Welcome To Rapid City Football Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Rapids, MI -- The Rapid City Football Club (RCFC) will be the newest team in Major League Indoor Soccer this 2022-23 season.
The founding members, Louis Stephens III and Joe Brefczynski felt that the team's name and logo are a tribute to the city of Grand Rapids. The name Rapid City is a local nickname, and the logo features a nod to the famous Calder Statue that also adorns the city's logo.
"Our name is meant to represent our city's rich history, and progress to the future," said Brefczynski, "and our logo features the iconic Alexander Calder statue, one of our most prominent landmarks in our city."
Rapid City FC will host tryouts at their home facility on October 1, 2022, from 6pm-9pm. RCFC will also open the season with a few exhibitions, which will be detailed at our press conference on September 13th. The press conference will be held at Creston Brewery from 11am-12pm.
“Grand Rapids needs professional soccer. It is proven that we have a lot of talented players in our city and have an amazing community of supporters. I’m excited to see the response from having a professional indoor soccer team, as it is a very entertaining game and know the fans will love every minute of the action,” said Fabian Rodriguez, Head Coach of the Rapid City Football Club.
Fabian will assume the role of technical director as well. He also serves as the Head Coach for the semi-professional National Futsal Premier League's Grand Rapids Olé. As well as Michigan's State Futsal Director for United States Youth Futsal (USYF).
“This club is about more than soccer.” says Devon Joslin, Chairman of the Rapid City Football Club. "We have learned to focus on what divides us in recent years... Grand Rapids is an incredible city, but we are losing our sense of community." He continued, "I believe RCFC is a step towards bringing us together again. Our goal is to build a winning organization on and off the field -- something we can all be proud of."
Rapid City FC will compete against teams from Chicago, Rockford, Cincinnati, and Cleveland starting in December 2022.
“I have worked with a number of teams in different leagues and levels throughout the years and to be able to see this all come together, it is very special," said Louis Stephens III, who is team President for the Rapid City Football Club. "When we were notified that prominent M2 teams such as the Swerve, Crunch and Chicago Mustangs, were in our region at the MLIS, it was a match made in heaven. For us in Grand Rapids, it is a great fit at the perfect time. We have a community that is enriched in soccer tradition but has never had a professional soccer team to call our own. I love direction of the league and see a bright future for potential teams looking to join the league.”