Mission Statement

Nations United Soccer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Our mission is to help refugee and immigrant children and teens overcome adversity through soccer.

 

 

Who We Are

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Mary Karol Taylor

Founder & Director

 Mary Karol has taught at South Jr. High in Boise, Idaho  for 22 years, teaching English and Reading. She is currently South’s school librarian. Nations United FC was established in 2016 after conversations with two of her refugee students revealed their deep love of soccer and their lack of opportunities to play.

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Matt Trejo

Co-Director

Matt Trejo is a Science teacher at Hillside Junior High.  He also teaches a classes for English Language Learners the are part Hillside's Bridge Program.  He's been with the Boise School District for 6 years.

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Abdi Osman

Coach U-19

Hey! My name is Osman! I am a 25 year old former refugee from Somali. My family and I traveled here in 2008, 4 years later I applied and received my citizenship. I have been married for 2 years to my wife, Lusacia. I am currently an escrow agent for Idaho Housing and Finance, and a Delta ramp agent. As a former high school soccer player and current indoor league player, I was eager to get involved with coaching for Nations United. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping these kids sharpen their skills over the last two seasons! I am honored to be the head coach this season, and look forward to the duration of our season.

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Moses Muyumbe Mukengezi

Coach U-14

Moses Mukengezi was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and developed his passion for soccer by playing in the streets with his siblings and friends. In 2007, Moses and his family moved to Boise. One of the first things he did was find a soccer field and luckily enough Idaho Rush Soccer Club had teams playing at those fields. He played soccer for Idaho Rush and Boise High School until graduating and moving on to play at Treasure Valley Community College for 2 years. After coming back to Boise to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Boise State University. Nations United gives him the opportunity to combine his two passions of soccer and helping the refugee community while sharing his passion for soccer with kids that are just like he was.

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Ishmael Quaye

Assistant Coach U-14

I am Ishmael Quaye, and I am from Accra, Ghana. Soccer was an important part of my life growing up. I always loved watching Chelsea play, and enjoyed practicing with friends in my community. I moved to the United States in 2014, and recently relocated to Idaho with my wife and our two children. I look forward to coaching and teaching my team about the value of soccer and the importance of being good teammates for each other on and off the field. 

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Jessica Oaks

Coach U-14 Girls

Jessica grew up playing soccer here in the Boise area. She played club with Les Bois United which has since merged into FC Nova, and also played varsity 4 years at Boise High School. Jessica’s freshman year of college she attended Seattle Pacific University on a soccer scholarship, however, her sophomore year she decided to leave the soccer field and pursue her dream of learning Spanish and traveling. She studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain where she was immersed in Spanish and futbol culture. Today, apart from working with Nations United, Jessica works as a Spanish teacher at Hillside Junior High. Nations United gives Jessica the opportunity to engage in 3 of her biggest passions: engaging with other cultures, working with young adults, and soccer.

Barta

Assistant Coach U-14 Girls

My name is Barta, I was born and raised in Montana. In 2006 I was recruited to play goalkeeper for NIC in Coeur d’Alene. I was raised into a basketball family but found my true love of soccer when I was in 5th grade. I moved to Boise in 2012 and met my partner Dacia, we live in the North End with our son Ben.I look forward to sharing my passion for the game. I can't wait to keep encouraging the community soccer builds.

Rhys Yeakley

Coach U-14

My name is Rhys Yeakley. I grew up in Bangor, Maine and played soccer for my high school varsity team and with my many adopted younger siblings. I love that soccer is an international sport and can bring people together. I have been coaching high school soccer in this area since 2011, and with the Caldwell High School boys program since 2013. Our hard work at CHS, on and off the field, helped us win the 4A State Championship in 2018 and 2019. I am excited for the opportunity to coach for the Nations United program and grow my soccer family.

TEAMS 

U12

Team Managers:

Mary Karol Taylor

Katherine Drahold-Cross

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U14

Team Managers:

Matt Trejo

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U16

Team Managers:

Mary Karol Taylor

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U19

Team Managers:

Mary Karol Taylor

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Team Photographer / Web developer 

Christian Lim

Read about us online:

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