LANSING, Mich., March 21, 2019 – Poised for the future, Nationals Capital Area has united with Chill Soccer Club to offer a combined mid-Michigan soccer presence with over 30 teams and 500 players! The expansion of Nationals Capital Area will be effective with open houses and tryouts for the upcoming 2019/20 soccer season, with opportunities for combined training sessions taking place this spring.
Over the years, the respective soccer clubs have provided noteworthy experiences with successes at many competitive levels. This is attributed to the hard work and commitment of the players and families with their coaches and staff. Each club has become a major influence in the overall soccer community with an undying commitment to offer each player an opportunity to develop his/her soccer skills to compete at their highest level.
The Chill Soccer Club has been the longest, continuously operated club in mid-Michigan for 11 years, due to the leadership and commitment of Julie & Kevin Mullin. It was important to them to unite with an organization that will directly benefit the players, families and coaches that they care so much about. Julie Mullin, owner of Chill Soccer Club, states “Kevin and I are beyond thrilled for the future of the Chill. This union is an absolute win for all parties; the players and the new opportunities that lie before them, the coaches and the professional development that will now be available to them, the ability to keep the local talent local and increased traffic to Hope Sports Complex. We are blown away at the quality of the local Nationals coaching staff, the leadership/ownership group, and the support personnel. This union will take our collective organizations farther than we could ever dream of individually and are absolutely confident that this will be a game changer with mid-Michigan youth soccer.”
The leaders of both clubs firmly believe it was essential to join together as Nationals Capital Area to offer more soccer opportunities and experiences than have ever been available before in mid-Michigan. There are immediate and long-term benefits to the players, families and coaches of the new unified Nationals Capital Area club, such as:
• High quality training with professional licensed coaches utilizing standardized curriculum.
• Larger local player pools for increased training and playing exposure.
• Additional soccer opportunities in other Nationals locations.
• Increased league presence at all levels locally, regionally and nationally. (Michigan Youth Soccer League, Mid-Michigan Youth Soccer League, Western Suburban Soccer League, Michigan State Premier Soccer Program, Directors Academy, Super Y, National League Conference, National League, and the U.S. Development Academy)
• Proven college pathway with over 320 alumni playing college soccer and over 80 players this fall 2019.
In addition, the club is excited to have Hope Sports Complex as their “home”, giving them the distinction of being the only club in mid-Michigan with lighted fields for training and games. This world class facility currently features multiple grass fields, a turf field, ample parking, WIFI, a walking trail, and permanent bathrooms. Cleats Bar and Grille is also located on-site for convenient meals (including healthy options) and as a gathering place for all. Check it out at www.HopeSportsComplex.com and www.CleatsBarAndGrille.com.
Gronthik Chatterjee, one of the Nationals owners, expresses that “We are very excited to continue to grow our presence in the Lansing area with the Chill as an integral part of our soccer family. We have created a premier club in all the communities where we are present, and mid-Michigan will be no different. Building upon the great foundation that already exists, we will offer an unparalleled value proposition for our players, families and coaches. We embrace and welcome them to Nationals Capital Area, where together we will create an exciting soccer community with great opportunities for all.”
In this new endeavor, the Nationals Capital Area is committed to developing youth soccer players of all skill levels to achieve their personal soccer goals for club, high school, collegiate, professional and national team programs. And in doing so, there will be a community-oriented focus on growing to its fullest while additionally offering the highest level of soccer to their athletes. The club’s mantra “Achieving More Together” is the foundation of the club’s commitment to excellence in soccer and in life by integrating players with family, team, club and community.
Nationals is one of the largest Midwest soccer clubs, offering youth soccer for all ages 3-19 with developmental and competitive programs. Nationals teams compete at every level, participating in these leagues: MYSL (Michigan Youth Soccer League), MMYSL (Mid-Michigan Youth Soccer League), WSSL (Western Suburban Soccer League), MSPSP (Statewide Premier League), DA (Directors Academy), NLC (National League Conference, formerly MRL), National League, Super Y, and the U.S. Development Academy.