Peoria City

Peoria City is Peoria’s own USL League Two pre-professional soccer team. With more than 70 team in the US and Canada, the USL League 2 is comprised of young players furthering their professional development while maintaining collegiate eligibility.

For its inaugural season, Peoria City has been placed in the League Two Central Conference Deep North Division with five other franchises: Des Moines Menace, FC Manitoba, Minneapolis City SC, St. Croix SC, and Thunder Bay Chill.

Our 14-game season runs mid-May through mid-July, and home games will be played at Bradley University’s Shea Stadium.

Team Leadership

Ruben Resendes Head Coach

Resendes is a rising star in the college soccer coaching community, having built an impressive, 74-8-3 (.888) record in his first five seasons as a head coach. 

Resendes’ staff has been named the United Soccer Coaches East Region Coaching Staff of the Year each of the last two seasons and he has coached the Ravens deep into the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship during each of his first three seasons at the New Hampshire university.

Brendan Pacheco Assistant Coach

For the past three seasons, Pacheco has assisted Resendes during a dominant run by the NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce men’s soccer program. 

Since the start of the 2019 season, FPU has accumulated a 41-5-3 (.867) overall record with deep NCAA Tournament runs and top 12 national rankings in each of the last three seasons. The Franklin Pierce staff has been named United Soccer Coaches East Region Coaching Staff of the Year each of the last two years.

Tim Regan General Manager

Former Bradley University standout who played six seasons in Major League Soccer, Tim Regan is Peoria City’s general manager. 

Tim is the Assistant Coach of Bradley University’s soccer team. After playing professionally, Tim’s career has included coaching and front-office experience for MLS, NASL, and US National Teams.

Jim DeRose  

Jim DeRose is the head coach of Bradley University’s soccer team. From conference championships to former players making the pros, his long list of accolades keeps growing.

Jim is as passionate about Peoria as he is soccer, and he has worked tirelessly to make Peoria City a reality in central Illinois.  


80% of MLS Draft Selections since 2010 Played in USL League Two

USL League Two is North America’s leader in pre-professional soccer​.

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