MED CITY FC
Head coach: Neil Cassidy.
2019 season: Med City FC finished with 8 wins, 3 ties and 2 losses. It reached the National Premier Soccer League playoffs for the first time in its history and lost 2-1 in the first round to Minneapolis City SC.
Top returners: The vast majority of Med City FC’s personnel is new. Returners are Francisco Neto, midfield/forward; AJ Jarvis, goalie; Jack Hilton Jones, midfield; David Armas, midfield.
Outlook: It’s difficult to gauge the Mayhem’s prospects, with so many new faces. The return of Neto is appreciated as he is the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer and was an all-league performer in 2019 (the Mayhem didn’t have a 2020 season due to COVID). Jarvis gives Med City a dependable goalie and Hilton Jones is a strong playmaker and scorer. The Mayhem also have stability with the return of Neil Cassidy as their seasoned coach. The former longtime St. Mary’s University women’s soccer coach is in his third season directing the Mayhem. . .Med City FC won’t have all of its players for another couple of weeks as many are still finishing up their college spring semesters. The Mayhem play their opener at 6:45 p.m. Friday, hosting Granite City FC at Rochester Regional Stadium.
Coach Cassidy says: “Overall, I think we’ve got a pretty good group. I’ve not seen a lot of these players in person (because of COVID); we’ve done all of our recruiting stuff with videos. But it is fun to work with a group at this (high) level. And for me, it is a chance to bring a bunch of new guys into our community.”
MED CITY FC ROSTER
AJ Jarvis, goalie; Gilmair Lobo, defense/midfield; Alvaro Capra Barbera, defense; Ayrton Redmore, defense/midfield; Jack Hilton-Jones, midfield; Mazeed Aro-Lambo, forward; Miguel Tome, defense/midfield; Lucas Hart, midfield; Francisco Neto, midfield/forward; Tyler Oliver, midfield; Kolton Prater, midfield; David Armas, midfield; Till Trippner, defense; Alejandro Radilla, midfield; Toby Millward, midfield/forward; Josh Balsiger, midfield/forward; Brian Chapman, defense; Amer Alrubayee, forward; Karl Nyman, defense/midfield; Karl Nyman, defense/midfield; Dnaiel Vargas, forward; Andres Garcia, midfield; Peter Holt Lange-Nielsen, midfield; Kyle Doppler, defense/midfield; Lance Halberg, defense; Gal Elyashiv, goalie.
MED CITY SCHEDULE
May 7 — Granite City FC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
May 15 — Sioux Falls Thunder FC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
May 22 — Med City FC at Dakota Fusion FC, 7 p.m.
May 28 — Joy SLP at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
Jane 2 — LC Aris FC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
June 5 — Med City FC at Minneapolis City SC, 7 p.m.
June 9 — Med City FC at Sioux Falls Thunder, 7 p.m.
June 13 — TBD at Med City FC, 1:45 p.m.
June 16 — Med City FC at Duluth FC, 7 p.m.
June 19 — Duluth FC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
June 25 — Dakota Fusion at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
June 30 — Med City FC at LC Aris FC, 7 p.m.
July 7 — Med City FC at Joy SLP, 7 p.m.
July 10 — TBD at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
July 13 — Rochester FC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
July 16 — Minneapolis City SC at Med City FC, 6:45 p.m.
Head coach: Muharem Dedic.
2019 season: Rochester FC, in its first year of existence, finished 8-1-1 overall as it played in the United Premier Soccer League. Rochester FC did that almost exclusively with local players.
Top returners: The bulk of the team is back. Among them are Jabril Muse, Mooday Wah, Igor Aguiar, Kadar Mohamed and Midhat Mujic.
Outlook: Rochester FC is more optimistic than ever. It helps that not only has the bulk of its top players from the 2019 team returned, but Rochester FC has some talented newcomers. Leading that list is the state’s Mr. Soccer from this past season, forward/midfielder Henry Tolbert. Likely the state’s fastest player, Tolbert is also skilled. The Austin High senior finished the fall season for the Packers with 24 goals and 11 assists. . .Rochester FC has played one game already, a 2-1 loss. The team is still waiting for all of its college players to join the squad. It plays Minneapolis FC at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rochester Regional Stadium.
Player/co-owner Midhat Mujic says: “We are a really fast team, with a lot of guys with quickness. We’re good on counters and with all the guys back from (2019), we have good chemistry.”
ROCHESTER FC ROSTER
Eric Feil, Anga Lual, Igor Aguiar, Matheus Albuquerque, Kadar Mohamed, Ajak Garang, Henry Tolbert, Jibril Muse, Gerardo Guerrero, Luke Dallman, Vehid Heldovac, Brandon Lopez, Jacob LaDue, Mohamed Muse, Miguel Zuniga, Luis Lopez, Daliso Chitulangoma, Brendan Koplin, Adam Krakora, Mooday Wah.
ROCHESTER FC SCHEDULE
(All home games at Rochester Regional Stadium)
May 8 — Minneapolis FC at Rochester FC, 7 p.m.
May 15 — Rochester FC at Minnesota Brooklyn Knights FC, 6 p.m.
May 22 — Rochester FC at Dakota, 4 p.m.
May 29 — Minneapolis City at Rochester FC, 7 p.m.
June 5 — Granite City FC at Rochester FC, 7 p.m.
June 12 — Vlora FC at Rochester FC, 7 p.m.
June 18 — Rochester FC at Turbo Sport, 7 p.m.
June 26 — TBD at Rochester FC, 7 p.m.
July 3 — Playoffs, TBD
July 13 — Rochester FC at Med City FC, TBD