by Jason Olson
Former Major League Soccer (MLS) player, coach and front office administrator Tom Soehn has been appointed director of soccer development and recruiting at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
In the new role, Soehn will be responsible for marketing and recruiting teams to be part of Schwan’s USA CUP, the largest annual event held at the National Sports Center and one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the world.
His role with the NSC’s soccer programs will carry on throughout the year.
Soehn was quoted in a press release from the NSC saying, “Schwan’s USA CUP is one of the most recognized brands in youth soccer, worldwide. I have great respect for the history and reputation of the tournament and I am excited to help it grow in new ways. After spending so many years in professional soccer, I’m looking forward to devoting that same energy and passion toward building youth soccer,”
Soehn grew up playing soccer in Chicago, Ill., and had a successful collegiate career at Western Illinois University where he has been inducted into its athletics Hall of Fame.
He played professionally in several North American leagues before ending with a four-year playing career in MLS with the Dallas Burn (FC Dallas) and Chicago Fire before retiring in 2000.
Soehn has worked as an assistant coach for the Fire under Bob Bradley and Peter Nowak at DC United from 2006-2009.
In 2010 he joined the front office of the Vancouver Whitecaps as director of soccer operations and was named interim head coach for the remainder of the 2011 season. He returned as director of soccer operations in 2012 before leaving the Whitecaps after the season.
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