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Organization set to start semi-pro soccer squad

A group of volunteers is establishing a semi-pro soccer club in the Columbia Gorge and they are looking for partners to help support this grass roots cause.

This is an international effort, involving participation by Brazilian players, who would like to bring their expertise to the Pacific Northwest.

The club, called SO Samba Futebol Club (FC), is a newly formed semi-professional soccer club.

This organization is the only semi-pro sports team in the gorge as well as one of the only clubs in the entire U.S. specifically focused on Brazilian style soccer.

The Columbia Gorge region would be the first affiliate in the Northwest for this national organization and there are chapters elsewhere in the United States, but none so far in Oregon or Washington

“The club’s dream is to help establish a soccer sports complex in The Dalles, but the scope of participation is regional,” said Columbia Gorge Community College administrator Dan Spatz.

Many organizers and administrators feel that the Columbia Gorge is an ideal region with a high ratio of youth soccer participation, a lack of other professional sport teams, a regional center of tourism and the Portland metro area within an hours drive.

“Our mission is to build exceptional players on and off the field and to help us achieve this,” said team spokesperson Melissa Brandao.

They plan to play the inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League, which is national but not yet represented in the Northwest Territories.

This organization has designed the SO Samba FC Player Incubator or ‘The Samba School,’ which is unique to this club – and the first of its kind anywhere in the soccer world.

The Samba School is a whole-self training program designed to build confidence and life skills that enable players to make better life choices.

“We are looking for sponsorships, host families, prospective players and local support to highlight the need for a turf field where our community can play.”

For more information, call 541-506-6110 or email dspatz@cgcc.cc.or.us.

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