AFC Ann Arbor

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AFC Ann Arbor
Afc ann arbor.png
Full name AFC Ann Arbor
Nickname(s) The Mighty Oak
Founded 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Ground Skyline High School
Manager Eric Rudland
Website Club website
Current season

AFC Ann Arbor is an American soccer club based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded in 2014.

History

AFC Ann Arbor in action against San Marino Soccer in a 2015 friendly at Hollway Field

AFC Ann Arbor was started by a group of Ann Arbor residents with a desire to have a local team. The team had applied to the National Premier Soccer League for the 2015 season but its application was declined. Instead, AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC, another team denied by the NPSL, decided to start a league of their own called the Great Lakes Premier League.[1] The new league held its inaugural meetings on January 17, 2015.

Starting with the 2016 season, AFC Ann Arbor plays in the National Premier Soccer League as part of the Midwest Region[2] under manager Eric Rudland, formerly of Lansing United.[3]

Stadium

Hollway Field, located at Pioneer High School, was AFCAA's home field for the first three seasons of the teams existence. The team then moved to Skyline High School for the 2018 season.[4]

2017 roster

[5] [6] [7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Adrian Motta
United States GK T. J. Tomasso
United States GK Spencer Ward
United States GK Luke Warrick
United States DF Blake Barribeau
France DF Matthieu Braem
Scotland DF David Cross
United States DF Jimmy Fiscus
Zimbabwe DF Tendai Jirira
Afghanistan DF Borna Juracic
United States DF Noah Kleedtke
England DF Jonny Miller
United States DF Chase Pagani
United States DF Jake Rosen
United States DF Ben Thornton
England DF Colin Watson
United States DF Sam Zisette
Brazil MF Bruno dos Santos
England MF Jake Durham
United States MF Tristan Jacob
South Africa MF Thabiso Khumalo
United States MF Ryan Kobakof
No. Position Player
United States MF Nick Mellville
Cuba MF Hector Morales
United States MF Connor Mullen
Zimbabwe MF Jesse Muskwe
United States MF Jake Rufe
England MF Leigh Rumbold
United States MF Kevin Taylor
United States MF Nils Valdmanis
England MF James Vaughn
Trinidad and Tobago FW Kwesi Allen
United States FW Kyle Breitmeyer
Guinea FW Amadou Cisse
Brazil FW Yuri Farkas
Brazil FW Marlon Freitas
England FW Jack Hallahan
United States FW Steven Hernandez
United States FW Kaleb Jackson
United States FW Alec Lasinski
United States FW Zach Pagani
Brazil FW Rafael Simones
Cuba FW Dario Suarez

Notable Players

Head Coaches

  • United States David Hebestreit (2014-2015)
  • United States Eric Rudland (2015–present)

Year-by-year

Year Tier League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Average
Attendance
2015 5 GLPL 3rd of 5 (2-2-4) [A] Ineligible[B]
2016 4 NPSL 2nd of 7, Midwest-Great Lakes West (6-3-3) Regional semifinal Ineligible[B]
2017 4 NPSL 1st of 8, Midwest-Great Lakes (12-1-1) Regional Final First round
  1. ^ A No playoffs were held in the inaugural season of the Great Lakes Premier League.
  2. ^ B To enter the U.S. Open Cup, a team must have belonged to an affiliated league with at least 4 teams that played a schedule of at least 10 games.[8]

References

  1. ^ "NPSL denies Ann Arbor semi-pro soccer club's application; owners plan to establish new league". MLive.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "A year after being denied, AFC Ann Arbor joins National Premier Soccer League". MLive.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Former Lansing United coach Eric Rudland takes the helm at AFC Ann Arbor". MLive.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "AFC Ann Arbor soccer team changing home venues in 2018". mlive.com. MLive Media Group. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ "2017 Roster". AFC Ann Arbor. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Meet 'The Mighty Oak' - 2017 Roster". AFCAnnArbor.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2017 College Soccer Preview: The Mighty Oak Return To Campus". AFCAnnArbor.com. Retrieved October 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ "How do you enter the 2016 US Open Cup?". 

External links

  • Official website
  • Main Street Hooligans - AFC Ann Arbor's First Supporter's Club
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