The word United has many definitions; the dictionary says it is:

  1. made into or caused to act as a single entity: a united front.
  2. formed or produced by the uniting of things or persons: a united effort.
  3. agreed; in harmony. United.
  4. to share a common opinion, attitude, etc.

United Soccer Club will often refer to the word United when coaching or teaching the “Team Concept”. In order for the club, team, individual to experience great moments in the game of soccer all those involved must be committed to the clubs’ values, goals, vision, mission, and philosophy. Once committed to the “process” of becoming a strong club and team, we will reflect a unified front, a family! All the members of the club must trust that we are involved in the game for the same reasons; the pursuit of the most excellent game regardless of talent level is a purpose that motivates above and beyond winning. A strong trust in the philosophy and mission of the club will consequently promote sacrifice and discipline from United SC members and therefore will be the foundation for lifelong relationships.

United…“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
—O. W. Holmes

In order for the club / or team to become something special, the individuals must be willing to surrender their own personal agenda. A coach and player must realize that he/she has certain strengths and weaknesses. And it is the recognition of these weaknesses and the relentless work to improve them (as well as sharpen strengths) that will help a team progress. We must use our Club “Pride” as a weapon (rather than getting to excited about our accomplishments) and work to play the game in a way that will impress and make all of the city of Shelby County feel good about the game. A game that each player must realize is something special, something that is much bigger than us as individuals. We as a club must always be in pursuit of great balance in the game of soccer.

Passion… “There comes a moment, when our sacrifice for each other forces our will upon a game, into a game, through a game, that we have dreamed! “

The game provides joy, pain, happiness, excitement, and confusion. Those who truly pursue excellence in the game will leave each and every ounce of mental and physical energy on the field. We get a glimpse of just how many different emotions we can feel during the course of a practice or match. The game provides us with so many amazing moments! To play good soccer you must have a great will and determination to overcome limits both physically and mentally. The ability to put all of our energy into the pursuit of great soccer during the most adverse times or conditions is sometimes referred to as having great character or a player with “heart”! Heart and Passion, we will all embody those emotions every time we play

Respect… “There is no medal better than being acclaimed for your style. Even if it doesn’t win (but we trust that it will), it will inspire footballers of all ages everywhere. That is the greatest reward!” —Johan Cruyff

All United SC coaches, members, parents & staff will reflect this attitude towards the game for the benefit of the players. Playing with heart, sacrifice, discipline, and class each and every day and never forgetting that we pursue an excellent brand of soccer. The game can be played many different ways but United SC has a certain vision of how the game should be played. Playing good soccer based on trust in the club’s values will take great efforts from all individuals. To play with our vision will take heart and passion, humility, and a belief that what we do, the time invested, the sweat given, and the emotions spent will matter. We are making memories each and every practice and game.