Western Nevada FC, a 4th Division team with the United Premier Soccer League, officially signed eight players to its roster.
General manager and head coach Ian Hill opened the event by discussing some of the goals of the program. “We want to make dreams come true,” Hill said. “We want to be an inspiration to the community. We want to give the community something to be proud of.”
Hill also stated that the UPSL has expanded to the US Northeast, with teams located in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, among others. “We want to win a national championship,” Hill mentioned.
Play in the Northeast Region is expected to begin in the Fall 2017 season.
Kelsey Waller, a graduate of McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, echoed Hill’s sentiments. When talking about one thing that is important to him about being with WNFC, Weller mentioned winning a national championship. “This is a great bunch of guys signing tonight,” Weller said.
Anthony Chinchilla, a graduate of Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada, was very excited to sign with the club. “(This is) the next step to my soccer career. This is the most important night of my life.”
Two Australians also signed with WNFC. William Nuttall, a former member of Melbourne City FC, a top division team in Football Federation Australia, was also excited for this next step. “I have been working a long time to become a professional footballer,” he said.
David Booth, from Sydney, Australia, talked about the sacrifices made. “My family and friends have sacrificed a lot for me to be here,” he said.
Giovanni Camargo-Lopez, a graduate of Reed High School, summed up the night best. “Not everybody gets an opportunity. I’m stoked to start a new adventure and represent our community,” he said.
Also signing contracts were Martin Loaiza, a graduate of Coral Academy of Science in Reno, NV; Taylor Culp from Sacramento, CA and currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, and Julio Cortes, a graduate of Reed High School.
Last chance tryouts are being held on Sunday, January 29 at Golden Eagle Sports Complex in Sparks, NV. Tryouts will be held from 12:30 – 4:30 pm.
Season tickets are now being sold for 30 home games during 2017. For more information on tickets, tryouts, or anything else, contact GM Ian Hill at (775) 800-3347.