Penn FC announced the start of their preseason workouts yesterday on social media and shared the first images of the 2018 squad at work. But there was one big question about the 2018 season that remained unanswered, who would be coaching? Well Penn FC didn’t make fans wait too much longer to find out as they officially announced that Raoul Voss would be taking over as Head Coach for the 2018 season.
Voss comes to Harrisburg after serving as the assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the last two seasons. Before that he was also the assistant coach with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL. The early opinion online is that this was a solid move for Penn FC, with most of Tampa Bay Rowdies faithful saying that they were sorry to see Voss go.
Originally from Germany, Voss played college soccer at Florida International University before his playing career was cut short due to knee injuries. However, it was these injuries that ultimately pushed him to focus on a career in coaching instead. It’s all covered in this excellent video from Tampa Bay.
After Rush Soccer President Tim Schulz was appointed as general manager for the team, it had seemed likely that the head coach was going to be someone from the Rush ranks, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Voss has no past connections to Rush Soccer, but he did mention that he was exited to take advantage of the relationship between Penn FC and Rush.
Fans will get their first opportunities to catch Voss’s coaching during Penn FC’s five match preseason schedule. The first match is currently set for Friday, February 16th against LIU Brooklyn and will be played at the Lower Dauphin Middle School. The rest of the schedule includes matches against in-state rivals Bethlehem Steel and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as Binghamton University and New York Red Bulls II.