Thoroughbreds Train Here
As a high school soccer coach at SM West and BV North, I had the privilege to coach some of the finest players to come through the Johnson County area. In the past 28 years, I have coached teams to state titles and seen many players go on and play in college and a few even make it to the professional level. In addition, I have seen some players who were technically brilliant and incredibly athletic. On the other end of the spectrum, players still entered our program having played soccer for years but still lacked the technical skills to be successful at the high school level. I found it very surprising that even now some players lacked the skills that create good technical play. I began to think back to my childhood and how much time I spent touching a ball, kicking it up against a wall and practicing moves that I saw on “Soccer Made In Germany” on Sunday mornings on PBS.
I began to realize that many of these kids did not have that experience and were not spending the time on the ball that was required at the early stages of development in the game. When my kids became old enough to play I wanted to coach them to provide the experiences and training needed to become excellent technically and still keep the game fun. The more I progressed into coaching youth club soccer I began to realize the importance of reaching kids early with individual skill practice and maintain both challenging and fun activities to develop into high level players. I have spent the past few years coaching my children’s club teams from recreational and then independent premier.
Now, with the age change that is coming and its implications I was at a crossroad as to what to do with my three teams. Do we move into a bigger club and let the teams dissolve or do we stay together and create our own club? After much thought and deliberation, I chose to do the latter and so came Mustang United FC.
During the 2019-2020 Soccer Season we had the following teams:
Boys - 2005, 2006 (two teams) 2007 (two teams) 2009 (two teams)
Girls - 2004, 2006, 2007 (two teams), and 2008/2009
We are a small club with 12 teams and we have five coaches on staff: Tom Holland, director, Tim Wiseman, Steve Hodes, Jason Lee, and Erik Johnson. Last year we practiced twice a week at Garmin Soccer Complex at K-7and Ridgeview in Olathe, KS. Our current plan is to continue practicing at the same location for the 20-21 seasons.