Small Town Iowa Fútbol

South Central Calhoun soccer players Mason Henry (left) congratulates teammate Kyle Poen (right) following the latter’s goal during the second half of April 23’s soccer match between the Titans and Pocahontas Area in Rockwell City. [Tyler Anderson/The Graphic-Advocate]

SCC soccer team takes to the pitch, spearheads grassroots movement

In this day and age, the game of soccer is contagious.

All over the globe, it is played nearly everywhere – from the back streets of Brazil to the well-manicured fields of England.

Compared to the rest of the world, who has openly embraced a sport populated by clubs who are religiously supported, the United States of America was a little late to the party. Compared to highly successful and tradition rich clubs such as Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Liverpool FC, Club América and Chivas, Major League Soccer’s oldest franchises date back to the domestic league’s inception in 1996.

Even more so, the sport of fútbol is a relatively new venture to the state of Iowa, as only the Des Moines Menace serves as The Hawkeye State’s lone professional side.

This new venture is inherently so in the realm of Iowa high school athletics, with beginnings in the state’s largest cities before filtering down to incoming programs such as East Sac County, Kuemper Catholic and Greene County.

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