SIOUX CITY, Iowa (Iowa Media Wire) – For the first time since the 1990’s, semi-pro soccer is back in Sioux city. Siouxland United FC giving players from Iowa, Nebraska, south Dakota and beyond a shot at fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“I was in school and it came up on my phone and I was like wow, I signed up right away. Like I said, it’s a great opportunity to a lot of local kids, there’s a lot of talent here in Sioux City and the Siouxland area, so it’s good,” Alejandro Suarez from Sioux City said.

“I’m just going to give my 200%. I place all my confidence in God and I give 100% of what I do,” Nizar Essekkat from France and Morocco said.

Nearly four months after announcing the National Premier Soccer League’s latest expansion team, Siouxland United FC are wasting little time to work on the roster.

“We’ve been working on this for the last six months pretty heavily. When I was 14, I used to go to the Sioux City Breeze games, and that is actually what birthed the vision, the idea, the passion because I remember when I was a player how much I enjoyed going to the games,” Siouxland United Co-Owner Jesse Castillo said.

More than 70 athletes all vying for a spot on the inaugural Siouxland United squad.

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“We’re going to jump into some passing drills basically, so we can analyze the technical abilities. Then some possession drills to see where their soccer IQ is like and then scrimmage. Scrimmage scrimmage scrimmage,” Siouxland United Head Coach Robbie Carroll said.

Earning a spot on the team is easier said than done. It’s a challenge these players have been waiting for.

“Bringing that, you know, semi-pro team here is something that all of us dreamed of at a young age. If I could talk to my younger self I know he would be proud of himself right now,” Emmanuel Coronado from Sioux City.

“My mom was pretty excited with this is news as well because I go to school four hours away and I’m playing soccer over there and it’s long drives for her to come watch me play so if I’m playing here in Sioux City again, she’ll enjoy that for sure,” Suarez said.

“If you can’t play anymore, you teach or coach and that’s what I’m doing now. I absolutely love it, I live, breathe, sleep and eat the game. My son is named after a professional soccer player, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” Coach Carroll said.

Siouxland United will hold two more tryouts, one on February 10 in Norfolk, Nebraska and another on February 25 in Sioux center, Iowa.


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