goalWA.net continues a special series of features today with a visit with midfielder Luke Broz. Luke is one of the guys who has put on the shirt of the South Sound Football Club. SSFC (“The “Shock”) is a grass-roots community club that has been able to do remarkable things in the greater Tacoma area. The club has played indoors and out, gone to nationals in various competitions and in the summer of 2014 was a founding member of the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA). John Crouch, the club’s owner, is most proud of the chance his club gives players to take their game to the next level. Here’s our second chat with an SSFC player. Made in South Sound: Luke Broz.
Luke’s journey from Idaho to playing for South Sound FC almost never happened. He suffered a serious injury in 2009, breaking the tibia and fibula in his left leg.
To make matters worse, his injuries were followed by the very dangerous Compartment syndrome. It was possible Broz might have lost his leg.
“They weren’t positive I’d be able to play again,” Broz told KTVB at the time. “I was young and healthy, so they decided to go in and do the procedure.” A metal rod was placed in his leg, and then months and months of physical therapy began.
A 2011 graduate of Boise HS, Luke won two state titles with the Braves. At the club level, Luke grew up playing for the Boise Nationals, where he led his team on three trips to Far West Regionals. After graduating from Boise, Luke opted to join the Highline CC program in Seattle, where he was a starting striker on the 2011 NWAACC Final 4 team.
“I have coached Luke since he was 13 years old and we have always been very close,” NNU head coach Coe Michaelson says on the school website. “He is capable of playing in the back, the midfield or up top, but for me his defining attributes are his athleticism, his toughness and his fierce competitive nature. Luke is a winner, he is truly tenacious and he is as committed as they come.”
Flash forward and Broz is playing for Northwest Nazarene after valuable experience gained at South Sound FC.
“I connected with South Sound FC by talking to former teammates on the team. I wanted to get involved in the soccer community,” Luke says.
“It’s good that Tacoma has a team, with a great coaching staff and manager. It attracts players from all over the region and the state who want to compete in games and practices.”
Broz is a redhsirt junior at Northwest Nazarene. The Crusaders are rolling in the GNAC with a 6-0-0 record heading into an October 11 clash with 6-0-0 Seattle Pacific in Seattle.
“I am coming down to the last two years of eligibility at Northwest Nazarene. I played on South Sound to gain an advantage and play with new players and learn from them as well as the coaching staff. Competing in a league and trying to win every game is fun and it gets a person ready for the college season. It makes you be fit. South Sound requires you to be loyal and committed, think of your teammates first and be prepared to play in every game.”
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Luke’s immediate future plans are to continue to play at Northwest Nazarene University his senior year and again for South Sound next summer. His favorite moment of the recently-completed Evergreen Premier League season was a big match when the Shock played the Shadow. “(It was great) traveling to Spokane, for a match-up of number one versus two. Spokane had a full stadium and made it a fun atmosphere to play in.”
Part of being involved with the Shock is finding mentors you can learn from. “Micah Wenzel is a great player and leader. He wants the best for all his teammates,” says Broz, singling out the SSFC team captain for praise.
“Micah just sets an example of how a person should act off the field and play on it. Positive. He helps players grow and makes them better. He keeps his head and leads by setting a good example.”
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