UTICA, N.Y. - Utica City FC made some moves in the interest of consistency, re-signing a trio of players for the upcoming season, Thursday.
Veteran defenders Ben Ramin and Domenico Vitle, along with midfielder Tim Goldman, have agreed to terms to return to the club.
All three are native to the Syracuse area.
Ramin, from Baldwinsville, has four years of experience in the MASL, spending the last two with Utica City FC after playing the previous two with the Syracuse Silver Knights prior to its move the Adirondack Bank Center.
He has scored 42 points (24g, 18a) over the course of his career, including 10 (3g, 7a) in 20 games this past season prior to its cancellation.
"We have unfinished business, and 2021 will be a massive year for Utica," Ramin said. "I am very proud to be a part of this great organization."
Vitale, a Syracuse native, has spent seven seasons in the league, where he will also be entering in his third with UCFC.
In his career, he has 16 points (8g, 8a) while boasting 74 shot blocks. In the shortened 2019-20 season, he had three assists and three blocks in 16 games played.
"I am very excited to put on the Utica jersey again this season," said Vitale. "It is time to get back into some normalcy and have something to fight for again; the city needs it, and I cannot wait for the start of the season."
Goldman, a native of Manlus, is back for his sophomore campaign after becoming a fan favorite for his enthusiasm and style as a rookie last year.
He scored his first professional goal on February 9 against Rochester at home. He also blocked two shots in 13 games played.
"To be honest, I can't stop smiling," Goldman said. "I'm beyond grateful and excited for this opportunity and I can't wait to play my heart out again for these amazing fans. Representing this club is such an honor and I'm determined and inspired to help this team achieve our goals and bring a championship to the great city of Utica."
With these signings, Utica City FC has 13 players on its roster as of now.
"Much of the success this team has had on the field is contributed to the camaraderie and culture we have created off the field," UCFC head coach Ryan Hall said about the signings. "We are very excited to bring back three core pieces to our organization. Dom, Ben and Tim are all local talented players who bring years of indoor experience back to the AUD."
The MASL regular season is set to begin on Jan. 2, but as of now, Utica City FC will not be playing in the month of January as the team continues to await guidance from New York State regarding fan attendance at professional sporting events.
UCFC is one of 11 teams committed to competing this season.