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FC Sonic Lehigh Valley

FC LVU Sonic
Full name FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic
Nickname(s) Sonic
Founded 2009
Stadium Whitehall High School Sports Complex
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV)
President Matt McTish
Head Coach Dave Weitzman
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 2nd, Keystone Division
Playoffs: NE Conference Champions
Website Club home page

FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (also referred to as LVU Sonic) is an American soccer team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Keystone Division.

The team plays its home games at the Whitehall High School Sports Complex in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The team's colors are pale blue and white.

History

FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (or LVU Sonic) was founded in 2009 by the Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV) to field a top-level team in the National Premier Soccer League, considered the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid and roughly equal to the USL Premier Development League, while also supporting youth development and coaching.[1]

The team originally took its name from its youth club affiliate, FC Lehigh Valley United, and adopted "Sonic" from a corporate partnership with American restaurant chain, Sonic Drive-In, in a deal that lasted three seasons. This was also reflected in the club's logo, which was changed following the conclusion of the deal in 2012. The team shares its history and many former players with the successful Pennsylvania Stoners team, which won the NPSL Championship in 2008 but left the league at the end of the 2009 season.[2]

The Sonic had a successful first season, finishing first in Northeast Division/Keystone Conference and making it to the national semi-finals in the playoffs. Following a second place divisional finish in 2011, the club returned to first place in 2012 and defeated Chattanooga FC 1-0 in the National Championship game on July 29, 2012, winning their first league title. Since 2010, Sonic has posted a remarkable league and playoff record of 46 Wins, 4 draws, and 7 Losses. In 2013, Sonic represented the NPSL in US Soccer's Inaugural Amateur National Championship. After beating the Croatian Eagles (WI) in the national semi-final (1-0) Sonic then played the Carolina Dynamo (PDL) in the final losing 3-1 in penalty kicks (1-1 regulation)[3]

Original FC Sonic logo 2009-2012

Players and staff

2010 Roster

Source: [1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
MF James Graf
Cody Antonini
MF Hunter Norton
GK Charlie Sales
DF Pat LeTourneau
DF Jordie Ciuffetelli
Joe Sales
Tom Mustac
Tucker Sandercock
MF Ali Famili
Brian Suchoski
MF Matt Baker
MF Andy Adlard
DF Ryan Jones
DF Reed Norton
No. Position Player
DF Josh Brown
DF Brandon Turner
DF Kevin Strunk
Jeff Reinhart
MF Daniel Odenwelder
MF Schuylar Rimmele
Luis Devia
GK Nate McDonald

Head coaches

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2010 4 NPSL 1st, Keystone 12W-1D-2L National Semi Finals Did not enter
2011 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 9W-2D-1L Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 NPSL 1st, Keystone 14W-1D-1L Champions First Round
2013 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 11W-0D-3L National Semi Finals First Round
2014 4 NPSL 2nd, Keystone 8W-2D-2L Northeast Region Semi Finals Second Round

Honors

Domestic

  • National Premier Soccer League
    • National Champions (1): 2012 (Also, 2008 Champions as PA Stoners)
  • Keystone Division Titles (NPSL):
    • Winners (2): 2010, 2012,
  • Northeast Conference Champions (3):
    • 2010,2012,2013

Stadium

References

  1. ^ "LVU Sonic - About Us". FCSonic.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "F.C. Sonic Lehigh Valley to take the field in 2010". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. February 19, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stephen Prendergast (July 29, 2012). "FC Sonic are NPSL Champions". SoccerNation.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

External links

  • Official Site
  • NPSL Official Site
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