FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (also referred to as LVU Sonic) is an American soccer team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northeast Keystone Division.
The team plays its home games at the Whitehall High School Sports Complex in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The team's colors are pale blue and white.
FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (or LVU Sonic) was founded in 2009 by the non-profit organization Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV) to field a top-level team in the National Premier Soccer League, considered the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid and roughly equal to the USL Premier Development League, while also supporting youth development and coaching.
The team originally took its name from its youth club affiliate, FC Lehigh Valley United, and adopted "Sonic" from a corporate partnership with American restaurant chain, Sonic Drive-In, in a deal that lasted three seasons. This was also reflected in the club's logo, which was changed following the conclusion of the deal in 2012. The team shares its history and many former players with the successful Pennsylvania Stoners team, which won the NPSL Championship in 2008 but left the league at the end of the 2009 season.
The Sonic had a successful first season, finishing first in Northeast Division/Keystone Conference and making it to the semi-finals in the playoffs. Following a second place finish in 2011, the club returned to first place in the division in 2012 and defeated Chattanooga FC 1-0 in the championship game on July 29, 2012, winning their first league title.
Original FC Sonic logo 2009-2012
Players and staff
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