FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/6: Tibi Regele Gives Back, More MLS Cup Playoff Highlights, and More

Today we’re talking about Tibi Regele’s program to give back to poor communities, more awesome highlights from the MLS Cup Playoffs, and more!

It’s Tuesday, we’re moving right along through the week! Here are some of the stories we’re discussing in our newsroom today.

1. Tibi Regele hopes new facility will help youngsters fulfill soccer dreams (

Tibi Regele recalled a time in his childhood where he would host his friends on a makeshift soccer field in his small backyard in Budapest, Hungary. He understands how much a field of any kind can influence a young player, so he took the initiative to open his own indoor soccer facility.

“Regele’s Excel Soccer Skills Development in Warrensville Heights is designed to provide boys and girls from age 4 through the high school years the fundamental technical and tactical skills necessary to improve their game.”

Players are put in assessment classes to assess their instruction level as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Parents have a room in which they can relax which has two large TV monitors, one of which livestreams the players being coached.

“‘Tibi taught me how to have a positive outlook on everything I do in life, helped me become a better player and helped me learn how to tackle problems,’ said Nicole Felice, currently a soccer standout at Gannon University.”

Regele himself was a professional soccer player for seven years for BP Volan SC in Hungary. He permanently immigrated to the United States in 1994 and been the girls varsity coach at Magnificat High School, where he lead the Blue Streaks to the Division I district championship game. Soccer has always been his passion, and he aims to give back and build the players of tomorrow.

Regele grew up in a poor neighborhood and found solace in soccer, now he is giving back to the community. How could you give back to your community?

2. Backheel Pass from Higuain sets up Zardes for the goal (COPA90 US)

Gyasi Zardes takes a one touch, backheel pass from Federico Higuaín for the goal.

The goal from Zardez put the Columbus Crew up 1-0, which ended up being the final score.

What are your thoughts of the MLS Cup Playoffs thus far?

3. St. Louis Charity Makes Huge Save After Youth Soccer Team’s Gear is Stolen (KSDK)

Coach Chance Hodges had a rude awakening Wednesday morning on his way to work. He entered his car and his dashboard alerted him that one of his doors was open. Assuming it was one of his children leaving the door open, he continued with his day, but when he pulled into practice that evening he realized someone had stolen the team’s gear.

“‘When I went to grab the stuff for the kids, everything was gone. I couldn’t believe someone would steal kid stuff,’ Hodges said.”

Luckily, Hodges received a huge save from St. Louis Youth Sports Outreach. They donated the necessary gear so that the team could play over the weekend.

“We reached out said I would like to help, just to show these thieves you aren’t bringing a community down, you are bringing them together and you don’t even realize it.”

Make sure to lock your doors and keep your belongings safe. Although this was an unfortunate situation, the silver lining was that it brought the community together and the children were able to get the necessary gear to compete.

What steps do you take to ensure that your children/players are as prepared as they can be for practices and games?