The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that the First State FC
Midnight Riders (Wilmington, DE) have joined the league as an expansion team. The club will
begin competition in the Northeast Region’s Keystone Conference in 2020.
“This is an exciting new market for the NPSL,” NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said.
“Wilmington is a fantastic soccer community and we expect that this club will have huge success
on and off the field under the NPSL brand.”
First State FC was founded in 2019 with the goal of expanding opportunities for both soccer
players and fans alike in Delaware. They believe in the power of sport and that soccer
strengthens the community by bringing people together and teaching important life skills to those
willing to engage. The club intends to partner with local youth soccer leagues and non-profit
organizations to expand access to playing opportunities and support young players in their soccer
The Midnight Riders are led by Dave Holloway, Don Holloway, Kyle Evans Gay, and Chibsah
Majority Owner Dave Holloway will serve as President and General Manager of First State FC.
He is also the Managing Member of Holloway Law, a law firm located in Wilmington,
Delaware. Minority Owner Don Holloway will serve as VP of Sales and Marketing of First
State FC. He is a veteran executive of both the music and telecom industries.
“We’re here to make some noise,” Dave Holloway added. “We want to showcase the courage
and independence that our state – the First State – stands for. We will develop strong rivalries
with neighboring teams. In First State FC, the NPSL will have gained not just a team, but also a
thriving and boisterous soccer community.”
Minority Owner Kyle Evans Gay is an attorney practicing corporate law in Delaware and also
serves on the boards of a number of local non-profit organizations. Chibsah Faisal will serve as
the first head coach in First State FC history. He played Division I soccer at the University of
Delaware, where he is now an assistant coach. He is also a coach at Delaware FC, the state’s
largest youth soccer organization.
“We are excited to be jumping into a thriving league,” Dave Holloway continued. “We know
there is stiff competition in our conference, but our expectations from day one are to compete for
the conference title while also giving our fans an exciting, engaging atmosphere during our home
More information about the club can be found at www.firststatefc.com or by following the club
on Facebook (@firststatefc), Instagram (@first_state_fc), and Twitter (@FirstStateFC).
“The NPSL is excited to break into the Delaware market and fill a gap that existed in the region,”
NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case concluded. “First State FC brings a solid
ownership group with a strong passion for the game. We look forward to seeing great things
from them in their inaugural season.”
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at