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August 2019

Cincinnati arena standouts return to national stage

2019-08-21T16:23:03+00:00

Cincinnati will be well represented in an upcoming exhibition match between the United States National Arena Soccer Team (USNAST) and Mexico. Cincinnati Swerve Head Coach Craig Rhodis is on the USNAST coaching staff and will be joined by Cincinnati Swerve defender Emmanuel Adjei and Queen City Sonics forward Marc Hansson. Both players have experience on the national stage and will be looking to make the final USNAST roster for the WMF World Cup in Perth, Australia this October.

Craig Rhodis, who is no stranger to the national stage, is thrilled to see Adjei and Hannson being given another opportunity to compete at this level. “I am happy that Manny and Marc will be joining me this weekend in New Mexico. This is why I am involved with the Cincinnati Swerve and Cincinnati Sirens (women’s) soccer teams – to challenge our players and to provide an opportunity to play at a higher level. In this case, it’s a chance to be a part of the player pool for the US National 6-a-side team that will play in the World Cup in Australia. We only have a couple of games left to identify players and prepare our team, so these games are very important for everyone involved. This is a real chance for Manny and Marc to show the national team coaching staff what they can do at this level. I’m looking forward to coaching them and the rest of the players against a strong Mexico team this weekend.”

The August 24 exhibition game between USA and Mexico will kick off at 7pm at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. For more information about the US National Team and upcoming events, visit soccer567.rsportz.com.

Cincinnati arena standouts return to national stage2019-08-21T16:23:03+00:00

April 2019

Cincinnati Swerve Players Reflect On USA 6 National Team Game

2019-04-19T17:54:48+00:00

The USA 6 National Team competed in their first match of the year at the Corn Palace in South Dakota on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Included on the team were four Cincinnati Swerve standouts; Corey Whisenhunt, Manny Adjei, Matt Kinkopf and Marc Hansson (currently with Queen City Sonics) and Cincinnati Swerve Head Coach, Craig Rhodis.

The USA 6 National Team struggled to find their footing in the first 15 minutes of the game, playing against a very experienced Brazilian National Team and finding themselves down 4-0. With late first half and halftime adjustments from the coaching staff, the team found a groove and worked themselves back in the game. Marc Hansson earned his first national team goal (and briefly celebrated with fans in the stands) and the team had a handful of chances at the end of the game to pull within one goal. Ultimately, Brazil found the back of the net two more times as USA pressed to score and at the buzzer, Brazil celebrated the 6-2 victory.

Head Coach Craig Rhodis had nothing but great things to say about the experience for his players, the game’s atmosphere and their opponents. He’ll use this experience to build upon Team USA’s strategy going into the next event coming this Spring/Summer.

All of the players echoed Rhodis’ sentiments about the experience. Matt Kinkopf said “Despite not getting the result we wanted, it was a great learning experience. It was an honor to be selected to play with such talented guys under two great coaches.” Corey Whisenhunt beamed with pride after leading the huddle yelling “USA!” prior to taking the field against Brazil. He said he “could not have dreamed of anything cooler than that.” Manny Adjei didn’t know what to expect and watched videos of the World Cup last year in Guatemala to gain a good perspective. He felt “the group of guys we had did a great job following the game plan after some initial adjustments. It was a great experience, I enjoyed my time with the team and look forward to learning from and making future teams.” Marc Hansson adds “Playing against a team like Brazil is a dream come true. The atmosphere at the Corn Palace was unbelievable, with 1300 people there and excited to watch indoor soccer. Personally, scoring my first goal for the USA was also a very special moment for me and my family. Brazil was a very organized and experienced team, which made it difficult at times, but we did a great job with adjustments from our coaching staff. This was definitely a night to remember!”

Congratulations again to Corey, Matt, Manny, Marc and Craig for representing Cincinnati on the USA 6 National Team!

Cincinnati Swerve Players Reflect On USA 6 National Team Game2019-04-19T17:54:48+00:00

Four Cincinnati Swerve standouts called up to USA 6 National Team

2019-04-08T14:56:43+00:00

On the heels of their PASL team recently being named National Champions, the Cincinnati Swerve organization continues to celebrate as multiple players from their MASL squad have been called up to the USA 6 National Team. Manny Adjei, Matt Kinkopf and Corey Whisenhunt will travel to South Dakota to take on Brazil’s National Team on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00pm. The trio will also be included in a player pool considered for the USA 6 World Cup taking place in Australia this October. Another notable Cincinnati player being called up is former Swerve forward, Marc Hansson, who played for PASL’s Queen City Sonics this season.

With the Swerve since its inception in 2015, Manny Adjei was a dominant force in the backfield this season. Adjei also played at Tiffin University and the Dayton Dynamo, and earned his first CAP with the US National Arena Soccer Team last year. He currently coaches at Cincinnati United Soccer Club (CU/CUP) and is very excited about the opportunity to represent the US this Spring. Manny also believes that “the measure of intelligence is the ability to change” and he’ll certainly have to adapt from the traditional arena play to the no walls format for this first USA 6 National Team game.

Also a 4-year veteran of the Cincinnati Swerve, goalkeeper Corey Whisenhunt is “very honored to be selected for the US 6 National Team. I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for their role in my soccer career and I’m thrilled to take this next step.” Whisenhunt is currently the General Manager of the Dayton Dutch Lions and played collegiately at Wright State University before playing with a multitude of indoor and outdoor men’s teams throughout his career.

Matt Kinkopf, finishing his second year with the Swerve, helped lead the team offensively this season with 7 goals in 9 appearances. Kinkopf feels that “it is an absolute honor to have been selected to play for the USA 6 National Team. I’m so excited to play alongside so many talented individuals and I look forward to representing the US this April.” Kinkopf was a two-time All American at Ohio Northern University and currently coaches at Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club (FOSC).

Former Swerve player Marc Hansson also earned his first CAP with the US National Arena Soccer Team last year alongside Adjei. Prior to playing with the Sonics this season, Hansson played with the Swerve for four years and has played internationally in Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Czech Republic. “Being selected for the USA 6 National Team is a huge accomplishment and to play with the best players from around the country is such a great experience.”

Rounding out the roster of 12 for the South Dakota match-up will be players from Kansas City, Chicago, California and Colorado. Other events are also scheduled throughout the Spring and Summer to assist the coaches in selecting the final roster for the World Cup in Australia.

Taking the helm for the USA 6 National Team is Cincinnati Swerve’s head coach, Craig Rhodis. He will be assisted by Chicago Mustangs’ head coach Armando Gamboa and Detroit Waza Flo’s Dominic and Mario Scicluna.

About the USA 6 National Team
The USA 6 National Team is governed by The American Association of Soccer 567 (5,6 and 7 a side soccer) and is comprised of amateur soccer players playing an indoor, no walls format. The AAS567 is governed by and is an official member of World Mini Football Federation (WMF).

About Cincinnati Swerve
The Cincinnati Swerve was formed in 2015 as an amateur men’s arena soccer team and is run by C925, a non-profit organization that also runs the WPSL outdoor women’s team, the Cincinnati Sirens. The Cincinnati Swerve plays their games at GameTime Training Center in Fairfield, Ohio and currently has teams playing in both the MASL 2 and PASL soccer organizations.

Four Cincinnati Swerve standouts called up to USA 6 National Team2019-04-08T14:56:43+00:00

Cincinnati Swerve 2 named PASL National Champions

2019-04-05T04:01:52+00:00

The Premier Arena Soccer League held its men’s National Championship tournament at GameTime Training Center in Fairfield, Ohio on March 23-24, 2019. Qualifying teams from around the country, including; Tacoma, Kansas City, Wichita, Youngstown, Cincinnati and others, squared off for the National title.

The Cincinnati Swerve went undefeated in the tournament and were named PASL National Champions on Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati Swerve’s partner organization, the Cincinnati Sirens, were also named the women’s National Champions the same afternoon.

Thank you to PASL, GameTime Training Center, Hummel and everyone involved in making the weekend a great success!

Cincinnati Swerve 2 named PASL National Champions2019-04-05T04:01:52+00:00

November 2018

Cincinnati Swerve announces first player signings of 2018-2019

2019-04-05T04:04:38+00:00

The Cincinnati Swerve men’s soccer team is entering its second year of MASL 2 league play and hosts the 2017 Champion Chicago Mustangs in their season opener at GameTime Training Center on Saturday, December 1 at 8:05pm.

The first players joining the Cincinnati Swerve for the 2018-2019 season are seasoned veterans Emmanuel Adjei (D), Corey Whisenhunt (GK) and Christian Johnson (F), who all received All-MASL 2 Team accolades last season – 1st team, 2nd team and Honorable Mention respectively. Adjei was also called up to the US National Arena Soccer Team for a game this past May.

Cincinnati Swerve Head Coach Craig Rhodis is very excited about the upcoming season and has plans to return to the MASL 2 playoffs again this year. “We were happy with our results in our first season of the league last year, but we plan to build on our previous success by adding a few key players that can give our team a competitive edge. Our veteran players have also stepped up to elevate our play and it has been exciting to watch it all come together in practice. We certainly want to continue to provide opportunities for our players to play at the highest levels and put a team on the field that our fans enjoy watching.”

The Swerve will host six home games at GameTime Training Center during the 2018-2019 season.

Cincinnati Swerve announces first player signings of 2018-20192019-04-05T04:04:38+00:00

April 2018

Cincinnati Swerve finds major success in inaugural year of MASL2

2019-04-05T04:06:15+00:00

The Cincinnati Swerve men’s arena soccer team found major success in their first year of the newly formed MASL2 league and plans several upgrades for the 2018 season.

The Swerve was created as an amateur soccer team in 2015 and was accepted into the MASL2 professional league for the 2017-2018 season. Here, the Swerve finished second in the Eastern Conference and lost to the overall champion of the league in the semifinals of the MASL2 playoffs held in Colorado Springs, Colorado this March. Four Swerve players were also recognized by the league with post-season awards.

Head coach Craig Rhodis was extremely impressed with the level of play from his team throughout the regular and post-season. “While we have a number of very experienced players on our team this year, we also have a ton of new talent and they all came together brilliantly, surprising a number of opponents on the pitch and securing a spot in the playoffs. We finished 9-3 in the regular season; undefeated in 6 games at home. We are excited to build on this success in the years to come and are planning a number of upgrades to enhance the overall experience for our players and our fans.”

Upgrades for the 2018 season will include a state-of-the-art video system to stream games online for those who are unable to attend in person, enhanced locker rooms for the teams and increased home game promotions.

The team also plans to add a Cincinnati Swerve reserve team, host a combine in April at their home site – GameTime Training Center – to scout both men and women for the National Arena Team pool and hopes to host a National Arena Team exhibition game in the near future.

Cincinnati Swerve finds major success in inaugural year of MASL22019-04-05T04:06:15+00:00

December 2017

Cincinnati Swerve Wins in 2017-2018 M2 Home Opener

2018-04-04T15:52:48+00:00

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2017

Cincinnati Swerve wins its home opener in the first game of the 2017-2018 MASL2 season

The Cincinnati Swerve opened the 2017-18 M2 arena soccer season with a tense 6-5 victory over the Chicago Mustangs Saturday, December 2 at GameTime Training Center. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Marc Hansson scored a power play with 27 seconds left in the game to complete a hat trick. Goals were also scored by Saliou Diop, Shawn Lamar, and Matt Kinkopf, while Corey P Whisenhunt earned the win in goal.

About the game, head coach Craig Rhodis commented “We have a very new team this year, so it’s nice to see the guys have some success early. Armando and his team are very good and difficult to play against, especially with many players on our team who are still learning how to play at this level. We caught a little luck tonight, but the team worked hard and stuck to the game plan. Our home crowd really enjoyed the game – the environment was great.”

The two teams battle each other on the field again this Saturday, December 9 – this time in Chicago. #MASL2 #M2

Cincinnati Swerve Wins in 2017-2018 M2 Home Opener2018-04-04T15:52:48+00:00

November 2017

Cincinnati Swerve joins MASL 2 (M2); 2017-2018 schedule announced

2018-04-04T15:53:30+00:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2017

MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE 2 ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SCHEDULE
Each team will play a 12-game schedule for the upcoming M2 season.

The Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2) will begin its inaugural season on Saturday December 2nd featuring the Cincinnati Swerve hosting the Chicago Mustangs at 8:05 pm EST in the league’s only game of the night. Opening Weekend continues the following day on Sunday December 3rd as the San Diego Sockers 2 host the Ontario Fury II at 1:05pm PST.

Teams are split into two conferences, with 5 teams in the Eastern Conference, and 5 in the Western Conference. The top three teams from each conference will qualify for the post-season.

The Eastern Conference will feature the Chicago Mustangs, Cincinnati Swerve, Colorado Blizzard, Detroit Waza and Muskegon Risers.

The Western Conference will feature the Arizona Impact, Colorado Inferno, Las Vegas Knights, Ontario Fury II and San Diego Sockers 2.

Each team will play 6 games at home and 6 away, with limited amount of inter-conference play.

The regular season will end on Sunday March 4th highlighted by Western Conference rivals San Diego at Las Vegas in a playoff potential implication game. For more information, or to view the entire schedule, go to m2soccer.com.

## MASL 2 ##
ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE 2 (M2)
The MASL 2 was formed in 2017 and will serve as the official developmental league of the Major Arena Soccer League. The M2 and MASL represent the highest level of arena soccer in the world, and combined feature 26 teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States, Mexico and Canada (Toronto to begin play in 2018).

Cincinnati Swerve joins MASL 2 (M2); 2017-2018 schedule announced2018-04-04T15:53:30+00:00

October 2016

Cincinnati Swerve announce first three players to sign with the team for the 2016-2017 season

2018-04-04T15:54:04+00:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  CincinnatiSwerve@gmail.com

www.CincinnatiSwerve.com

Cincinnati Swerve announce first 3 players for the 2016-17 season

CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Swerve are pleased to announce the first 3 players for the upcoming MASL 2 season:  Sam Fiore, Chris Dobrowolski and Manny Adjei have committed to the Swerve for the 2016-17 season.

“When we committed to playing at a higher level in the MASL 2, we knew we would have to upgrade our roster with not only talent, but also professional indoor experience.  We have some real talent out for the team this year, along with some guys with quality indoor experience.” – Coach Jay Schneider

Coach comments about Sam Fiore: “Sam has so much professional indoor experience and is a real leader.  He was a key player for the Cincinnati Kings when they won the division 4 or 5 years in a row, made it to the championship game and spent some time with US National Arena Soccer Team. He will be vital to our team this year.”

Coach comments about Chris Dobrowolski: “Chris developed as a player with the Cincinnati Kings into a core player with that team.  He is so important for us this season, not just because of his experience, but because he is such a good leader.  With our team, we don’t just want good players, we want leaders.  Debo is both.”

Coach comments about Manny Adjei: “Manny doesn’t have much indoor experience, but I can’t tell you how much he has improved in a short amount of time.  I believe he has a real future in professional indoor soccer.  As he continues to develop as an indoor player, the sky is really the limit for him.”

The Swerve continue to build their roster.  Open tryouts are continuing through October 18th.  Interested players can contact Jay Schneider at 513-545-2556.

Cincinnati Swerve announce first three players to sign with the team for the 2016-2017 season2018-04-04T15:54:04+00:00

Cincinnati Swerve is accepted into Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) for the 2016-2017 season

2018-04-04T15:55:35+00:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
cincinnatiswerve@gmail.com

CINCINNATI SWERVE TO PLAY IN HIGHER LEVEL LEAGUE FOR 2016-2017

CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Swerve is proud to announce its acceptance into the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) second division for the 2016-2017 season. Heading into its 19th season, the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), where the Swerve played last season, has been the top amateur arena soccer league in the nation. The ownership group recently created this new MASL second division league, which is situated between the amateur PASL and the professional MASL. The Cincinnati Swerve have played in the PASL the last two winters, most recently winning the Midwest Division before losing in the National Semifinals in 2016. With this invitation to play in the MASL second division, the Swerve will be playing indoor soccer against tougher competition within a developmental league created to hone players for the highest level of indoor soccer within the MASL.

The Cincinnati Swerve are part of C925, a non-profit organization that also runs the WPSL outdoor women’s team, the Cincinnati Sirens. The Swerve will play the 2016-2017 indoor season at GameTime Training Center which has a seating capacity of 1050.

Founded in 2014, C925 was created to actively mentor youth, encourage families and build leaders by combining Christian principles and a passion for soccer. Stated in Bible verse 1 Corinthians 9:25: “All athletes play to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” C925, the Cincinnati Swerve and the Cincinnati Sirens plan to give game day profits to several different community organizations that improve the quality of life for people in our community. Announcements will be made for each game as to where the proceeds will be distributed and how that organization will benefit. Fans are encouraged to attend the games knowing their contributions will continue to pay it forward. In the summer of 2016, C925 donated more than $4,100 game day profits to local organizations.

“We are excited to take the next step forward with the Swerve. C925 is the foundation of support we want – people using soccer to make a positive impact within the team and extending into the community. We have several experienced players from the former 1790 Cincinnati and Cincinnati Kings teams, and now the level of competition is improving to create an atmosphere for players and fans that is high energy and intense. The right people are involved, we have prepared our players, and we believe we are ready,” said Jay Schneider, Assistant Coach for the Cincinnati Swerve and Director of Operations.

“The atmosphere changes when these men and women see the greater good and the impact they have on their community,” said Chad Reed, president of C925. “This summer, I saw the response first-hand of our Sirens players, young women meeting with several children who had disabilities and raising money for their causes, coaching youth at the YMCA locations, hearing the stories of real people with challenges but also with hopes and dreams. When it came time to present the check to each benefit organization, I witnessed joy on everyone’s faces – from a 12-year-old girl who rode a specialized bike for the first time to mother who is seeking a cause to the incurable brain cancer so no other child has to suffer, even after the loss of her child. And the best part is that the Sirens players did what they do best – played soccer competitively and invited friends and family to experience the game. I believe the Swerve men will also find a new reason to play soccer when their reach extends further.”

The Cincinnati Swerve plan to open their season later this fall at GameTime Training Center which is located at 530C Quality Blvd, Fairfield, OH 45014. Official game announcements will be made in the upcoming months. For more information, please call Jay Schneider at (513) 545-2556 or contact cincinnatiswerve@gmail.com. Our website www.CincinnatiSwerve.com is currently under construction, and www.CincinnatiSirens.com has summer results for our partner women’s team the Cincinnati Sirens. You can also follow the Sirens and C925 on Facebook.

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Cincinnati Swerve is accepted into Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) for the 2016-2017 season2018-04-04T15:55:35+00:00