Greenville, SC – Greenville Football Club and local marketing agency, RingoFire, have announced a partnership extension through 2019 that will see the agency remain the club’s official marketing arm. RingoFire is an upstate South Carolina-based marketing & advertising agency that specializes in strategic and creative marketing solutions.

“RingoFire impressed us from day one,” said Marco Carrizales, president of Greenville Football Club. “Their passion for creativity and strategy really drew me in. They understand the need for results, and they work tirelessly to make sure marketing efforts are strong and only assist in the club’s growth. We are grateful for their partnership and support.”

As part of the partnership, the RingoFire logo will appear on the sleeve of the teams home and away jerseys worn by players as well as those sold to supporters.

“The 2019 sponsorship with Greenville Football Club is monumental for RingoFire,” said Brian Stearns, CEO of RingoFire. “As our company transitions from a start-up, we’re excited to participate more in the Greenville community. We couldn’t think of a better opportunity or club to be a part of.”

“As a former player and avid soccer supporter, I couldn’t be happier to continue our partnership with Greenville FC,” said Todd Johnston, Creative Director of RingoFire. “The dream of bringing soccer to this great city was only the beginning. The best is yet to come.”

You can learn more about RingoFire’s marketing services by visiting RingoFire.com.

Greenville FC’S 2019 Home Opener is Saturday, May 11, 7pm at Sirrine Stadium in downtown Greenville. You can get season tickets by visiting https://www.gvlfc.com/tickets/.

Greenville, SC – Greenville Football Club and 13 Stripes Brewery have announced a partnership extension through 2019 that will see 13 Stripes Brewery remain the Official Brewery of the club. 13 Stripes Brewery will serve as the event location for the clubs 2019 Launch Event, a mid-season festival as well as a 2019 Season wrap event, along with community events held at local bars/breweries that distribute 13 Stripes Beer.

“13 Stripes Brewery is a partner that values community just as we do,” said Marco Carrizales, president of Greenville Football Club. “We see time and time again that the 13 Stripes leadership understands how to foster community and create a unique experience for all. The growth of their brewery in the few years they’ve been open shows the direction they are taking is in the right way, and we are excited to continue along this journey with them by our side.”

As part of the agreement, the 13 Stripes Brewery logo will appear on the front of the training jerseys the players wear as well as those sold to supporters.

“As a company founded on, and built for, the purpose of creating deep community, we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with an organization like Greenville FC,” said Kenworth Reeves, cofounder of 13 Stripes Brewery. “The club embodies that same spirit and invests in the Upstate community as we do. Let’s go team!”

The 2019 Launch Event will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 13 Stripes Brewery from 6:30-9:30pm. The event will be the first opportunity for season ticket holders that selected “Local Pickup” to get their packages. The night will also feature food and 13 Stripes beer options, meet and greet with GVLFC players, as well as EA Sports FIFA, and other fun activities for all ages!

Greenville FC’s 2019 Home Opener is Saturday, May 11 at Sirrine Stadium in downtown Greenville. You can get season tickets by visiting https://www.gvlfc.com/tickets/.

Greenville, SC – March 12th, 2019 – Greenville Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Tyson and Michael Zion to its 2019 coaching staff.

Tyson comes to Greenville FC after serving as a member of the Charlotte Independence coaching staff for the past two years. Joel Tyson, who was responsible for training Independence keepers, and has since left the Charlotte Independence to join Wofford University as their newly appointed head coach.

“I am excited to be back in the upstate and to be able to work closely with a competitive group like Greenville FC, “said Tyson. “From the front office to the technical staff, to the players on the field, they are talented and ambitious people and I look forward to be a part of that.”

In Tyson’s first season with Charlotte Independence, the Independence goalkeepers kept six clean sheets, accumulated ninety saves and recorded the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best goal differential.

Zion is the current head coach of Anderson University men’s soccer program and will serve as assistant to head coach Lee Squires. Zion, a four-year letter winner at Anderson University, tallied nearly two dozen goals and twenty-four assists for the Trojans.

“Greenville FC is providing a pathway for players to pursue their dreams and goals of playing at the next level,” said Zion. “I’m excited to be a part of that.  As a player, I was part of Greenville’s first NPSL team, Performance FC, back in 2008. I have great memories of those days and I look forward to helping a new generation of talented players make lasting memories of their own.”

Zion enters his fifth season as head coach of Anderson University after being appointed in 2014 after being an assistant with the program for 4 years. Zion led his team to a regular season 11-6-3 record, reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2018.

“I’m delighted to get two prominent head coaches from around the region on staff,” said head coach Lee Squires. “As well as being experienced and high-quality coaches, they are great people who will enhance the club’s image and level of professionalism on and off the field. Our players will no doubt enjoy learning from them this summer, as will I.”

“With the addition of Michael and Joel, we are providing our players with a full slate of high caliber coaches,” said club president Marco Carrizales. “Every player is going to have the opportunity to improve and strengthen their game. Collectively between our coaches we will be able to build a very strong squad, and we look forward to seeing that come to fruition.”

Former 2018 Greenville FC goalkeeper coach Matty Evans was recently appointed as an assistant coach at Appalachian State meaning his availability with Greenville FC has come to an end. We want to wish Matty the best of success and are excited for his future at his new university. He will forever remain a major piece of our history.

Greenville, SC – March 10th, 2019 – Greenville Football Club (Greenville FC) today has announced the addition of three local high school standouts to the 2019 roster.

Conor Dowler, Hayden Anderson and Robert Bailey were identified at the clubs open tryouts and have been selected to join the club for the upcoming 2019 NPSL Season.

“We are delighted to be able to offer these young and promising local players the opportunity to develop with the club this summer,” said Greenville FC head coach, Lee Squires. “To set the club up for success in the years to come we need to have a long-term vision in mind, and these three players are promising for us. The goal is to expose these players to a high intensity environment so two or three years down the road they are standouts in the league.”

Conor Dowler, a midfielder from Anderson, South Carolina, is set to graduate from T.L. Hanna in 2020. Conor currently plays for Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) and is a member of the South Region ODP Team. He has committed to play at Furman University and will be a member of the class of 2024.

Hayden Anderson, a defender from Piedmont, South Carolina, is set to graduate from Woodmont High School in 2019. Hayden is currently a member of the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) and is a member of the South Region ODP Team. He has committed to play at USC Upstate and will be a member of the class of 2023.

Robert Bailey, a goalkeeper from Spartanburg, South Carolina, is set to graduate from Spartanburg Christian Academy in 2019. Robert is currently a member of the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) and is set to join his teammate Hayden at USC Upstate in the class of 2023.

“This is ideal for us as a club,” said club executive, Richard Carrizales. “We feel it’s extremely important to find and develop young local players; with Conor, Hayden and Robert joining us for the upcoming season it will give them an early taste as to the speed and intensity of the league. The physical ability will come, but what we saw in these three was great football IQ and a sense of maturity both on and off the pitch. We look forward to their further development with the club.”

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Greenville, SC – February 19th, 2019 – Greenville Football Club (Greenville FC) today announced that Sirrine Stadium in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina will be the new home for the club’s 2019 season.

Greenville Football Club’s home matches during its inaugural 2018 season were played at Eugene Stone Stadium on the campus of Furman University.

“Eugene Stone Stadium was an excellent home during our first season,” Greenville Football Club President Marco Carrizales said. “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Furman University that made our inaugural season so memorable. Eugene Stone Stadium will always hold a special place in our club’s history and will forever be the first home of Greenville FC.”

Owned by Greenville County Schools, Sirrine Stadium was built in 1936 by way of a joint project between Furman University and the City of Greenville. The project was spearheaded by Furman University alumni J.E. Sirrine. The construction of Sirrine Stadium began in 1935 with the first game being played in 1936 between Furman and Davidson College.

Sirrine Stadium is home to Greenville High School Red Raiders soccer, football and lacrosse programs.

“We are excited to have Sirrine Stadium as our new home,” said Carrizales. “The proximity of the stadium to downtown Main Street is an added benefit for us as a club and our fan base. We are excited to continue our efforts in making this club a staple in the heart of Greenville and look forward to providing our growing support base with a more holistic downtown experience. We strongly believe this will provide families, young adults and traveling supporters a better opportunity to experience the city that makes us so great.”

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Greenville, SC – Greenville Football Club is pleased to announce the formation of Greenville FC Academy, an early stage developmental program. GVLFC Academy will consist of local youth ages eight through twelve that will train together in an environment that is designed to build the necessary fundamentals in the early stages of a players career.

Greenville FC Academy will be offered at no charge to participants and their families. This is an effort designed to make soccer accessible to more kids at an early age. The Academy will be fully funded through a mixture of partnerships with local Greenville business as well as revenue generated from the club.

The Academy is designed to increase access to fundamental training for local youth at a crucial stage in their development and will allow for a new generation of talent to rise through the ranks.

Greenville FC Academy training sessions will be led by Greenville FC players and staff. The Academy, at this time, will not be entered into any formal leagues but will consist of regimented training that runs in unison to Greenville FC regular season NPSL play. Academy players will learn from players and staff who are well advanced in their careers. Players will learn fundamental lessons that are intended on building a solid foundation for a long and successful career in the sport.

Academy players will have the opportunity to train and play against one another throughout the course of the program. Players will be hand selected through an application process. Those interested in participating should submit their info for further correspondence at www.gvlfc.com/academy. If you or your business are interested in supporting GVLFC Academy through sponsorship, please contact mgmt@gvlfc.com.

Greenville, SC, February 3rd, 2019 – Over thirty athletes descended on the Salvation Army Kroc Center this past Saturday, February 2nd, for a three hour tryout to be evaluated for the upcoming 2019 NPSL Season.

Tryouts were ultra-competitive as players competed for limited spots on the 2019 Greenville FC Roster. With this first opportunity to set the tone of the club for 2019, Greenville FC Head Coach, Lee Squires, led trialists through exercises and drills that would test their physical, mental and technical ability. The energy was high as players vied for an opportunity to represent Greenville FC in the upcoming 2019 NPSL season slated to kick off in May.

The players were met by over twenty members of The Milltown Operatives — the club’s Supporters Group. The Operatives sang, drummed and urged players on as they competed during the tryout. This gave players a taste of the type of support the club received during its 2018 Inaugural Season.

This was the first of two tryouts that the club will be hosting in the month of February to find the best local talent in the Upstate. Players have the option to register for one or both tryouts for increased exposure.

Lee Squires and staff will hand select players from both tryouts to compile a mixed squad of trialists and 2019 rostered players to compete against Anderson University on March 2nd as a final test for trialists, and a pre-season fixture for players already on the 2019 roster. This match will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, with kickoff slated for 3pm.

If you or someone you know is interested in trying out on Saturday, February 16th please visit www.gvlfc.com/club/tryouts/ to register.

            

Greenville, SC – It’s nearly forty minutes into a Carolina Clasico match. The score between Greenville FC and Asheville City is all tied 1-1. There is tension in the air. What stands on the line is: a potential playoff spot, a first home win ever and most importantly bragging rights. It was in this moment Jesus Ibarra stepped up to the plate.

“I’m a playmaker and I like to score goals,” says Jesus, “that’s my thing.” Jesus Ibarra was born in San Diego, California. Jesus currently enjoys living in Raleigh, North Carolina thanks to, “my dad’s job and soccer.” Playing soccer since before elementary school and training constantly since then, Jesus has always dreamed of playing professional soccer. In 2016 Jesus joined the USL’s Wilmington Hammerheads, the same club that once produced current Premier League and Brighton & Hove Albion star Glenn Murray, in hopes to reach the top.

“I like making chances and scoring goals,” says Jesus. None was that more so true as in the Carolina Clasico. In the 39th minute of the match Jesus pulled off Greenville’s goal of the season as he whipped around multiple defenders to put Greenville up 2-1 at halftime. It was like watching a skilled knitter make great embroidery as he weaved in and around defenders.

Through coaching connections Jesus found himself joining Greenville FC in their push for the playoffs. “He’s a fantastic talent and more so than that he’s a great person,” says Greenville FC coach Lee Squires, “he’s been with us three or four weeks now and he continues to get better and better.”

In the Carolina Clasico, he showed his quality. “I joined late but I love the atmosphere and playing with the guys,” says Jesus. For Jesus it is important to play as a team and not as an individual. With the match tied a 2-2 in the second half Jesus lit Asheville up. With slide tackles and crosses into the box he was almost a one man wrecking crew. In the 56th minute Jesus made his way down the pitch making space to cross it into the feet of James Smith for a golazo and a 3-2 lead. Greenville held to that lead and won. “It was amazing,” says Jesus, “the crowd was buzzing.” “I don’t know how he hasn’t been picked up as a professional here in America,” said Coach Squires post-match, “maybe some question marks over the system. He’s got the talent and the attitude and the work rate. Everything you need to be a top top professional. So hopefully he goes on to that level.”

Contributor: Zachariah Tollison/Greenville FC 
Photo Credit: Blake Schultz

2018 Global Scarves NPSL Supporter of the Year Award Announced

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Leithan “Lugnut” Allen has been named the 2018 Global Scarves NPSL Supporter of the Year.  The selection was made via an online vote.

“Seeing the passion that Lugnut brings to Greenville FC is truly inspiring to us all at Global Scarves,” Global Scarves Owner Bill Kristian said. “His fervent support and love of the game shows how this sport is the world’s game and knows no boundaries across all facets. Support in the game goes beyond your club, and extends to the community, and the familial bond that brings with it, and Leithan is truly deserving of our tagline ‘The True Icon of Support.’

Leithan is passionate and is a supporter anybody can look up to. He’s loud, he’s proud, and he shows others the way to be a Greenville FC fan.

“Leithan epitomizes the ideal supporter and he is so deserving of this award,” Greenville FC President Marco Carrizales said. “From day one ‘Lugnut’ has been at every event, every home match and even some away matches. He sings, he chants, and he loves this club through and through. Lugnut is in love with the game. You’ll always find him with his soccer ball, ready to play with anybody who’s around him, which is the beauty of this sport and this club. Put aside race, gender and age, and what you get is a beautiful blend of what this community is. Leithan is a massive part of this club, and he truly binds our supporters together.”

Despite being the club’s youngest supporter, Leithan has made quite an impression on others.

“The reason soccer is the beautiful game is because in its purest form it encompasses everything and everyone,” Chris Allen, Leithan’s father, added. “Age, race, gender, nationality, none of it means anything. Greenville FC and its owners, the staff, the players, the fans, and the Milltown Operatives welcomed Leithan as family. Leithan’s enthusiasm at matches is the manifestation of the love, support, and passion that this community has for the beautiful game. He loves his club and his momma and he’s not sorry… #GTID.”

Leithan is also the youngest recipient of the award.

“When I grow up, I be big, and I play with them,” Leithan ‘Lugnut’ Allen concluded. “Goooo Greeeevilllle. Paul the Wall. Paul the Wall!”

Contributor: Gary Moody/NPSL 
Photo Credit: Brittany Hildreth

ABOUT THE NPSL

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the largest established men’s soccer league in the United States with 98 teams competing across the country in 2018.  The NPSL is a successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002.  The NPSL is a member league of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and sanctioned by U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.  The NPSL’s cooperative and turnkey ownership platform has led to its explosive growth, countless player development opportunities, and commitment to grow the game in the United States.  For more information about the NPSL, please visit npsl.com.

Greenville, SC – His skill on the ball is undeniable. On any given Greenville FC match-day you can see Manuel Perez make an impact. His ability to move off defenders and pass the ball for other attacking players makes him a valuable member of the team. “What I like about the midfield is timing,” says Manuel, “getting away from the defender into a pocket and then receiving and turning finding a pass through. I like being the transition from defending into attacking play.” Manuel’s skill with the ball is incredible but his journey to Greenville FC is even more so.

Manuel Perez grew up in Valencia, Venezuela. A two-hour car ride north-west of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Manuel describes it as a big city with a small-town feel. “It is a very industrial city,” Manuel says, “growing up we played soccer and focused on school.” Manuel recalls, “It’s like a small town with loads of people. The group of people that I grew up with, we all still know each other.”

Manuel always dreamed of soccer but playing in Venezuela is tough. Manuel grew up playing in the Venezuela soccer system playing as a number nine but was eventually shifted to the number ten role as a center attacking midfielder. “As a kid I wanted to play pro but in Venezuela you don’t get paid much from it. There isn’t a good future in it at the time.” It was Manuel’s mother who convinced him to get a scholarship and education in America first and try to play from there.

To move to the US and play Manuel decided to stop focusing on soccer so much and more on his SAT test and TOEFL test. Manuel moved to Boston where he got a good score on his TOEFL. Being in Venezuela it was hard to get scholarships so Manuel attended Barry University in Miami, Florida to get a bachelors in Exercise Science. From there he reached out to the coaches and soon joined the soccer team by his Sophomore year. He is currently getting a master’s in strategic leadership at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

Manuel soon decided to leave for the US but that doesn’t keep him from returning home despite the current situation in Venezuela. “Right now the situation is pretty bad back home,” says Manuel on the current economic situation in Venezuela. “Last time I went back home it was dangerous. Every time I went out it was a race everywhere I was supposed to be because I could get kidnapped.”

When Manuel heard Greenville FC was looking for an attacking player, Coach Lee Squires talked to him, and he arrived in Greenville. Manuel’s speed and ability to get by defenders has got him to the right midfield or wing on the pitch. Manuel felt a big breakthrough for him was the goal he scored against the Emerald Force in Greenville’s fourth match. In the 75th minute Manuel hit a shot from outside the box that found the back of the net. “It was a relief” recalls Manuel. The goal was a favorite moment for Manuel because even though Greenville lost the match it was a confidence builder for everything to come. On his experience with Greenville Manuel feels, “everything has been amazing. The club treats us right, the team is great, the atmosphere is great, and I’d love to come back.”

Contributor: Zachariah Tollison/Greenville FC 
Photo Credit: Blake Schultz