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If someone would have told me when I was a kid playing soccer on the streets of Bermuda that I would spend a  eighteen years of my life teaching futbol in an immigrant community, I would have said “No way, you are crazy!”

Eighteen years ago, Keith Tucker, then head soccer coach at Howard University, encouraged me to start a community soccer program in Maryland to promote the importance of education. Through his experience, too many African-American soccer players were denied admission to not only Howard University, but other colleges and universities throughout the US because of bad grades and low SAT scores. Too many students had to forgo partial or full soccer scholarships because of this growing problem.

I chose Langley Park, Maryland, an immigrant community overflowing with Central American, Caribbean and various African people, located five minutes from the University of Maryland, twenty minutes from Howard University and thirty-five minutes from the White House.

Langley Park, at that time, was a ten minute drive from my home in Silver Spring, Maryland. My interactions and friendships developed during my playing days at Howard University made it easy for me to integrate into the Caribbean and African community.


A short list of the friendships that gave me valuable insights into the cultures from our Diaspora follows: Keith Walcott, from Guyana; Donnie Streete, from Jamaica; Phillip Gyau, from Ghana; Friday Johnson, from Nigeria; Tony Gill and Ronald Simmons, from Trinidad; Peter Prom, from Gambia; Wendell Thomas, from Grenada; David Sabair from Bermuda and many others.



A short list of the friendships that gave me valuable insights into the cultures from our Diaspora follows: Keith Walcott, from Guyana; Donnie Streete, from Jamaica; Phillip Gyau, from Ghana; Friday Johnson, from Nigeria; Tony Gill and Ronald Simmons, from Trinidad; Peter Prom, from Gambia; Wendell Thomas, from Grenada; David Sabair from Bermuda and many others.

These relationships developed through soccer prepared me for the challenges that lay ahead when we began our program in this predominately Hispanic community. The equation is still the same. Soccer, or futbol, is a universal language. It transcends racial boundaries and unites people of different cultures. We were able to convince Hispanic parents during our earlier years to play soccer for a non- Hispanic run program. This trend has continues up until today.


Our program, which started as the Langley Park Soccer Club during the spring of 1998, moved to Buck Lodge Middle School. Two years later we changed our name to the Metropolitan Futbol Club, more commonly known as MFC, which still thrives today.

Through our after school program, run by Soccer and Friends, we have spent 18 years  promoting and coaching soccer in Prince George's County schools. Our mission was quite simple “TO CREATE OPPORUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION AND SOCCER”. Well, we can proudly say “Mission accomplished.” and ongoing.



As of the fall of 2016, forty-two players have passed through our program and enrolled in college. During the summer of 2012, Courtney Hewitt and William Thomas graduated from the University of Delaware and Mt. Saint Mary's, University respectively. While Hector Guevarra graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2013. This is a major accomplishment for a program that charged a meager $300US per year..


Our journey brings to light our observations that there is a need for the soccer community to come together and promote education before soccer, and that youth soccer should be fun for our kids, with limited adult supervision. After all it is their game!


Download the following Chapters from "The Power of Soccer"


LANGLEY PARK - The Beginning a Journey.pdf

OUR FIRST TRIP - The Carter Baron Trip.pdf
EL SALVADORAN INTERNATIONAL - Toys R Us.pdf
MARY HARRIS - Thank You Ms. Logan.pdf
MFC PLAYER - Jose Cruz.pdf
DENZEL'S ODP EXPERIENCE.pdf

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