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Strikers rebrand, embrace new philosophy

The logo for the newly rebranded soccer club.

The logo for the newly rebranded soccer club.

By Anne Hassler Heidel

The McPherson News

The McPherson Strikers Soccer Club has a new look and a new mission. The club is now known as the McPherson City FC, with the FC standing for Football Club, according to Ardi Reyes, club president.

Reyes, who played soccer at McPherson College and later coached there for six years, said all the changes came about because of the question —“Can we give kids more?”

“We wanted to give kids more of the skills that they would need down the line so we’ve focused on training the coaches to work on specific areas,” Reyes said.

In addition to Reyes, the club now has Aaron Hoxie, Kevin Land and Mark Olsen working with players in different coaching areas.

The club’s mission statement reads:

The mission of McPherson City FC is to develop well rounded individuals who exhibit good sportsmanship, ethical and moral behavior, as well as good citizenship. We aim to leverage the challenges and life lessons of striving for excellence in competitive soccer, into molding young boys and girls to understand the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and hard work while

The crest was designed by Lane Porter, designer for Sporting KC Soccer Club. The colors and design have special significance to McPherson. The navy color represents the color of the town’s namesake General James Birdseye McPherson, a Union Army Major General, uniform. The Scottish Flag and thistle are a nod to General McPherson’s Scottish ancestry. The 1984 on the crest is the year the McPherson Strikers were founded. The uniforms can vary in color from white, blue or  a bright shade of McPherson red.

For more information contact Reyes via the club website at mcphersoncityfc.com.

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