Semi-pro soccer team taking shape

Gorge-based team will join NPSL’s 2014 season

SO SAMBA FC’S working roster includes the following players: Felipe Herera Nieto, Diego Diaz Barrera, Jose Jesus Campos, Jorge Ramo, Rogelio Hernandez Avalos, Emmanuel Aguil-era, Raul Marquez, Florencio Lulo Bazam, Jose Luiz Hernandes, Jesus Eliaz Guerrero, Rober-to Busto, Braulio Garcia, Gerardo Gana Delgado, Cheno Barujas, Alberto Munoz and, not pictured, Santiago Galinato, Rigoberto Neymar Villanueva and Rafael Mondragon.

Submitted photo
SO SAMBA FC’S working roster includes the following players: Felipe Herera Nieto, Diego Diaz Barrera, Jose Jesus Campos, Jorge Ramo, Rogelio Hernandez Avalos, Emmanuel Aguil-era, Raul Marquez, Florencio Lulo Bazam, Jose Luiz Hernandes, Jesus Eliaz Guerrero, Rober-to Busto, Braulio Garcia, Gerardo Gana Delgado, Cheno Barujas, Alberto Munoz and, not pictured, Santiago Galinato, Rigoberto Neymar Villanueva and Rafael Mondragon.

SO Samba FC has a lot of work to do between now and next spring, but the newly formed, Hood River-based team is aiming to make an impression in the 2014 National Premiere Soccer League season. NPSL is a nationwide league of semi-pro adult men teams divided into Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions, with a regional season running from the spring through early summer before a national championship tournament.

With more than three decades of soccer experience, including as a professional mid-forward for the Sao Paulo club, Corinthians, Thiago Samba moved to town this spring and quickly saw the potential to start a team with a handful of the many talented players in the area.

“We had about 25 guys show up at tryouts, and we chose 16 of them,” Samba said last week. “There is a lot of soccer talent around here and the team has potential. We will need some special pieces to really make things happen, but we have a good base to start with.”

As an expansion team, SO Samba FC will likely play in the West Region, with 11 other teams in California — a travel situation Samba realizes will be a challenge.

“We are going to have to travel a lot, which won’t be easy,” he said. “But we have the potential to be a great team if we can get guys to commit. I have big dreams and want to pursue big things: that’s why I’m trying to make this happen.”

Samba, a Brazilian native who moved to Hood River in March with his wife and two boys, brings the fast-paced, technical and flashy brand of his country’s soccer style to the team, which he says will be a good mix with the background the players already have. He’ll have between now and March to solidify the team roster and train as much as possible before the start of the NPSL season in April.

“The players can learn a lot between now and then,” Samba said. “My goal for the first year is to make the playoffs, and to make a solid team that represents the level of soccer we have in this community.”

n The team is currently looking for a home field to play on and sponsorship opportunities. Any local business interested being a sponsor is asked to contact Samba at 541-708-1112 or sosambafc@gmail.com

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



Comments

sosambafc says...

Thanks Adam great coverage on SO Samba FC. We're glad to be apart of this amazing community and showing everyone the "Beautiful Game". Feel free to check us out on Facebook.com/sossambfc or follow us on twitter @sosambafc

Abracos! So Samba FC

Posted 7 August 2013, 8:31 p.m. Suggest removal

Log in to comment

Columbia Gorge news and businesses