About

Peoria City

Founded in 2020, our on the field debut in USL League Two was delayed until 2022 due to the global pandemic. Based at Bradley University’s beautiful Shea Stadium, we have ranked among USL League Two attendance leaders in each of our first two seasons, drawing nearly 1,200 fans per game in 2023 after qualifying for the USL League Two playoffs in our debut season in 2022.

USL League Two is North America’s premier pre-professional soccer league with more than 120 teams competing in 18 divisions across the United States and Canada in 2023. League Two is the defined and proven pathway for players to progress to the ranks of professional soccer, while its clubs become fixtures in the communities where they operate.

At the core of Peoria City’s values is our dedication to the community, fan-first mentality, supporting our players, and boosting the local economy.

In addition to the USL League Two club operations, Peoria City is aligned with the Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA), which provides year-round training opportunities for soccer players of all ages. Please visit www.centralillinoissocceracademy.com to learn more about CISA and its camps and training programs.

Team Leadership

Jim DeRose
President

Having worked behind the scenes to bring Peoria City to the Whiskey City, retired Bradley Soccer coach Jim DeRose officially assumes the role of club President as the franchise enters its third season in 2024.

Following his own playing career, which featured a season as goalkeeper for the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League, DeRose quickly established himself as one of the top coaches in college soccer.

Named the third head coach in Bradley Soccer history, DeRose was the youngest NCAA Division I coach in the nation when he took the helm for the Braves in 1996. During his 28 seasons at Bradley (1996-2023), DeRose became the second-winningest head coach in Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s soccer history history while accumulating 84 percent of the program’s 318 all-time victories.

The 2007 Soccer America National Coach of the Year led the Braves to seven Valley regular-season and tournament titles, as well as seven NCAA Tournament appearances, the most by any coach in Bradley Athletics history.

Bobby Parker
Chief Operating Officer

Following a 34-year career in college athletics as a student-athlete, communications officer and event manager, former Bradley University Sr. Associate Athletic Director Bobby Parker has joined Peoria City in a full-time capacity in 2024 as the club’s Chief Operating Officer.

The owner of Champion Experiences LLC, Parker served Peoria City in a consulting role as the club announced its entry into USL League Two in 2020 and he provided operational support and consulting services during Peoria City’s first two seasons. In his full-time role, Parker oversees the day-to-day, off-the-field operations of the club.

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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