Syracuse FC

Syracuse FC is a soccer team based in Syracuse, New York. They debuted in the National Premier Soccer League in May 2017. The team colors are white, black, gold and maroon.

Syracuse FC
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Full nameSyracuse Football Club
FoundedFebruary 8, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-02-08)
StadiumChuck Wilbur Field
Syracuse, New York
PresidentJaro Zawislan
General ManagerMatt Tantalo
Head CoachCorey Fonseca
2019East Conference: 5th
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Syracuse FC was announced as a National Premier Soccer League expansion team on February 8, 2017.[1][2] On the day of the announcement, the leadership group was announced with former professional player and college men's soccer coach Jaro Zawislan serving as President and Matt Tantalo acting as both General Manager and the inaugural Head Coach. Former Major Indoor Soccer League goalkeeper Joe Papaleo would also serve as the team's Vice President and head of soccer operations.[3][4]

The team played its inaugural match on May 20, 2017, at home in Onondaga Community College's David W. Murphy Field (now known as Chuck Wilbur Field) against defending NPSL National Champions AFC Cleveland.[5] Forward Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored the first goal in team history via a penalty kick to tie the game in the 33rd minute, but Syracuse went on to drop the match, 5-1, in front of 2000 fans.[6][7]

In March 2020, Syracuse was announced as an expansion side in the United Premier Soccer League, a national amateur league, with plans to begin play in the Northeast Conference's Western N.Y. Division for the 2020 Spring Season.[8]


Position Staff
President Jaro Zawislan
Vice President/General Manager Matt Tantalo
Vice President, Soccer Operations Joe Papaleo
Head Coach Corey Fonseca
Assistant Coach Darek Panol
Assistant Coach Dan Ramin

Last updated: June 16, 2020
Source: Leadership, Management, Coaching Staff


2017 RosterEdit

Roster is correct as of May 16, 2017[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   USA Patrick Castle
DF   BIH Adnan Bakalovic
DF   SCO Sam Daniel
DF   USA Karl Brown
DF   UKR Bogdan Yatsishin
DF   IRL Ryan Matthews
DF   USA Domenico Vitale
MF   USA Nate Bourdeau
MF   SCO Callum Donnelly
MF   USA Oliver Harris
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   USA Marcello Palucci
MF   KEN Moulid Somow
MF   USA Ma'Cain Spragling
MF   USA Stefanos Stamoulacatos
FW   BIH Slaviša Ubiparipović
FW   LBR Jerjer Q. Gibson
FW   SRB Bo Jelovac
FW   CRC Luiz Mota
FW   CRC Ben Ramin
FW   USA Logan Roberts


Year League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Notes
2017 NPSL 7th, East Conference Did not qualify Ineligible
2018 6th, East Conference Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 5th, East Conference Did not qualify Did not qualify
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[10]


  1. ^ Tsujimoto, Ben. "Syracuse FC joins NPSL, FC Buffalo gives statement". The Buffalo News. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Tsujimoto, Ben (9 February 2017). "Syracuse FC joins NPSL, FC Buffalo gives statement". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Syracuse FC Joins NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Kramer, Lindsey. "Pro soccer league expanding to Syracuse this summer". The Post-Standard. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (1 March 2017). "New pro soccer team in Syracuse announces 2017 schedule". syracuse. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ Sacco, Mario (21 May 2017). "Syracuse FC drops first ever game in the NPSL to Cleveland 5-1". WSYR. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Syracuse FC Falls to Defending NPSL National Champions AFC Cleveland in Entertaining Inaugural Match". Syracuse FC. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ "UPSL Announces New York Expansion with Syracuse FC". United Premier Soccer League. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
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  10. ^ Prince-Wright, Joe (26 March 2020). "2020 NPSL season cancelled". ProSoccerTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 15 June 2020.