Player Q&A with Goalkeeper Alex Clewis

We take a few moments to check in with Alex Clewis and ask him some questions so fans can get to know him.

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1. Where do you go to college?

Notre Dame De Namur

 

2 What is your primary position?

Goalkeeper

 

3. Why did you choose the Mobsters?

Coach recommended me and it’s a great opportunity to play for a team trying to really get its name out there.

 

4. Best achievement or moment on the soccer pitch?

Saving the pk this last season late 2nd half in one of my first games for my school and going on to win 1-0.

 

5. What fans expect from you on the field?

Loud voice organizing and consistent performances

 

6. Favorite famous Puerto Rican?

J Lo no question

 

7. Expectations for the season, personal or team goal?

To make playoffs

 

8. What will you miss most while in Vegas this summer?

Have to be my girlfriend and my mom

 

9. Go to pre game pump up song?

All the above by maino

 

10. Any nicknames the supporters should know?

Boricua!!!!!!

Player Q&A with Forrest Smith

 

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Dana Point, California.Forrest Smith - LV Mobsters

What position are you? 

This season I will play either forward up top or right back.

Who was your favorite player growing up? 

Growing up I was influenced by so many great players it would be hard to choose just one. My club coach used to have me watch George Best, Ferenc Puskas, Dennis Bergkamp, and Jurgen Klinsmann. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play with Jurgen Klinsmann on the Orange County Blue Star Team in 2003. It was an incredible experience to be able to play with an athlete of his caliber who I had idolized as a kid. He was there to witness one of my most memorable goals and that is a feeling I will never forget.

What is the best part about playing for the Mobsters?

The best part about playing for the Mobsters is hands down the coaching staff. Paul and Ronny are both world class coaches and I am beyond grateful to be able to play for them and learn from them. In addition to the coaching staff, it is my Mobster teammates that have made this experience so enjoyable and memorable. Although I am nearing the end of my career I am still very passionate about this sport. Being able to help mentor the younger guys on the team and give them advice on their careers is priceless to me. We have so much young talent on this team and it is my goal to use my past experience to help advance these athletes to their ultimate goal of playing professional.

What is your hidden talent? 

I was fortunate enough to grow up with the beach as my backyard and therefore my hidden talent is surfing.

What can we expect from the Mobsters in the upcoming season?

Winning games, period. We will take the lessons learned from last year and start this season off with winning momentum. We need to focus on those early wins in the beginning that will create the positive momentum we need to carry throughout the rest of the season.

Go-to karaoke song? 

I’m awful at singing but If I could pick a song it would be: AC/DC, Back in Black or the Rolling Stones, Paint is Black.

Any nicknames the fans should be aware of? 

Toward the end of the season Paul gave me the nickname:  “Rottweiler”, I guess because I play like a dog and am always going for the ball.  Also, when I trialed in the UK they called me the “Horse”.

What are your long term career goals in soccer?

Las Vegas is a soccer city, it just isn’t aware of it’s potential yet. I want to focus on giving back to the city and the game that have given me so much and that I love. The best way I know how to do this is by winning and bringing a winning tradition to Vegas. My goal would be to see the Mobster’s become a dominate team in the PDL. In which, pro teams start looking at Vegas more for players to pick up.  Also, I would love to see a pro team in Vegas in the near future, which would be great for the Vegas soccer community and give these young kids something to inspire to play for.

– Where can people follow you on social media?
*   www.facebook.com/forrest.matthew
*   IG: ForrestMSmith
*   Twitter: @ForrestMSmith

2016 Season Preview

Overview heading into the season:

The 2016 season marks the Mobsters 3rd PDL season.  The Mobsters have consistently climbed in the standings and expectations for this season are no different.  With a solid group of returning players, this year’s team is sure get off to a quick start.  The Mobsters enter a newly formed PDL Division which will showcase new teams with a more competitive schedule.  The Mobsters open their season with a home game at Green Valley High School on May 7th against San Francisco City Football Club (SFCFC).  The match will be SFCFC’s inaugural game in the PDL.  The Mobsters will also face perennial powerhouse teams such as, Fresno Fuego, BYU, Burlingame Dragons (Affiliated with San Jose Earthquakes), and Albuquerque Sol.  Off the field, the Mob Squad (supporters group) have guaranteed the best pregame tailgates in the Division.  With the new intimate venue at Green Valley High School, this season can’t come soon enough!

Why you should watch in 2016:

Coach Barron has quickly brought this team together in preseason and will have the team playing an exciting attacking style. The team is comprised of several players that will be collegiate All Americans and possible MLS draft picks.  As with previous seasons, what makes the Mobsters so exciting are the talented young players that get to showcase skills.  Of course, it goes without saying the players with former professional experience will be treat to watch and will undoubtedly add invaluable leadership to this young group.  Perhaps the most important reason to watch this season’s campaign is the possibility of qualifying for US Open Cup!

3 Players to watch: 

Julian Portugal:  Technically sound, fit and consistent decision making.  He is sure to be a leader in the middle of the pitch.   

Milan Popovic:  Maybe the biggest kept secret of the Mobsters.  He has often looked like he was the best player on the field in preseason training.

Robert Garcia:  Whether he placed up top or out on the wing Garcia has a knack for scoring in bunches.  Backed by a wealth of experience this speedy forward is sure to delight the fans.  

The 2016 season will be a success if…:

  1. Their record improves from last season.
  2. They make a run into the playoffs.
  3. Produce future players while providing depth while instilling a winning attitude and tradition in those players.
  4. The fans enjoy the home games.

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Match #3 Preview: Mobsters vs. Xolos U-20

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When the Las Vegas Mobsters face off against Club Tijuana one thing is for certain…the match will not end in a tie!  The teams have agreed that if at the end of regulation the match is tied, penalty kicks will immediately ensue to determine a winner.  As fans of the sport, we are ecstatic about this news.  Not only are penalty kicks one of the most exciting parts of the game, but leaving with a draw never seems to fulfill either teams fan base.  Luckily this will not be an issue for this match.

For those that are not familiar with the opponent, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, commonly referred to as Xolos de Tijuana, or simply as Xolos, is a Mexican professional football club from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. It was founded in January 2007. On December 2, 2012, Xolos became Liga MX champions, achieving the title in shortest time after promotion to the top flight in Mexican history.   The Xolos U-20 side is littered with future stars and current national team players.

The match will mark the first ever meeting between the Mobsters and the Xolos.  This match will represent what the Las Vegas Mobsters Football Club is all about, providing young, local talent the opportunity and exposure to demonstrate their skills against some of the very best.  As a fan, the match will provide Las Vegas soccer fans an exciting match with a level of soccer rarely seen in the Valley.  Especially for the local Xolos fans this match is an opportunity that should not be missed.  Unfortuantely we can not reveal the names on the travel squad for the Xolos, those familiar with Club Tijuana are in for a big surprise!

The fans have been alerted, the scouts given their information, and mother nature has delivered with beautiful weather predicted to be in the mid 70’s.  It’s time to sit back and enjoy the action.  We will see you at the match!

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