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Bugeaters FC
Full nameBugeaters FC
FoundedDecember 12, 2017; 15 months ago (2017-12-12)
GroundBeechner Athletic Complex
Coordinates 40°53′12″N 96°37′17″W / 40.886658°N 96.621321°W / 40.886658; -96.621321
OwnerJonathan Collura
ChairmanJonathan Collura
Head CoachMark Heath-Preston
2018Inaugural Season
Website Club website

The Bugeaters FC are a semi-pro soccer team based in Lincoln, Nebraska that currently competes in the Great Plains Premier League.


Bugeaters FC was announced as a United Premier Soccer League expansion team on December 12, 2017 [1]. The club was founded by Nebraska native Jonathan Collura. [2]

The club's name is homage to the old nickname of native born Nebraskans as "Bugeaters." [3]


Season League Conference Regular season Position Conf. Playoffs National Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
GP W L D GF GA Pts Conf. Overall
2018 USPL Midwest 8 3 2 3 17 15 12 3rd
(West Division)


Position Staff
Owner/Chairman Jonathan Collura
President/Technical Director Aaron Champenoy
General Manager Jordan Bartels
Head Coach Mark Heath-Preston

Last updated: March 3, 2018
Source: OWH: 1 2

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Mateo Cuartas
6 United States MF Erik Fahner
7 United States MF JT Seger
8 Germany MF Florian Daut
9 England FW Danny Whitehall
12 United States FW Tanner Miller
14 England DF Luke Batters
16 England MF Jacob Pease
18 England MF Lewis Rathbone
19 United States DF Damien Austen
20 Hong Kong DF Aries Fung
21 Germany FW Tobias Maertzke
22 United States DF Sam Klos
23 England MF Cain Smith
24 United States DF Matt Waldoch
26 United States MF Aaron Onion
27 United States DF Joe Connolly
28 El Salvador MF Ariel "Ricky" Ayala-Reyes
29 Tajikistan MF Shahin Tavarov
30 United States FW Micah Lehenbauer
No. Position Player
31 United States DF Jonah Garbin
32 United States MF Johnathan Lopez
33 United States DF Cole Horner
34 United States FW Stefan Foulke
-- England GK Harry Wray
-- Haiti GK Bekenson Fortune
-- Sudan DF Manut Wol
-- Jamaica DF Jaaziel Thompson
-- United States DF Allen Castaneda
-- Peru MF Edwin Espinoza
-- Brazil MF Murilo Ceruli
-- United States MF Mohamed Lamine
-- United States MF Zach Barnes
-- United States MF Nate Miller
-- United States MF Caleb Osmond
-- Liberia MF Mike Paye
-- Ecuador FW Marcelo Hernandez
-- United States FW Drew Miller
-- England FW Mark Heath-Preston
-- United States FW Dakheel Sulaiman



  1. ^ Robus, Clint (December 12, 2017). "Lincoln adding a UPSL development soccer team for spring 2018". Lincoln Journal Star. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Nebraska Bugeaters FC Launched in Lincoln". prleap. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Peters, Chris (December 12, 2017). "Soccer club coming to Lincoln in 2018 — with a name that's a nod to the past". Omaha World-Herald. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
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