Club Feature – Dynamo FC St. Cloud

It’s 2020, and SmallWorld is kicking off the New Year with one of our favorite series, the Club Feature.

This time around, we’ve got Central Minnesota’s Dynamo FC St. Cloud. Their year in 2019 included earning a promotion to the top tier of the Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL) and a deep run into Protagonist Soccer’s Copa de Insignias, a soccer crest competition between lower-league soccer teams across the country.

Now, though, they’ve truly hit the peak of their successes, because they’re in a feature with flippin’ SmallWorld Soccer!

Let me introduce our Dynamo insider who’s guiding us through today’s feature before I try to overhype myself again.

Ed Johnson is a co-founder of Dynamo St. Cloud as well as the current co-manager of the first team. Also, a shoutout to Logan, the face of the club’s social presence, is well-deserved since he got this whole feature started in the first place.

Anyway, Ed was kind enough to share on a number of topics regarding the club’s past, present, and future. First, though, he told me what his inspiration was in starting the club.

[It’s] the love of the game, to grow the game that gave so much to me through the years. I coached my son’s teams for 12 years. After he had finished his youth career I felt I still had something to give to the game.

Ed Johnson, he does the things for the team in the place

This is especially cool from somebody at the top of the club’s leadership.

Youth soccer in the US is a process that most of us can agree is broken, a system that many are overjoyed to get out of when their kids age out of it.

And Ed watched his son finish that very same system and told himself he could give more, do more for American soccer. What a motivational concept right there.

On top of that, there’s a refreshing emphasis on international representation within Dynamo’s teams, as Ed points out.

Nine different countries are represented by players that play for Dynamo. What a great way to bring the culture of all ethnic backgrounds together. All get along to achieve success.

Ed Johnson, aka “Special Ed” (that’s not actually his nickname please don’t sue me)

If that’s not the uniting power of lower-league American soccer at work, I don’t know what is. Hats off to Dynamo for emphasizing this aspect of their squad-building process.

Even more, there’s a great dynamic within the club’s system of teams within the MASL.

We have two teams, and it’s not seen as Level 1,2,3 or 4 team. We practice both teams together, and what is expected from the top level team is expected from the other. On any given day you can expect our D3 team to compete or BEAT the D1 team.

Ed, co-manager and co-founder: because sharing is caring

That’s saying something, because the first team has had a high level of success recently. This past year, they earned Central Minnesota’s first top-flight season ever in the MASL. They’ll enjoy the fruits of that labor as a top-flight team in 2020, and Ed says that has brought interest up in the local area.

Meanwhile, the long-term future is just as bright in St. Cloud as the present moment is.

Just because of the fact that we’re playing at D1 for the first time in the area, expectations are high. We’re having talks of adding a third team because of the success of the club. And as always the sky is the limit as what level is next for the club. Dynamo still has a lot to accomplish in the MASL.


All that to say, Dynamo St. Cloud has something special going on, and it was an absolute pleasure getting to learn that for myself with this feature.

Make sure you support DFCSTC by following their new Facebook page, their Twitter account, and their website. Grab some merch from their online store while you’re at it, and if you live in the area, you know what you need to do!

As Ed so brilliantly puts it:

We are all Dynamo; at the end of the day, it’s the Beautiful Game.

Ed, brilliant man

Watch local soccer, unify those around you, and seek out diversity!




By danny kotula

danny kotula is an aspiring sports writer and play-by-play commentator. unfortunately, he is not good at either one. his interests include watching soccer and listening to obscure music genres, and those aren’t even his most boring ones. he was born in Tacoma, Washington but has called South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, California, Georgia, and Costa Rica home over the course of his life. he generally knows where to put a comma, which is by far his most redeeming quality. he is writing this in third person as if he were famous enough for someone to write him a biography, but don’t be fooled. he’s not famous.

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