Erie Commodores FC

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Erie Commodores FC
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Full name Erie Commodores Football Club
Nickname(s) Commodores
Founded 2009
Stadium McConnell Family Stadium
Erie, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 2,500
Owner John Melody
Head Coach Dan Howell
League National Premier Soccer League
Website Club home page
Current season

Erie Commodores FC is an American professional soccer team based in Erie, Pennsylvania which competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a nationwide amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team plays their home matches at McConnell Family Stadium.

The "Commodores" name alludes to Oliver Hazard Perry, a United States Navy commodore who based his operations at Erie's Presque Isle Bay during the Battle of Lake Erie, a flashpoint in the War of 1812. The "Don't Give up the Ship" motto on the crest also derives from Commodore Perry.


Pedro Argaez, a local soccer coach, formed Erie Admirals SC in 2009, developing the club from an established youth soccer program by the same name. John Melody, an alumnus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, served Argaez as head coach, later acquiring full ownership while continuing to lead the team. On April 24, 2015, Melody officially re-branded his club as Erie Commodores FC.[1] He also hired fellow Mercyhurst graduate, Micky Blythe, as head coach for one season. Subsequently, Neil Brown, who received an internationally prestigious “A” license from UEFA, helped lead Commodores FC in their 2015 NPSL campaign.[2]

Several players who once played for Commodores FC moved on to the professional soccer ranks: Adam Clement with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer (MLS); Jeremy Deighton, Greg Blum, and Neil Shaffer with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League; Dan Howell in Iceland; and Billy Colton in New Zealand.

Erie Commodores FC has rivalries with other Great Lakes region NPSL clubs, to include AFC Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio), FC Buffalo (Buffalo, New York), Fort Pitt FC Regiment (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and Detroit City FC (Detroit, Michigan).


Year Tier League Regular Season Playoffs
2009 4 NPSL 1st of 6, Eastern Keystone Final
2010 4 NPSL 2nd of 7, Northeast-Keystone Did not qualify
2011 4 NPSL 1st of 8, Northeast-Keystone National Semifinals
2012 4 NPSL 1st of 5, Midwest-Great Lakes Division Final
2013 4 NPSL 3rd of 6, Midwest-Great Lakes National Semifinals
2014 4 NPSL 2nd of 4, Midwest-Great Lakes East Did not qualify


  • NPSL Great Lakes Division regular season champions, 2012
  • NPSL National semifinalist, 3rd Place winner, 2011
  • NPSL Northeast Region champions, 2011
  • NPSL Keystone Division champions, 2011
  • NPSL National runners-up, 2009
  • NPSL Northeast Region champions, 2009
  • NPSL Keystone Division champions, 2009



  • Republic of Ireland John Melody (2010–present)
  • Mexico Pedro Argaez (2009–2010)

Head coach

  • United States Dan Howell (2015–present)
  • England Micky Blythe (2014)
  • Republic of Ireland John Melody (2009–2013)[3]

Assistant coach

  • Wales Neil Brown (2011–2014)
  • England Micky Blythe (2009–2013)



  1. "Erie's NPSL Team Rebrands as Erie Commodores FC". International Soccer Network.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. About the Erie Commodores Football Club
  3. "Melody steps down as Admirals coach". Erie Times-News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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