FC Springfield-SpringHigh Select, is pleased to announce a merger with the Kansas City based Legends Soccer Program. The union will continue the southwest Missouri club’s tradition of player-focused club soccer through a strengthened curriculum and opportunities for players beyond the Springfield market. The club will play under the name of â€œFC Springfield Legendsâ€.
“We are very pleased to be associated with a nationally respected, player-focused program that has helped produce both great players and individuals by doing what is right for kids.” said FC Springfield Youth Development Director, Clint Nurnberg. “Legends have laid a path similar to the one we have been cutting here in Springfield. This merger will solidify
our program and provide many benefits to our players and families”, Nurnberg added.
According to FCS Club Director Cliff Nurnberg, there are no concerns regarding the new association with a “big market” club. “The relationship will be reciprocal. We both gain from the union.” said Nurnberg. He explained “Kansas City respects what we have established here, and they know we could do just fine as FC Springfield alone. We will maintain complete control of our direction and budgets in Springfield, and it is clear that the merger’s pros outweigh the cons for our players and their futures”.
â€œFC Springfield, Cliff and Clint Nurnberg, and every other contact weâ€™ve had with the club has been quite impressive. Weâ€™re anxious to bring our positive developmental curriculum to the kids of southwest Missouri and unite with the first class group of coaches at FC Springfieldâ€ said Andrew Clifton, Legends Soccer Clubs Director and Drury Alumnus
FC Springfield was established in 2008 to provide a lower cost club soccer option and a “player first” program for the Springfield, Missouri area. The program has grown from 2 teams to 11 teams in two and a half years. FC Springfield also merged with SpringHigh Select in 2008 providing playing opportunities for players in the U5 through U19 age ranges.
Kansas City Legends started in 1988 and runs eleven teams from U8 to U18 in range from its Lenexa, Kansas headquarters. The club has expanded its presence in other markets near and in the Midwest.
FC Springfield Legends will hold tryouts on Monday, June 21st and Tuesday, June 22nd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Lake Country on Field 8.