Harrisburg City Islanders

Harrisburg City Islanders
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Full name Harrisburg City Islanders
Nickname(s) City Islanders, Harrisburg City, City
Founded 2004
Stadium Skyline Sports Complex
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
(Capacity: 4,000)
Owner United States Eric Pettis
Head Coach United States Bill Becher
League USL Pro
2011 Regular Season: 5th,
National Division: 2nd,
Playoffs: Runners-up
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

Harrisburg City Islanders is an American professional soccer team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at the Skyline Sports Complex, located on Harrisburg's City Island, where they have played since 2004. The team's colors are tropical blue, navy blue, and white. Their current head coach is Bill Becher.

The City Islanders also field a team in the USL’s Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age, operated by the United Soccer Leagues.

On March 1, 2010, the City Islanders entered into an agreement to become the official USL-2 affiliate club of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.



The City Islanders were an immediate success in the second division, finishing fifth in their inaugural season, and qualifying for the playoffs, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The City Islanders improved on this showing in their second year, as they finished third in the league with a 12-3-5 record, but were eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual champions, the Charlotte Eagles.

In 2005, Bill Becher, the Harrisburg coach, was named USL-2 Coach of the Year, while player Chad Severs was named Rookie of the Year, before moving on to the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

In 2007, the Islanders were the USL Second Division Champions. They also defeated Major League Soccer team D.C. United 1-0 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to reach the quarterfinals, where they subsequently lost to the New England Revolution. In 2009, they again defeated an MLS team to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, this time defeating the New England Revolution before losing to D.C. United. The Islanders repeated the feat in 2010, knocking off Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round of 16.

Colors and badge


Club culture

The Harrisburg City Islanders have two of their own supporters groups - the City Island Hecklers (or CI Hecklers) and the Sons of the Susquehanna (or SoS). The CI Hecklers often position themselves behind one goal while the Sons of the Susquehanna position themselves behind the other.[1][2] In addition to these two, members of the Sons of Ben (supporters of the Philadelphia Union) also provide support.


Players and staff

Current roster

As of July 31, 2011.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Phil Tuttle
3 United States DF Dustin Bixler
4 United States DF Geoff Bloes
5 United States DF Andrew Marshall
6 United States DF Jeritt Thayer
7 United States MF Vincenzo Bernardo
8 Kenya MF Brian Ombiji
9 United States FW Jason Herrick
10 England MF David Schofield
11 United States MF Jason Hotchkin
12 United States MF Andrew Welker
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Stephen Basso
14 United States FW Jordan Seabrook
16 United States MF J. T. Noone
17 Peru MF Nelson Becerra
18 United States MF Drew Yates
18 United States DF David Rodriguez
19 Colombia FW Jose Angulo
20 The Gambia FW Sainey Touray
22 United States MF Jason Pelletier
23 United States DF Anthony Calvano
33 United States FW Brian Ackley


  • United States Bill Becher - Head Coach
  • United States Steve Widdowson - Assistant Coach
  • United States Dave Kern - Goalkeeper Coach
  • vacant - General Manager

Notable former players

  • See also: All-time Harrisburg City Islanders roster

Head coaches

  • United States Bill Becher (2004-present)


  • USL Second Division Champions 2007



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2004 3 USL Pro Soccer League 2nd, Atlantic Quarterfinals Did not qualify 1,510
2005 3 USL Second Division 3rd Semifinals Did not qualify 1,604
2006 3 USL Second Division 7th Did not qualify Did not qualify 1,781
2007 3 USL Second Division 3rd Champions Quarterfinals 1,724
2008 3 USL Second Division 5th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 1,684
2009 3 USL Second Division 3rd Semifinals Quarterfinals 1,857
2010 3 USL Second Division 5th Did not qualify Quarterfinals 1,666
2011 3 USL Pro 2nd, National Finalist 2nd Round 1,404


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