The Zanesville Athletic Football Club held its third series of tryouts at the Maysville Athletic Complex on Sunday. Local players braved the cold for a shot at making the first ever roster for Zanesville AFC. Around ten players have committed to the team, with about 20 spots remaining. The club is starting from scratch under owner Josh Stocker. Several years of planning will finally come to fruition for Stocker and head coach Brandon Ponchak this season.
The club will compete in the Midwest-Great Lakes Division of the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), which is the fourth and highest tier of amateur soccer in the United States. Zanesville Athletic’s first home game is set for May 19th against in-state rival Cleveland FC. They will play all their home matches at Maysville Athletic Complex on the campus of Maysville High School.
Club consultant Mike Amicone said many players participating in the tryout were "from 25 to 30 years old." Players from South Africa and Canada were in the mix for roster spots. Several Muskingum County players also participated in the action.
Head Coach Brandon Ponchak organized the drills and surveyed talent from the sidelines. Both Ponchak and Stocker are excited about the opportunity to start the club in Zanesville.
The club’s full schedule, along with other details can be found on their website: zanesvilleAFC.com.