Rhode Island FC

Rhode Island FC
FoundedDecember 2, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-12-02)
StadiumBeirne Stadium
Smithfield, Rhode Island
Head coachKhano Smith
LeagueUSL Championship
2024Inaugural season
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rhode Island FC is an upcoming American professional soccer club located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The club is planned to debut in the USL Championship in 2024.


On December 2, 2019, it was announced that a new soccer-specific stadium, named Tidewater Stadium, would be a centerpiece for a large development project in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[1] The stadium is proposed to seat at least 10,000 fans[2] and be connected to shops, apartments, offices, and a hotel in the $400-million plan. The initial goal was to have the team playing by 2023.

Due to inflation and delays caused by COVID-19, the project was pushed back until 2022 when construction on the project began.[3] The team is now expected to begin play in 2024.

On November 14, 2022, the team announced their name as Rhode Island FC and revealed their team crest and colors.

Former Bermuda national team captain Khano Smith, was named the team's first head coach and general manager on March 8, 2023.[4]

Rhode Island FC will play their inaugural 2024 season at Bryant University's Beirne Stadium while completing construction of the stadium at Tidewater Landing.[5]


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2024– Capelli Sport[6] Front: Breeze Airways[7]
Back: Rhode Island Energy[8]
Centreville Bank[9]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of December 11, 2023[10]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Koke Vegas  Spain
9 FW JJ Williams  United States
MF Conor McGlynn  United States
MF Amos Shapiro-Thompson  United States
DF Grant Stoneman  United States
FW Mark Doyle  Republic of Ireland
MF Prince Saydee  Liberia
MF Joe Brito  United States
DF Gabriel Alves  Brazil

As of July 18, 2023[11]
Front Office
President United States Brett Luy
General Manager Bermuda Khano Smith
Assistant General Manager United States Sean Carey
Chief Revenue Officer United States Vicky Lynch
Stadium General Manager United States Paul Byrne
Office Manager United States Julia Menendez
Technical Staff
Head Coach Bermuda Khano Smith
Assistant Coach United States Dave McKay
Assistant Coach / Director of goalkeeping United States Karl Spratt
Team Administrator United States Jason Gove

Team records[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular Season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Khano Smith[4]  Bermuda March 8, 2023 present 0 0 0 0 !


  1. ^ "Rhode Island Unveils 7,500-Seat Soccer-Specific Stadium Anchored by USL Championship Club". USL. December 2, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Pawtucket celebrates Tidewater Landing project coming to waterfront". ABC6. August 12, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Stadium groundbreaking moves Rhode Island toward 2024 debut in USL Championship". USL. August 12, 2022. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Rhode Island FC Names Khano Smith as Club's First Head Coach and General Manager". Rhode Island Football Club. March 8, 2023. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  5. ^ "Rhode Island FC Announces Partnership with Bryant University for 2024 Season". USLChampionship.com. USL Championship. Retrieved June 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "Rhode Island FC unveils home and away kits for inaugural USL Championship season". USLChampionship.com Staff. December 4, 2023. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  7. ^ Reimann, Ben (December 4, 2023). "Rhode Island FC Lands Breeze Airways as Front-of-Jersey Sponsor". rhodeislandfc.com. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  8. ^ Reimann, Ben (November 7, 2023). "Rhode Island FC Announces Rhode Island Energy as the Club's Exclusive Electric and Natural Gas Partner". rhodeislandfc.com. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  9. ^ Reimann, Ben (November 16, 2023). "Rhode Island FC Announces Partnership with Centreville Bank". rhodeislandfc.com. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  10. ^ "Rhode Island FC Signs First Player Ahead of Inaugural Season". Rhode Island Football Club. November 1, 2023. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  11. ^ "Front Office". Rhode Island FC. Retrieved July 18, 2023.

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