Med City FC adds another local player to the 2017 inaugural roster!

Mark Habeck, from Winona, Minnesota, attended the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, graduating with a degree in Biology. Mark served as captain of the soccer team as a junior and a senior. He also received numerous honors from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), including: 2015 UMAC All-Conference 2nd Team, 2014 UMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, and 2013-2015 UMAC Academic All Conference.

Off the pitch, what do you like to do for fun?
“When I am not playing soccer I really enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, family, and friends. I also enjoy being outside (except during the cold Minnesota winters) and going hiking, camping, and exploring new places.”

Why did you start playing soccer?
“I started playing soccer when I was really young, probably around 4 or 5 years old, and have loved playing ever since. It is a unique game and it has always appealed to me over any other sport.”

Where do you find your soccer inspiration?
“I like watching Premier League, Champions League, or MLS games whenever I get the chance. One team that I follow more closely is Arsenal; I would say they are one of my favorites.”

What excites you the most about playing for Med City FC?
“I am really excited to be a part of the inaugural season and play for a local team at a higher level. Plus Luke, Frank, and the other coaches are great people to work with and learn from. I am also excited for the challenges that will come and developing new team comradery.”

Meet the latest additions to the Med City FC 2017 roster!

Med City FC is excited to announce the addition of three more players to our inaugural roster.

Gracious Kasheke, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, attends Dalhousie University and is studying neuroscience. He started playing organized soccer at age 14 for Halifax Dunbrack. After a year, Gracious was invited to play for the U15 Nova Scotia provincial team, and from there was chosen to play for Team Atlantic in Nationals. When Gracious returned from Nationals, he began playing for Farias Soccer Academy.


Nick Bryden grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and moved across the country to Halifax, Nova Scotia with his family when he was eight years old. He recently graduated from Halifax West High School and currently plays for Farias Soccer Academy, training there up to 11 hours per week.


Dan Zinck is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has been playing soccer since he was five years old. Currently, he is a senior at Newbridge Academy. In his early teens, he played for team Nova Scotia and the Canada Games team, and has travelled to Switzerland, England and Scotland to play soccer. Dan also plays for Farias Soccer Academy.


Off the pitch, what do you like to do for fun?
Nick: “Off the pitch, I like to hang out with friends and family, as well as coaching soccer to kids at my academy.”

Why did you start playing soccer?
Gracious: “I started playing football because I have an awesome older brother who played. When I was younger, I wanted to be just like him. He would take me out to play with him and I loved it because I became good at it. My dad was actually the first to bring us into football. Growing up, he encouraged us to play and would practice with us when he could.”

Who or which team do you find your soccer inspiration?
Dan: “I find soccer inspiration from my coach at home and older players at FSA, which is my academy in Halifax.”

What excites you the most about playing for Med City FC?
Gracious: “What excites me the most about playing for Med City FC is playing for a team that has a good community base. Being a new team means we have an opportunity to make a great name for our team and our city. The people in Rochester are very nice, welcoming people and I’m proud to represent them on and off the pitch.”

Nick: “What excites me the most about playing for Med City FC is how well we will compete in our first season in the league. Also, I’m looking forward to building strong bonds with my teammates.”

Dan: “I’m excited to play for Med City FC because of the strength of the squad and the competition we pose in our first year in the league.”

More players named to the 2017 roster!

Med City FC is thrilled to announce four more players to the inaugural roster.

Joan Carles “J.C.” Perez, from Barcelona, Spain, currently attends Lindenwood University — Belleville in Belleville, Illinois. Before deciding to change his life and come to the United States, J.C. played soccer in Spain for C.F. Damm and C.E. L’Hospitalet. He also had the chance to trial with Real Madrid CF and Real Zaragoza in 2013 and 2014, respectively.


Dion Dozzell is from Ipswich, United Kingdom and attended Copleston High School. Currently, he plays for North Iowa Area Community College, but has committed to Division II, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Champions, Concordia College in Bronxville, New York for Fall 2017. Dion has previously played for Bury FC Academy and represented the Suffolk County FA team as a youth player in England.


Thilo Wilke, from Wurzburg, Germany, comes to us from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While in Germany, he attended high school in Schweinfurt, Bavaria and studied at Julius-Maximilians-Universitat in Wurzburg, Germany. During his final season as a youth player, Thilo received an offer from FC Carl Zeiss Jena, which, at the time, was a professional team in the third German league. He also played for different clubs in the second and third highest amateur leagues in Germany.


In 2004, Moe Tageldin began his career with Atromitos FC Reserve in Athens, Greece. He also spent one year furthering his training and development with Atromitos FC and Egaleo A.O., members of Greek Super League. Moe came back to the United States to play soccer and continue his studies at Hamline University, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, Moe played for Rochester Thunder, former club in the Premier Development League and was trial finalist in 2012 for the San Jose Earthquakes.


Off the pitch, what do you like to do for fun?
J.C.: “I like to hang out with friends. I also consider myself a family guy because I really like to do activities with my family. But, to be honest, what I like most is to be on the field improving my skills.”

Moe: “My time is mostly spent with family and friends. I also love to travel!”

Why did you start playing soccer?
Dion: “In England, it’s in our blood to play the game. Even more so since my Dad played professional for Tottenham and Ipswich, which was a huge factor, I think.”

Who or which team do you find your soccer inspiration?
Thilo: “The Spanish and German national teams inspired me when they won the World Cup the last few years. They played fast with a good structure and amazing combinations in the offensive. Also, the Spanish teams like FC Barcelona show a new way of playing soccer with great technique, skills and fast combinations.”

What excites you the most about playing for Med City FC?
J.C.: “Playing for Med City FC is an honor. Also, there is a special motivation for me because being part of the first roster for the team is something exciting. I think our team has a lot to win!”

Dion: “I’m looking forward to being able to play soccer all summer for a very exciting organization!”

Thilo: “First, it’s a great experience when you can help build a new team. The second reason is the coaches and general manager who gave me a really good feeling. Also, with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine there are so many opportunities to practice and to become a better player. The last reason is the area. During my stay in Rochester, I began to like the city and its people, so I decided I want to learn more about Rochester and Minnesota.”

Moe: “I am excited to represent Rochester and also showcase the talent from this city.”

Med City FC announces three more player signings!

We are excited to announce the following players to the 2017 roster.

Jonathan (Jonny) Loera, from Rochester, Minnesota, graduated from Mayo High School in 2016. As a senior, Jonny served as captain and led his team to the Minnesota State High School Boys’ Soccer Tournament. He was a Class AA First Team selection and Region 2 Soccer Athlete. Jonny has played for Rochester Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) since he was eight years old.


Ayo Adebayo, from Rochester, Minnesota, has been playing local soccer since he was five years old. He played high school soccer for John Marshall High School, in addition to four years playing with Euro Soccer Club. Currently, he is a sophomore at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Last season, Ayo co-led his team in goals scored.


Alexis Tahet, from France, comes to us from North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. Before coming to the United States, Alexis played two years for Chamois Niortais FC, a French academy in the 2nd division; one year for Jabac i Terrassa FC, a Spanish academy; and for Poire sur Vie FC Academy, 3rd division in France.


Off the pitch, what do you like to do for fun?
Jonny: “Off the pitch, I like spending time with my friends, going on hikes around town and finding cool, new places.”

Why did you start playing soccer?
Alexis: “When I was young I had a lot of energy. I would play soccer out on the street everyday so my parents finally decided to register me for a soccer team in my city. I went to one practice and really liked it, and I’ve never stopped playing since.”

Who or which team do you find your soccer inspiration?
Ayo: “Manchester United is my favorite pro club, and I think that amounts from the legacy they made under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.”

What excites you the most about playing for Med City FC?
Jonny: “What excites me most about playing with Med City is the fact I’m playing in this city, which I grew up in and being able to do what I love here. Always wanted a team to be here and now that I’m on it, it’s a real blessing.”

Ayo: “Playing for Med City this summer is really exciting for many reasons. It gives me a chance not only to represent Rochester, where I’ve grown up all of my life, but also allows me to take my game to the next level while preparing for my upcoming college season.”

Alexis: “Coming to America it was my goal to join a team that would take my game to the next level. I can’t wait to practice with Coach Corey and the team to improve my skills. I am also excited to join a new group; I can’t wait to meet my new teammates. I would like to say thank you to Coach Corey for giving me the opportunity to join Med City FC.”

Meet the four newest Med City FC players!

Med City FC is proud to announce four impressive additions to the 2017 roster, including one local high schooler.

Tiernan Talbot, born in Puerto Rico, has spent the majority of his life in Rochester, Minnesota. He currently attends Lourdes High School, where he has developed as a player under the guidance of Tom Kane, Sean Kane and Kyle Farrell. Last year, Tiernan had the opportunity to try out for the Olympic Development Program. As a varsity player for four years at Lourdes High School, he holds three section titles and First Team All-State honors his senior year.


James Larson is from Polson, Montana and attends Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Minnesota, where he served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He will be graduating this year with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. Before college, James played soccer for Polson High School and many other clubs in Montana.


Javier Gomez, from Madrid, Spain, comes to us from Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri and will be graduating in May with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management. Before coming to the United States, Javier played with three top-quality Spanish teams and attended school at San Jose del Pargue in Madrid, Spain.


Jared Wolt, born in Nagoya, Japan, is from Farmington, Minnesota. He currently attends Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Winona, Minnesota, where he plays soccer and runs track and field. Jared is majoring in mathematics with a minor in sports business.


Off the pitch, what do you like to do for fun?
James: “I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, camping, whitewater rafting and one day I want to get into rock climbing.”

Why did you start playing soccer?
Tiernan: “My dad introduced me to the game when I was about three years old. He helped me develop a love for the game from coaching me at a young age and always pushed me to do better. My classmates and dearest friends are also soccer fanatics, so I have been around people who have been talking about playing soccer their entire lives.”

Who or which team do you find your soccer inspiration?
Jared: “My favorite player is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. He knows where to be at the right time, which is how he scores a lot of goals. My favorite team is Manchester United. Their history in the way they’ve played amazes me and I’ve always loved Sir Alex.”

Javier: “My father is my main inspiration whenever I practice and play each game. He is the one who taught me what I know about this game and I’m really thankful for it. Also, Cristiano Ronaldo is my favorite player. I like to use him as a role model because of the dedication and hard work he has put into this sport since he was very young. Being away from your family to pursue your dreams is never easy, and he taught us that no matter what you always have to follow your dreams, but always with effort and hard work.”

What excites you the most about playing for Med City FC?
Tiernan: “Definitely developing my game. Coaches Luke and Dusty are very skilled and knowledgeable players of the game and I know that I will be able to learn a lot. It’s very exciting to have a club here in Rochester, and it will be awesome to see how much support we get from the community and how many people turn out for the games.”

Javier: “As a new team, I’m sure they have big projects in mind. I’m really looking forward to help this team reach all the objectives they have in mind next to my new teammates and coaches, so we can make all the fans from Rochester happy and proud.”

James: “I am excited to continue my competitive soccer career as well as getting involved in the Rochester community.”

Jared: “I’m really excited to get to know the guys on the team and compete in the league. This is the first year of Med City so I’m hoping to be a part of a great inaugural season for the club!”