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Sep, 2016

Friday Ignition

KC Legends Soccer Club

Future Legends' player, Cassidy Brown gets a hug from a FCKC player.

Coaches Corner

Chad was born in Overland Park, KS and was raised in the Kansas City area.   He was on the 79/80 Legends club that won multiple indoor national championships and was a runner up at the U16 outdoor National Championship in Indianapolis.  He was the U12 MVP and leading goal scorer at the first indoor National Championship. Chad was a member of the Kansas ODP team for six years and was selected to the Regional Team in 1996 and 1997.  Chad attended Shawnee Mission South High School and received several honors (including All-State, All-Metro, etc.).  In his senior year, Chad received the National High School All American award and was given the award by his life long hero, Pele.  Shortly after graduating high school Chad played two seasons for the Kansas City Brass in the PDL league.  He attended and played for Brigham Young University where he earned a degree in Business Communications.  He was the leading goal scorer as a freshman (24 goals) and was able to play against team in Europe, South America and Mexico. During his undergraduate studies, Chad dedicated two years of his life to participate in volunteer missionary work across the country Jamaica.  Chad continued his charity work after graduating from school when he and a few peers started a non-profit organization called Football and Education International in Accra, Ghana.  The focus of that program was to teach youth the importance of leadership and education while engaging in wholesome activities like soccer.  Chad enjoys playing soccer, running, reading, skiing, enjoying fun activities with his family and traveling the world.

In Chad’s free time he loves to read, travel around the world, cook BBQ on his smoker and play with his family.  He married his wife Monet in 2003 and together has four beautiful children (Maleah, Kai, Nya and Loic “Z man”).  He has coached in the Legends club on and off since 2007 and currently co-coaches his second daughter, Kai who has been with the club since she was four years old.  

Favorite Quote:
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." –Ralph Waldo Emerson.”  


Referees Needed

It is that time of year again.  KC Legends will be hiring referees for their indoor winter leagues.  Games will run on  Saturday’s and Sunday’s from Oct. 22nd 2016 to March 4th 2017.

You do not need to be a certified referee (however knowledge of the game is needed).  Students, this is a perfect way to work around your busy school schedule. Parents, this is a great way to earn some extra money for holiday shopping. We pay more than fast food restaurants. 

Things you do need:

·         You need to be at least 15 years old.

·         You need to have a stopwatch (not your phone) and a whistle.

·         You need to be dependable.

·         You need to be assertive.

·         You need to have knowledge of the game of soccer.

We pay between $10.00-$15.00 per game depending on the age of the teams.  All games are 55 minutes in length. 

Interested candidates, please send me an email with your name and phone number. Let me know if you have previous experience or are interested in learning how to become a referee.  We will have some training dates coming up that you will need to get registered for.   

Thank you

Sheila Ozburn 



Heartland News

One of the recent additions to the Swope Park Rangers may be a new face to the organization but not a new face to the Kansas City soccer community...

Midfielder Patrick Wilkinson, who signed with the Rangers on August 18, is a proud member of Heartland Soccer Association as he has played organized soccer since age 6 and with Sporting KC Academy since 2012. The 17-year-old made 25 appearances for the Academy in the 2015-16 season while splitting time between the U16s and U18s. He started three games while playing up with the U18s, including in the Development Academy Playoff Quarterfinal against FC Dallas.


Before playing for the Academy, he was a member of the Kansas City Legends.


"The KC Legends mean a lot to me. Without the coach's and organization's philosophy that is centered around skills, I wouldn't be where I am today," Wilkinson said. 


Growing up in Kansas City, Wilkinson knew he wanted to play professional soccer since the moment he started kicking a soccer ball. His dream now is quickly becoming a reality. 


That August day that he received the call from the Rangers is a day he will never forget. 


"It means everything. I've grown up watching Sporting KC and dreaming of being a part of it. Now I'm one step closer."


But he knows it won't be a walk in the park. 


"The biggest challenge is the physical one. Playing with grown men means that they are bigger and faster than you. You have to adapt to it, and learn how to play quicker. The rewards are the lessons."


While his dream is still to play for Sporting KC his goal is to help SPR make the playoffs. 

"You have to have a winning mentality, you have to be able to bounce back, and you can never give up."



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