So long, Silver Knights- Indoor soccer team leaves Syracuse for Utica

The Syracuse Silver Knights are leaving Syracuse after seven years for Utica, where they'll be known as Utica City Football Club (file photo)

Some would argue the Syracuse Silver Knights lasted longer in the Salt City than so many gave them a chance to.

A perennial playoff contender, Syracuse's indoor soccer team did very well on the field.

However, it's a business, and the team consistently struggled at the gate and in turn, the bottom line was always touch and go.

Now, the team has to move.

The Commissioner of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), Joshua Schaub announced on Wednesday that the Syracuse Silver Knights will become Utica City FC, beginning this upcoming season.

The deal is sparked by partnership with the Utica Comets.

CEO of Mohawk Valley Garden, Robert Esche unveiled the team name, team logos and jersey design at the press conference on Wednesday in Utica. Esche also announced Tommy Tanner as General Manager.

Tanner of course, was an architect of the team in Syracuse and a fixture of Upstate NY soccer. A legendary figure with the Rochester Rhinos, Tanner won over soccer fans during his time with the Syracuse Salty Dogs too.

“I am very excited to help bring professional soccer to the City of Utica,” said Tanner. “Utica City FC and its players will become a staple in the local community. I cannot wait for the season to begin.”

Utica City FC will begin its’ season in December playing 24 games through March. 12 of those games will be played at their home field, Adirondack Bank Center. The playoffs to award the champion the Ron Newman Cup will begin after the regular season ends.

Season tickets are on sale, starting at $80 beginning Thursday.

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