The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the only league designated by USASA as a Tier 1 national league, is proud to announce that Siouxland United FC has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will begin play in 2024.
“We are excited that Siouxland United FC has joined the NPSL,” NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case said. “The NPSL continues to have growth and success in the Midwest Region, and Siouxland United is a great fit to help the NPSL continue its success there. The model and vision of the ownership group aligns well with the NPSL’s vision as they look to create an experience for both their players and supporters that extends beyond the game.”
The club will be led by President Mike J. Wells, VP of Operations Bob Giese, General Manager Jesse Castillo, and Head Coach Robbie Carroll.
Wells is a driven entrepreneur and soccer enthusiast hailing from Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating with honors in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Nebraska, he honed his skills in sales, marketing, and product development over 16 years. Currently at the helm of Reside Properties LLC, a construction and property management venture, his dedication extends to the field as an assistant coach at a local soccer club. With a strong family foundation and a passion for the sport, Wells eagerly embraces the potential of a new NPSL team, aiming to blend his business acumen and soccer fervor to foster success.
Giese is a small business owner, entrepreneur, and investor in the Siouxland area. Before going into business for himself, he spent time in corporate management and operations, including supply chain, sales, service, and support. He has been a big supporter of soccer in the Siouxland community for many years and is proud to bring high-level soccer to Sioux City. Giese is a lifelong resident of the Siouxland area, a graduate of Bishop Heelan High School, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Castillo is a highly experienced and influential figure in the Siouxland soccer community, dedicating two decades to coaching youth club soccer and high school soccer. Known for his exceptional leadership skills, he has played a pivotal role in promoting and developing the sport in the Siouxland region.
Carroll served as General Manager at Augusta United FC and was the head coach for several NPSL clubs and college soccer programs. His experience extends internationally, having served as the Director of Ready IF in Norway and as the GM/Head Coach at Fagersta Sodra IK in Sweden. Carroll is a former professional goalkeeper and England youth international.
“We chose to join the NPSL because it aligns perfectly with our vision and values,” Carroll said. “The NPSL offers us the platform to showcase our commitment to grassroots soccer, community involvement, and player development. It also provides an opportunity to compete at a high level while maintaining a focus on the overall growth of the sport. We believe in the NPSL’s mission, and we are excited to be part of a league that shares our dedication to the beautiful game.”
Siouxland United FC is a new club located in the passionate soccer community of the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota known locally as Siouxland. Founded in 2023, the club’s journey began with a vision to elevate the sport of soccer in our region.
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at npsl.com/expansion.