THANK YOU MEMPHIS!!!

MCFC thanks everyone for their support especially FANS that made this season possible!!!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • 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.
2016 Season

MCFC ARRIVES!!!

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.
Within the first several days declaring ourselves, we saw over 35k hits on FaceBook, alone.  The Twitter / Instagram pages were swamped and numerous people reached out to show support and wanting to be involved.
2016 Season

TRYOUTS

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.
2016 Season

On-The-Pitch

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
2016 Season

Off-The-Pitch

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.

 2016 Accolades

The following are just some of the individuals that earned recognition this season – there are too many stories to list, but each and every coach/player that committed and worked hard had a positive result .  The coaches/players below now have some amazing new opportunities and they have made the fans and club proud as representatives of Memphis.
2016 Season

Chris Harrington – Head Coach

Chris was the perfect fit for MCFC – a ‘Warrior Coach’ with a clear understanding of what he wanted to accomplish.  He set goals and executed them in amazing fashion.

Chris’ efforts earned him respect and a 3-fold offer to an international club:
* Coaching UMF Tindastoll in Iceland
   – Boys U15
   – Boys U16
   – Assistant position for the men’s team

Simply an incredible coach – Chris is also in the process of earning his UEFA B license.
2016 Season

Josh Fines – CAPTAIN

Position: Center Back
Hometown: Farnborough, England

Josh brought an unparalleled work ethic which earned him a rank as captain – a true leader on and off the pitch.  He was a consistent example for all players and this made him invaluable to the team.

Josh was attending Andrews College and his efforts gained massive attention that lead to a tremendous offer:

* Scholarship to Tusculum – a large D2 school with a top 25 program.
2016 Season

Neil Cummings – Captain

Position: Midfield/Defense
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Neil’s ‘no excuses’ attitude and toughness on the pitch earned him a captain position with the team.  Neil was under Clint Brown at CBU and had a very successful collegiate career.  The coaching staff and club at-large was very grateful for Neil’s knowledge of the game and effort day in and day out.
2016 Season

Humberto Paelez

Position: Keeper
Hometown: Panama City, Panama

Humberto accomplishments this summer truly marked him as one the best talents in the NPSL.  MCFC considered him the strongest keeper in the league this season.

* Voted NPSL SE Player of the Week (multiple times)

Humberto continues to impress while at Mississippi College earning the following:

* 2x Gulf South Conference Defender of the week
2016 Season

Santiago Moore

Position: Forward
Hometown: Queens, New York
Santi’s trophy case from this summer explain everything about him as a player – far and away one of the most decorated individuals in the conference/league:

* Volunteer Golden Boot
* NPSL SE Conference Player of the Week (multiple times)
* Dalton State scholarship offer

Santi continues to garner respect as seen earning the following while at Dalton State:

*Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week
2016 Season

Blake Lashlee

Position: Midfield
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
Blake Lashlee is a local player and following high school attended a respected community college.  After this season with MCFC, he earned:

*4 SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS:
– Belhaven
– Bethel
– Christian Brothers University
– Mississippi College

Incredible!  By working hard and taking advantage of the platform at MCFC, Blake opened up a multitude of new paths for himself.  He is now at CBU and having a great season under coach Clint Browne.
2016 Season

Jack Skahan

Position: Defender
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
A tremendous addition to the team.  A local player who has gone to the highest ranks in US soccer; former Youth National Team and attended Philadelphia Union.  He is currently attending Univ of North Carolina on a soccer scholarship.

Jack was originally considered a forward/midfielder, but HC Chris noticed that with his field IQ, pace, and skills, he fit perfectly for the team as a defender.  Jack became one of the most dependable and electric players – solid defense and tremendous runs up top.

* Youngest player ever (17 yo) to score in the NPSL SE Conference
2016 Season

Cameron Woodfin

Position: Forward/Midfield
Hometown: Mount Juliet, TN
Cameron was simply tenacious this summer – strong skills, a nose for the ball, relentless work ethic and never hesitated.

He is currently playing at Eastern Tennessee State University along with MCFC teammates Luke Parker and Charles Blakenship.  His efforts this summer has paid off in dividends as he scoring and racking up honors at ETSU

* Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
* Instrumental in ETSU’s defeat of natl’ ranked UNC & Furman this Fall
2016 Season

Hayden Hamilton

Position: Midfield/Froward
Hometown: Olive Branch, Mississippi

Hayden was just 16 years old when he made the roster at MCFC.  A truly gifted player whose skills and dedication makes him an extremely impressive young man with a very bright future on the pitch.

Hayden worked hard every day and was facing players many years older and more experienced.  By making the MCFC squad, it enabled him to play at a very high level and have an advantage over his peers.

* Youngest player to play in NPSL Southeast Conference
2016 Season

Rafa Rodriguez – Asst. Coach

A true ‘player’s coach’ – Rafa brought techniques and a commitment that helped MCFC achieve success on the field.

Rafa was key in many areas including professionally orchestrated tryouts and his training sessions with the team helped separate MCFC players from the rest of the field.

Because of his effort at MCFC, approximately 5 local youth clubs took notice and started making offers for him to go work for them – he accepted one and MCFC was proud to assist him in his coaching career.

* Director Of Coaching for a local youth club