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Fuego FC Announces Adam Smith as Sporting Director

By Staff, 05/11/22, 2:30PM EDT


Smith brings wealth of coaching and playing experience to Fuego FC's front office

Smith brings wealth of coaching and playing experience to Fuego FC's front office | Image Credit: Central Valley Fuego FC

FRESNO, Calif. – Central Valley Fuego FC on Tuesday announced Adam Smith as the Sporting Director as the club continues its inaugural 2022 season.

With over a decade of coaching experience, Smith has served on the coaching staff of multiple USL Championship and MLS clubs. Most recently, Smith was the CEO and Director of Soccer with USL League Two side Ventura County Fusion. Before joining the Fusion, Smith was the head coach of former USL Championship side Fresno FC from 2017 to 2019.

Prior to moving to Fresno, Smith was the Assistant Head Coach for USL Championship's Sacramento Republic FC in 2016. Smith also spent a multi-year stint in MLS with the Portland Timbers, serving as the Goalkeeping Coach, Academy Director and Reserve Team Assistant Coach.

“I would like to thank Ranbir Shergill, owner of Ventura County Fusion, for providing me with an opportunity to get back into the game after the loss of Fresno FC.” said Adam Smith. “I would also like to thank Juan Ruelas for bringing professional football back to the Central Valley. Fuego FC will be a fantastic club, and it feels so good to be home. Dale Fuego!” 

Born in England, Smith was raised in Liverpool, Merseyside. He began his professional playing career in 1992 playing for Walsall FC of EFL League Two. Throughout his career, he competed for teams abroad in the Welsh National League, Scottish Premiership and Singapore Premier League. Additionally, Smith won consecutive USL titles in the professional ranks in the early 2000s, winning the USL D-3 Pro League with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002 and the USL Pro Select League with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2003.

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