Nashville FC Roster Announced, Founder Deadline to Expire
Just a few weeks ahead of its much-anticipated, first home game, Nashville FC unveiled its first team ever to compete in the National Premier Soccer League. After several hard-working and intense tryouts among supportive fans, Nashville FC Coach Bryan "BJ" Johnson narrowed the team down to 28 players from all over the globe.
|1. Josue Chavez||15. Stephen Lunney|
|2. Luke Gearin||16. Kevin Tikhomiroff|
|3. Anthony Cedano||17. Carlos Farrufia|
|4. Alan O’Connor||18. Elliot Goodwin|
|5. Wade Wonderlin||19. Rumwald le Guevel|
|6. Asmir Pervan||20. Ben Jones|
|7. Brandon Whitsett||21. Robbie Johnson|
|8. Neil Bhola||22. Mark Photivihok|
|9. Saul Sanchez||23. Zahir Hassan|
|10. Pedro Verissimo||24. Justin Hay|
|11. Roberto Pimental||25. Mikey Alley|
|12. Juan Avendano||26. Adam Grant|
|13. Tyler Long||27. Walker Mainwaring|
|14. Nick Romero||28. Matt Reed
Through the tryout and evaluation process, Johnson, Kyle Roelke and Sebastian Vecchio had the opportunity to see more than 200 players. Among the 28 players, 12 were born in different countries, from Ireland to Brazil, and Colombia to Spain. Johnson also agrees the team is prepared for its Nashville debut which will be at the first home game at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, May 24.
"I am really proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far, both as a club and as a coaching staff," said Johnson. "The diversity and background is one of the things that is great about soccer, and I am proud for this team to represent our entire community. We've been working hard to help prepare the players for our first match and we think they are ready."
Since Nashville FC's launch last year, more than 600 members and founders have signed up to be a part of the club - 596 of them being founders. Besides being a recipient of an exclusive Nashville FC scarf, founders can also vote on all club-related matters, plus get free admittance to all regular home games. The deadline to be a lifetime founder is May 10, and fans can sign up on the web site for $75.
"It's astounding and encouraging to see how far this club has come in such a short amount of time," said Nashville FC President Chris Jones. "We didn't even think we'd be playing in the league until 2015, so this is a huge feat. Plus, we have a very competitive team already."