The merger of Fusion Futbol Club & Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club
12/2/11 - Press Release - Announced the merger of the Clearwater Chargers & Fusion Futbol Club.
Two of the oldest and most tradition-rich youth soccer clubs in Florida - the Clearwater Chargers and Fusion FC - are pleased to announce a merger to become “Chargers Soccer Club”, effective with tryouts at the end of May 2012. The merger will provide soccer opportunities to youth players throughout the Tampa Bay region with programs and fields in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties, covering all sides of Tampa Bay.
Both clubs have a long history in the Tampa Bay area of developing players who have gone on to be successful in college programs, on U.S. Soccer national teams and in the professional ranks. The list includes current and former MLS standouts such as Kenny Cooper of the Portland Timbers, Bobby Boswell and Richard Mulrooney of the Houston Dynamo, Zac MacMath of the Philadelphia Union, Jeffrey Cunningham and Korey Veeder of the Columbus Crew, Blake Wagner of Real Salt Lake and Scott Bower of the San Jose Earthquakes.
“This is a great opportunity for two of the longest-standing clubs in Florida, let alone in the Tampa Bay area, to come together combining our resources to continue to provide local opportunities and player development with additional regional, national and international-level opportunities across the whole club,” said Jim DiNobile, Fusion FC Director of Soccer Operations.
- Peter Mannino, Clearwater Director of Coaching (nearly 20 years); USSF B license
- Jim DiNobile, Fusion FC Director of Soccer Operations (nearly 10 years); U.S. Soccer coaching and instructional staff and U.S. Soccer academy scout, USYS ODP Region III Staff Coach, USSF A license
- Garth Pollonais, Clearwater USSF Development Academy Director & U16 coach; USYS ODP Region III Staff Coach, USSF B license
- Mauricio Pesaresi, Fusion FC, Boys Director of Coaching; USYS ODP Region III Staff Coach, USSF A license
- Roberto Lopez, Clearwater USSF Development Academy U18 coach, U.S. Soccer Staff Coach; USYS ODP Region III Boys ‘88 Assistant Coach, former U20 Men’s National Team staff, USSF A license,
- Richard Chisolm, Fusion FC Girls Director of Coaching and Goalkeeper Director; USYS ODP Region III Staff Coach, USSF A license, USSF Goalkeeper license
- Tim Mulqueen, ClearwaterUSSFDevelopmentAcademy goalkeeper coach, former U17 National Team goalkeeper coach, USSF A license
- Steve Heighway, former Clearwater DOC, Liverpool FC player and director of Liverpool Youth Academy; currently a Clearwater technical advisor
- Kevin Clinton, Clearwater Goalkeeper Director; formerly of the Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Siggi Nagele, Clearwater college advisor, technical trainer; former Eckerd College women’s coach and FYSA ODP Staff Coach
- Roland Moldovan, Fusion FC club coach, speed & agility coach; FYSA ODP Staff Coach, USSF B license
Chargers Soccer Club will be a club where players of all abilities have a place to play, a club that stresses development of the soccer player, and a club that emphasizes - along with good soccer - striving to make a player the best person they can be through the principles of integrity, honesty, dedication and commitment.
The club’s new logo, currently being developed, will proudly display three stars signifying three national championships. Fusion FC (formerly Black Watch SC and the New Tampa Soccer Association) captured the 1985 U18/19 Girls national championship, while the Clearwater Chargers (encompassing the former Countryside Lightning Soccer Club) captured a pair of National Championships (1995 & 1997 James P. McGuire Cup, U-19 Boys).
The showcase facility for Chargers Soccer Club is Premier Sports Campus, located in Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County and featuring 22 fields and more than 140 acres. Currently serving as the site of the 2011 Nike International Friendlies and the USSF Development Academy Winter Showcase, the Premier Sports Campus will also host the highly successful Chargers Soccer Club Labor Day and Easter tournaments.