THANK YOU MEMPHIS!!!
MCFC thanks everyone for their support especially FANS that made this season possible!!!
We are very grateful for efforts from so many – we would like to recognize the following:
– The families of all MCFC staff (especially Wives!)
– Chris Harrington, Rafa Rodriguez, Jamscek ‘Stan’, David Dietrich, Viktor Hoestbo, Matt Williams, & Maria Frost
– Memphis City Smitty and the Rogue Squadron
– Michael Phillips of Choose 901
– Interns: Brian Srite, Christian Hunkus, Danielle Wilkinson, Rachel Stephens, Shivam Bhakta, Eugene Simmonds
– Volunteers: Ashley, Calie Mae, David Moss, Mark King, Roxane Coche, Rosine Ghawji
– Tab Barnes of T&T properties – player housing
– Eric Glemser of Soccerography – team photographer
– Gary & Nancy Yenser of Speed Pro – marketing material & much more
– Charles Hogan of MCN – sports medicine
– Thomas Carrier of the Spectra Venue Mgt
– Clint Browne of Christian Brothers University
– David Vasquez of La Prensa Latina
– Joe Williams, Jason, Katie – Agape North
– Colby Bowen, Champion Awards
– Nick Glaser of CBHS
– Anyone else we did not mention on this list
We would not have made it without your support – thank you for helping make all of this possible.
At the end of 2015 we received acceptance into the NPSL and announced our presence to Memphis and the world! We held a media night at The Brass Door and the place was packed! Organizations such as Choose 901, and the amazing MCFC support group known as The Rogue Squadron helped make the evening an enormous success.
Several tryouts were held in early 2016. The first one at JD Sportsplex featured over 130 participants. Additional open and invitational events demonstrated the amazing talent available in Memphis & South East.
We were fortunate to meet hundreds of top quality players including those that made the roster: Luke Parker, Charles Blakenship, Barrett Mills, Blake Lashlee, Fahkry Kholfan, Sait Gueye, Ali Jaffery, Daniel Rodman, Ryan Heine, Jose Guerrero, and many others.
Incredibly busy and successful! For a 1st year team in the toughest conference, MCFC had an amazing season:
Reg season: 5 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties
Post Season: 1 win and 1 loss
Conf Championship appearance
Volunteer Shield – 2nd place
Just as important as the on-field success were achievements off-the-field:
Bringing a pro soccer organization back to Memphis – highest level in the city
Witnessing AMAZING diehard soccer fans create a new culture
Tough strategic decisions regarding coaches, players, and venues
Provided free professional training to aspiring area youth
Working with the City of Memphis in discussing various projects
Offered a Youth Academy – a pathway to the top team in the region
WHY MCFC EXISTS
One the MCFC founding tenets is to open doors. We serve as a pathway to higher levels of soccer and in life. Talented individuals have a chance to show off their abilities while expenses such as housing, food, kits, training, travel, and much more is paid for. This is not an easy undertaking and requires plenty of sacrifice to make it work.
For those coaches/players that work hard and commit, then there are potentially large opportunities including:
– College scholarships
– National recognition
– Making new friends
– Personal growth – maturity
– Networking – job offers
– Potential pro options (MLS, NASL, USL or even international)
We are honored to be a part of their journey and hope that in our inaugural season of 2016 all of the employees, interns, owners, and everyone associated with MCFC did as much as possible to give coaches/players, a chance to achieve more in their careers.