Asheville City SC
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club
FoundedNovember 14, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-11-14)
StadiumGreenwood Field
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachScott Wells
LeagueUSL League Two
20214th, Deep South Division
Playoffs: DNQ
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

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

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 spirit of inclusion 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

Asheville City plays at Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville.

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2017 4 NPSL 3rd, Southeast East Division Conference Quarterfinals Ineligible
2018 4 NPSL 5th, Southeast Conference Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2019 4 NPSL 3rd, Southeast Conference Conference Final Did not qualify
2020 4 USL League Two Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 4 USL League Two 4th, Deep South Division Did not qualify Did not qualify

2019 Men's Roster

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. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Lithuania LTU Pijus Petkevicius
2 DF United States USA Will Mims
3 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Dylan Burke
4 DF England ENG Jamie Smith
5 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Rory O'Keeffe
6 MF England ENG Sam Bethell
7 FW United States USA Nick Adamczyk
8 MF England ENG Chris Allan
9 FW England ENG Frank Rosenwald
10 FW Brazil BRA Bruno Andrade
11 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Ross Fitzpatrick
12 DF United States USA Lukas Joyer
13 MF Ghana GHA Paul Afful
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF England ENG Nathan Watt
15 MF Colombia COL Roberto Haddad
16 FW United States USA Izzy García
17 FW Spain ESP Pedro Benito
18 MF United States USA Joe LaCasto
20 FW United States USA Jake Woody
21 MF Spain ESP Roberto Ortega López
22 GK United States USA Shane Berson
24 DF England ENG Oscar Mitchell
25 FW Norway NOR Tobias Karlsen
26 FW Senegal SEN Hady Sarr
28 MF United States USA Kyle McCurley
31 GK United States USA Jonny Mennell

2019 Women's Roster

Asheville City SC
Full nameAsheville City Soccer Club
FoundedNovember 2, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-11-02)[7]
StadiumMemorial Stadium
Asheville, North Carolina
Capacity3,000
ChairmanJimmy Wheeler
Head CoachCarolyn Warhaftig
LeagueUSL W League
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. Pos. Nation Player
0 GK United States USA Bryson Lee
1 GK United States USA Hannah Leonard
2 FW United States USA Chloe McCleary-Small
3 DF United States USA Krystal Goss
4 FW United States USA Laura Greb
5 DF England ENG Octavia Saunders
6 FW United States USA Molly Dwyer
7 MF United States USA Camryn Bolick
8 FW England ENG Abbie Brown
9 MF United States USA Lydia Jackson
10 FW United States USA Megan McCallister
11 MF United States USA Charlotte McClure
12 FW Costa Rica CRC Emilie Valenciano
13 FW Ghana GHA Jennifer Cudjoe
14 DF United States USA Olivia Lenderman
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF United States USA Miya Poplin
16 FW United States USA Hope Ingram
17 MF United States USA Sarah Jacobs
18 MF United States USA Gillian Oyos
19 MF United States USA Sarah Groce
20 FW United States USA Bianca Canizio
21 DF United States USA Mariah Powers
22 MF United States USA Parker Roberts
23 FW Norway NOR Lisa-Marie Woods
24 MF Northern Ireland NIR Hannah Doherty
25 MF United States USA Maya Gutman
26 FW Brazil BRA Alessandra Tavolini
27 DF United States USA Sarah Karlik
28 DF England ENG Louise Griffiths
29 GK United States USA Lauren McAdam

Rivalries

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

Staff

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 Tim Blekicki
Director of Communications United States Kristy Kepley-Steward
Head Coach United States Scott Wells
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

  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.