A quartet of community organizations came together for a soccer jamboree and clinic ahead of Minnesota United’s record-breaking game against LA Galaxy. Esperanza NCLC, a Spanish ministry offering spiritual and physical hope, hosted a free soccer clinic for the ministries' surrounding communities. The Sanneh Foundation provided young coaches who led campers through a variety of soccer drills and games. True North Elite — one of Minnesota United’s supporters groups — showcased their loyalty to team as their volunteer branch the “Keepers of The North” provided support at the clinic, singing the chants that echo throughout the stadium on game days. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office volunteered at the clinic where everyone was given Delta Dental dental kits and Matter snacks.
Minnesota United’s Brent Kallman hosted a soccer clinic for 90 attendees. The defender dropped knowledge bombs, ran through drills, and even played in the coaches versus campers game that concluded the event. Kallman hails from Woodbury and graduated from the Royals soccer program in 2009. With technology demanding everyone’s attention, the Creighton Blue Jay understands that soccer can be an outlet for children looking to turn their eyes away from a screen. “It’s really good for the kids to get outside and run around and make sure that they’re getting that exercise,” Kallman said. “It’s such a simple game, all you need is a soccer ball and some space.”
The free soccer camp gave everyone the chance to get out on a cold Saturday and bring the community together with the hopes of inspiring children who haven’t played soccer before to fall in love with the game. Asked how he was going to stop LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in last Sunday’s final home game, Kallman smiled and replied, “I promise I’m going to use my head a lot.”