Growing the Game: Charleston Man Announces Bid for VP of U.S. Soccer Federation

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A Charleston man is hoping to take his love for teaching kids the game of soccer to a national level.

Chris Kessell has been a staple in the Charleston soccer community for years. Now, he is hoping to take his love for the game to a national level, announcing his plans to run for the Vice President of the United States Soccer Federation. 

“I was a rural kid. I played soccer since I was 5 and I’m still playing now,” Kessell told 13 News. “I just want to make sure that communities like ours are represented in the conversation.” 

Kessell is the president of not one but two local soccer clubs, including the Kanawha Valley Soccer League and the West Side Soccer Club. The latter provides both playing and coaching opportunities for kids here in the capitol city. 

“Often times soccer is for communities with lots of money,” he added. “Most of the kids I deal with are inner city and rural kids.” 

Currently, Kessell also sits on the Board of the West Virginia Soccer Association. He also founded Chemical Valley AC, an adult team that hosts weekly meet-ups to provide kids and adults of all ages and skill levels another opportunity to play. Regardless of if he wins or loses, Kessell pledged to continue his fight for his little community and urged others to do the same. 

“Regardless of me running for a national position,” said Kessell, “all of our local organizations need volunteers so step out, be a leader, and step up.” 

The deadline for the VP race is December 18th. The winner is expected to be announced early next year.

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