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We have a league (in 2016)

Disclaimer: This is lower-league US soccer. Messy, complicated and unclear. Nothing is ever truly guaranteed. However, this is my best guess.

Hello guys, we will be playing in the ASL2 division of the American Soccer League during Summer 2016.

Before the detailed waffle, this is how ASL was described in an expansion release last year:
American Professional Soccer (APS) is the parent company of American Soccer League (ASL).  The APS founders’ vision is to have APS as a sanctioned professional league under USSF when the proper protocols and procedures have been established to fit under the Division 3 USSF guidelines.   In the meantime, ASL is the subsidiary of the APS and will play as a sanctioned league in the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).   Source: http://massunitedfc.com/mass-united-to-join-asl/#.VV5zelRGh5Q That meantime appears to include the hitherto professional only ASL developing this second division as a purely amateur operation - one where players can play in t…

Are you excited yet?

Are you ready to bring the noise, Green Army?The squad has been named, and they will roll into Cichy Stadium at Shanley High for the Green & Gold intra-squad scrimmage match on June 20th.Amongst the treats put on by the club will be inflatables and games from Games Galore and a chance to get acquinted with the 2015 players and coaches.You can also get your team gear and tickets for upcoming games if you haven't already.Thefirstcompetitivegame comes the following week: June 27th, overtheriveratMoorheadHigh against FC Minneapolis of the amateur, AmericanPremier League - which has four teams from the Twin Cities metro in it's inaugural lineup.Will see you in the stands.Tim

The first ever squad

Hello Green Army, now that the club's first ever squad has been announced, I can try to cast some light on how these came to the Mean Green.

The first thing you might notice is that 10 of the 28 players are either current or recently graduated members of the University of Jamestown programme which is the only competitive men's soccer programme in the area, and is coached by our own head coach Tommy Nienhaus.

Their team is well covered in the local press and well catalogued by their Sports Information Director so I thank them for that.

I also found guys with ties to Minnesota State University Moorhead , Concordia College and Moorhead High School, where we will begin play for the 2015 season, Fargo Davies and West Fargo High in the immediate area.

Slightly further afield,  we have a guy from Red River High in Grand Forks, a member of the Minnesota Thunder/ US Soccer Development Academy side, based at the NSC in Blaine, MN (most well known as home of Minnesota United FC) and a …

First midfield and attack

Midfield
Brady Rotert - from West Fargo and then University of Jamestown
Justin Froslie - from Moorhead High and then Jamestown
Nick Nguyen - from Moorhead High and then Jamestown
Logan Christensen - Minot High and then U of Mary in Bismarck George Anthony - Jamestown transfer from Genesee Community College (half way between
Buffalo & Rochester, Western NY), originally from Bath in western England.
Andy Mogga - from Beavercreek High and then Jamestown.
Faiz Musa - Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. Originally from Des Moines.
Amadu Myers  - Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD.
Rolando Danha - from Paris.

Forwards
Jade Johnson - from West Fargo. Now at Jamestown.
Braden Axtman - from Red River High School, Grand Forks, ND Miah Wills from Aberdeen Central High, SD and then Dakota County Technical College
Mach Chuol - possibly from Marshalltown Community College
Emra Beljuli and Sunaj Beljuli - from Mitrovica, Kosovo

First ever defence

Goalkeepers
Dominik "Dominator" Palaty from MN Thunder Academy, U-16 US Development Academy
Nicky Roberts from Dakota County Technical College in the Twin Cities metro. Steve Harris - from Lincolnton, NC then Jamestown

Habib Beljulji - from Mitrovica, Kosovo
Defenders Kody Duncan - from West Fargo then Jamestown
Jace Nybo - Bismarck then Jamestown
Ben Prochniak - West Fargo High then Jamestown
Derek Dreher - West Fargo High then Jamestown
Austin Peterson from Fargo Davies High then Jamestown
Ben Eastwell  director of community relations at the club -
Graduated from Jamestown, originally from Norwich in eastern England.
JP Soglo is from Benin
Possible roots:
Francis Agoro - from Lagos, Nigeria then MSUM