Central Valley Fuego FC
Central Valley Fuego FC logo.svg
Full nameCentral Valley Fuego Football Club
FoundedAugust 12, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-08-12)
StadiumFresno State Soccer Stadium
Capacity1,000
OwnersJuan and Alicia Ruelas[1]
Head coachMartín Vásquez
LeagueUSL League One
2022Inaugural Season
WebsiteClub website

Central Valley Fuego FC, also known as CV Fuego FC or simply Fuego FC, is an American professional soccer team based in Fresno, California.[2] The team was founded in 2020, and played its inaugural season in 2022. The team competes in USL League One, the third tier of the US soccer league system and plays its home matches at Fresno State Soccer Stadium.

History

Foundation

Central Valley Fuego FC became the twelfth professional club in California and the only one in Fresno after Fresno FC withdrew from USL Championship in 2019,[3] the club was announced on December 8, 2020[4] and the logo was unveiled on January 21, 2021.[5] The team's name is a nod to the former Fresno Fuego that played in USL League Two from 2003 to 2019.[6]

Colors and crest

Fuego colors are black and red. The club's logo is based on a shield shaped like the head of a spade, representing the agricultural laborers of California's Central Valley. Across the top of this shield is the name of the team, while below lie three diagonal stripes of black-green-black which represent agriculture and growth. In base are red flames which represent the team's name and the passion for soccer of the local population.[5]

Players and staff

Roster

As of August 3, 2022[7]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Ofek Antman  Israel
2 DF Sam Strong (on loan from Monterey Bay)  United States
3 MF Jesus Partida  United States
4 DF William Gillingham  England
5 DF Nathan Smith  United States
6 MF Ozzie Ramos  United States
7 MF Mouhamed Dabo  Senegal
8 MF Victor Falck  Sweden
9 FW Christian Chaney  United States
10 MF Anthony Velarde  United States
11 MF Keslley  Brazil
12 FW Michael McFarlane  United States
13 DF Francois Dulysse  Haiti
14 MF Julian Chavez  United States
15 DF Jordan Chavez  United States
16 MF Neil Boyal  United States
17 FW Tunde Akinlosotu  United States
18 GK Mitch North  United States
19 MF Adrian Vera  United States
20 FW Villyan Bijev  Bulgaria
21 MF Jose Villarreal  United States
22 MF Diego Casillas  Mexico
23 FW Renato Bustamante  Peru
24 MF Cherif Dieye  Senegal
25 DF Michael Hornsby  Germany
27 MF Diego Diaz ([A])  United States
28 MF Marco Torralva  United States
29 MF Alexis Cerritos  El Salvador
30 DF Maxi Schenfeld  Chile
31 GK Matías Fernández  United States
32 MF Alan Gutierrez ([A])  United States
34 MF Allen Escalante  United States
36 MF Aaron Huerta ([A])  United States
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    USL Academy Contract

Current staff

As of December 25, 2020[8][9]
Front office staff
Managing partner Juan Gerardo Ruelas Jr.
Vice President of Fútbol Nehemias "Nini" Blanco
Creative director Nathan Guzman
Director of sales Christian Covarrubias
Box Office and Sales Coordinator Daniel Ridgway
Technical staff
Sporting director Adam Smith
Head coach Martín Vásquez
First assistant coach Milton Blanco
Assistant and fitness coach Edison Gonzalez
Goalkeeper coach Hugo Caballero

Head coaches

Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Jaime Ramirez[10]  United States January 1, 2022 February 1, 2022 0 0 0 0 !
Milton Blanco (interim)[11]  United States February 2, 2022 April 14, 2022 3 2 0 1 066.67
Martín Vásquez[12]  Mexico April 14, 2022 present 14 5 5 4 035.71

See also

References

  1. ^ Warszawski, Marek. "Fresno soccer club has ambitious plan for downtown stadium. Here's why it won't fly[.]". Fresno Bee. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  2. ^ "Tioga-Sequoia, Fuego FC, host postponed block party". YourCentralValley.com. June 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Warszawski, Marek (December 8, 2020). "New Fuego Futbol Club rekindles Fresno's soccer past, and offers redeveloped Selland Arena". The Fresno Bee.
  4. ^ Parmer, John (December 8, 2020). "Soccer is back: United Soccer League announces the Central Valley Fuego Futbol Club for 2022". YourCentralValley.com (KSEE/KGPE).
  5. ^ a b "Central Valley Fuego FC Unveils Crest, Merchandise". USL League One.
  6. ^ "Fresno FC Places U23s and Ladies Team on Hiatus". OurSports Central. February 1, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  7. ^ "Roster". fuegofc.com. Fuego FC. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  8. ^ "Front Office". fuegofc.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Technical Staff". fuegofc.com. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  10. ^ Marden, Andrew (December 16, 2020). "FPU's Jaime Ramirez named 'Sporting Director' for Central Valley Fuego FC". YourCentralValley.com. KSEE/KGPE. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Fuego FC Staff (April 13, 2022). "Fuego FC Announces Technical Staff Update". fuegofc.com. Central Valley Fuego FC. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  12. ^ Fuego FC Staff (April 14, 2022). "Central Valley Fuego FC Announces Martín Vásquez As New Head Coach For USL League One Team". fuegofc.com. Central Valley Fuego FC. Retrieved April 14, 2022.