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September 2020

Swerve announces new Head Coach for 2020-2021 season

2020-09-09T00:54:09+00:00

The Cincinnati Swerve men’s soccer team is proud to announce Manny Adjei as the new Head Coach for the 2020-2021 season. This will be his 6th season with the Cincinnati Swerve organization, after playing with the team for the last five seasons. Throughout his playing career with the Swerve, Adjei has earned All-Star accolades, was named First Team All-MASL 2 and was most recently part of the 2019 PASL National Championship team. In addition to success with the Swerve, he has three caps with the United States National Arena Soccer Team against Brazil, Canada and Mexico and was part of the player pool to be selected for the World Cup held in Australia in 2019.

Adjei is also a former athlete and graduate of Tiffin University and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Special Education at GCU. At Tiffin University, he played in 71 games, drawing the start as a defender in 69 games. The Tiffin defense gave up less than a goal per game in three of the four seasons he played and Adjei also contributed on offense, scoring four goals. During his collegiate career, his team won the GLIAC Conference twice, the GLIAC tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Individually, he earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week twice, All-GLIAC Honorable Mention, All-GLIAC Second Team, Daktronics All-Region Second Team & OCSA 2014 NCAA Div. II Men’s All-Ohio Team.

The coaching position with the Swerve will not be his first as Adjei is currently on staff with Cincinnati United Soccer Club and was the Head Coach at Winton Woods High School from 2015-2018.

Thrilled about taking this new step with the Swerve organization, Adjei credits his mentors with fueling his passion for the game. “Throughout my time as a player with the Swerve, I’ve had the privilege of playing for coaches and veterans who were highly influential in the way that I learn and play. I feel that my talent, dedication and character have meshed well with what I have learned these last several years, allowing me to thrive in arena soccer. As I take on this new role, my goal is to replicate these same principles and continue to be a part of something great here in Cincinnati. I’d like to thank the organization for having the belief in me to continue the Swerve legacy.”

Adjei will take the reins from current Head Coach, Craig Rhodis, who will remain an integral part of the organization. “Manny has played for me for many years and has always been one of the players trying to consistently improve his game by asking questions. He is a fabulous player, one the team really respects. He certainly deserves this opportunity and will have a great support system in place to succeed. The decision to hand over the team to Manny allows me to focus on our organization as a whole, continuing to help us grow. I am confident we have made the right decision with our next coach and look forward to working with him in this role.”

The Cincinnati Swerve will officially complete their 2019-2020 season during the PASL National Championships at GameTime Training Center October 9-11, where they will defend their national title. The 2020-2021 season is set to begin in December.

Swerve announces new Head Coach for 2020-2021 season2020-09-09T00:54:09+00:00

Swerve and Sirens launch new Soccer Academy

2020-09-09T00:47:47+00:00

The Cincinnati Swerve and Cincinnati Sirens have teamed up to launch a brand new Soccer Academy. The eight week session will focus on player development and give youth players U13-U18 the opportunity to train with Swerve and Sirens staff. Players will also compete in a local league at GameTime Training Center, with a chance to also compete against other academy teams when possible. Interested players can register at bit.ly/SwerveSirensAcademy. Questions can be sent to cincinnatiswerve@gmail.com.

Cincinnati Swerve and Cincinnati Sirens Soccer Academy:

  • January 4 – February 27
  • Open to Boys & Girls U13-U18
  • Speed & Agility and Skills Training sessions Monday – Thursday
  • 8 game local league with additional games against other academy teams possible
  • Players receive training gear and game kits
  • All training sessions and games are coached by Sirens and Swerve staff
  • $279/player
Swerve and Sirens launch new Soccer Academy2020-09-09T00:47:47+00:00

March 2020

Cincinnati Swerve joins OVPL in 2020

2020-09-04T15:50:00+00:00

The Cincinnati Swerve organization is proud to announce that we will be adding an outdoor competitive team into the newly formed Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL) this Summer. The league will complement the organization’s existing structure as we are completing our fourth season in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL).

Cincinnati Swerve Head Coach Craig Rhodis is excited about what joining another competitive league means for the men. “Adding the Swerve men’s outdoor team was one of our goals coming into this year. Our organization has worked very hard to provide opportunities for the players, and as we have become a model franchise in the PASL indoor league, adding an outdoor team was a very easy transition. We are very happy to now offer year-round opportunities for both men and women in conjunction with our women’s affiliate, Cincinnati Sirens FC. The Sirens have built a very successful team based upon a mix of current college players, veteran players with professional experience, as well as a few younger players. We hope to follow the same path with our men’s outdoor team.”

The Ohio Valley Premier League (OVPL) has received sanctioning from US Club Soccer for men’s and women’s divisions and is set to begin play in Summer 2020. The OVPL will provide opportunities for players to continue their competitive playing careers with at least twelve men’s teams and five women’s teams in their inaugural season.

Supplemental tryouts for the Cincinnati Swerve OVPL team will be held April 4-5 from 5pm-7pm at GameTime Training Center in Fairfield, Ohio. New players interested in joining the Cincinnati Swerve organization for the 2020 season should register online ahead of tryouts.

Cincinnati Swerve joins OVPL in 20202020-09-04T15:50:00+00:00

August 2019

Cincinnati arena standouts return to national stage

2020-09-04T15:51:35+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 stage2020-09-04T15:51:35+00:00

April 2019

Swerve Players Reflect On USA 6 National Game

2020-09-04T15:52:07+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!

Swerve Players Reflect On USA 6 National Game2020-09-04T15:52:07+00:00

Swerve standouts called up to USA 6 National Team

2020-09-04T15:53:28+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.

Swerve standouts called up to USA 6 National Team2020-09-04T15:53:28+00:00

Cincinnati Swerve 2 named PASL National Champions

2020-03-13T21:20:17+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 Champions2020-03-13T21:20:17+00:00

November 2018

Swerve announces first players of 2018-2019

2020-03-13T21:39:04+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.

Swerve announces first players of 2018-20192020-03-13T21:39:04+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
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