burden, Brian. "Being as Cleveland as Possible". Protagonist Soccer. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Cleveland SC and FC Columbus Finish with 1-1 Draw". National Premier Soccer League. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-22. Retrieved 2018-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)