Soccer league teams with Italian club, brings new mindset to Capital City

May 13, 2017 773

BY: Troy Shockley

There’s a new game in town. Or, more accurately, there’s a new league -- playing an old game in a new way. James Johnson and his family moved to Helena from Louisiana five years ago. They quickly became involved in the local soccer community, but Johnson felt something was missing. 

“I have a National D coaching license, and from the beginning I noticed there was a lack of coaching knowledge and experience in the program. After a while, I said, ‘You know, it’s not enough,’” Johnson said. “I coach at Helena High School as well, and we get kids into our freshman program that have played competitive soccer for several years, and they are not proficient in skills. So I finally decided, ‘We’re gonna do something about it.’”

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