Originally formed in 1999, The Kraze name has been synonymous with soccer in Central Florida for over 15 years. The 1999 team played its first game on April 16th in the PDL - United Soccer League, competing in the Southeastern Division. The opening match was witnessed by an enthusiastic 1,100 plus fans at Edgewater High Stadium in College Park.
The original roster included current ownership – Joe Avallone (UCF), Tim Geltz (USF) & Didier Menard (UCF). Other members included Mike McAvoy (Winter Park), Frank Cilento (West Florida), Tony Naim (Georgia Southern) Alex Acosta (Nova SE), David Mackey (Wake Forest), Kirk Mackey (UCF), Quinn O’Sullivan (Cornell), Mark Lewis (FIU), Dusty Reineke (UNC-Charlotte), Travis Weeks (Vanderbilt) and Mike Zigler (USF). High school standouts included Lake Mary’s Donald McIntosh (Duke) & Lake Brantley’s Marcello Cerminato (Georgia Southern), Oviedo's Ben Luker (Wingate), Winter Park's Sage Martina and Pine Ridge's Daniel Pontes.
The primary goal of the club back then was similar to today. Developing young, talented local players and providing the local community an affordable yet very competitive soccer experience. Joe Avallone, was an original owner, team head coach and player. He’s given up the playing however he’s just as active today as back in it beginning.
It didn’t take long for the Kraze to catch the attention of the league and local community. Here’s a small list of some of the accomplishments of the Kraze over the past 15 years.
- 150 wins in the USL over 14 years
- Won the USL-PDL National Championship in 2004
- 7 times qualified for the Lamar US Open Cup
- 10 Kraze players went on to play in the MLS
The pinnacle came in 2004 when the Kraze won the USL - Professional Developmental League National Championship.