Ohio Vortex

Ohio Vortex
Founded 2009
Dissolved 2013
Ground Canton Civic Center
Canton, Ohio
Ground Capacity 4,500
Executive Director Jodi Wayble
Head Coach Denzil Antonio
League Professional Arena Soccer League

Ohio Vortex was an American professional indoor soccer team based in Canton, Ohio. They joined the Professional Arena Soccer League in 2009. The Ohio Vortex was a non-profit organization that donates a portion of their revenue to local charities. The team was founded by former Canton Invaders player Nick Bogdan.[1]

The Ohio Vortex ended their inaugural season 8-8. The club was coached by Canton Invaders legend Denzil Antonio.[1] The team folded after the 2012–13 season.


Year League Record GS GA Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2009–10 PASL-Pro 8-8 120 136 3rd Eastern Did Not Qualify 517
2010–11 PASL-Pro 2-14 82 119 4th Eastern Did Not Qualify 492
2011–12 PASL 4-12 100 145 6th Eastern Did Not Qualify 418
2012–13 PASL 1-15 40 169 5th Eastern Did Not Qualify 210


The Ohio Vortex could have continued the tradition that its predecessor had by calling themselves the Canton Invaders.[2] However, founder Nick Bogdan wanted a unique name and not one that has been recycled by other sports teams. The team got its Vortex name as a result of the charity work that it does. He called the team the Vortex because the team plays for a variety of charities that pull people in from all over the state to help support the causes.[3]

The Vortex began play in the 2009–10 season at the Cleveland Metroplex Events Center in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, before settling into the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.[1] On October 26, 2012, the team announced it was moving to Oberlin, Ohio and play their home games at the Gameday Sports Center.[4] The team then relocated to the Pinnacle Sports Complex in Medina, Ohio, after the first two home games. The team folded after the 2012–13 season.


Current roster

As of February 11, 2012 vs. Cincinnati Kings [5]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Richard Ott
2 United States FW Ben Truax
6 United States MF Max Hiltner
9 United States DF Jared Dombrowski
10 United States FW Ryan McClay
12 United States MF Judson McKinney
15 United States MF Nate Yates
17 United States MF Stefan Ostergren
18 United States DF Matt Dagilis
19 United States DF Ronnie Stolz
No. Position Player
21 United States MF Steve Gillespie
22 United States DF Chad Flath
23 United States DF David Hickey
25 United States MF Mike Balogun
33 United States FW Andy Lorei
37 United States MF Jordan Zapotechne
43 United States GK Michael Mason
77 United States FW Bryan Henson
88 United States MF John Zapotechne
99 United States DF Ross Ashley


A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold to a Vortex game will be given to diverse local non-profit organizations that work for the greater good. At the end of their inaugural season, approximately $10,000 was given to charities in Northeast Ohio.[6]



  1. 1 2 3 Popvich, Mike (November 12, 2009). "Ohio Vortex will follow an unusual business model". The Repository. Canton, OH. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  2. Popovich, Mike (November 12, 2009). "Vortex owner wanted a unique name". The Repository. Canton, OH.
  3. Sautters, Denise (January 9, 2010). "Fans get a kick out of Canton's new Vortex indoor soccer team". The Repository. Canton, OH.
  4. Liese, Cindy (October 27, 2012). "Ohio Vortex to play at complex in Oberlin". The Chronicle-Telegram. Elyria, OH. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. "The Vortex Insider". International Soccer Network. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  6. "Charity Partners Announced for the Ohio Vortex". Our Sports Central. September 30, 2010.
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