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Meet The Staff

Bill Ajram ~ Executive Director / Staff Coach 

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Bill has over 25 years of professional coaching experience. He founded FC United and has transformed the organization into one of the most recognized and competitive clubs in our state and within our region. Player development and promoting technically sound and tactically proficient players is his top priority.

Bill was born in Colombia, South America and moved to Cedar Rapids at the age of 12. After successfully helping pioneer the high school varsity programs in Cedar Rapids as student at Washington High School, he went on to attend the University of Iowa and then the University of Calgary (Canada), where he was a member of the University of Calgary Men's Soccer team, a member of the University of Calgary spirit and stunt team, and played soccer in the Alberta Canada Premier League and Premier Division.

Bill has also held positions at several FIFA Wold Cups.  He was delegated as an official ambassador and became the official interpreter for the Bolivian National Team at the 1994 Men's FIFA World Cup. At the Women’s FIFA World Cup he worked as an official World Cup Ambassador at the 1999 and the 2003 World Cup.

2003 FIFA World Cup - Ambassador
1999 FIFA World Cup - Ambassador
1994 FIFA World Cup - Ambassador & Interpreter

National 'C' License
NSCAA Goal Keeping License (I) 
NSCAA Goal Keeping License (II)
NSCAA National Youth License
7v7 & 9v9 Grassroots
NSCAA Professional Development Certification.

Bill earned a BA with a concentration in economics and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Bill became a community banker for 20 years in Illinois and Iowa, where he became the President & CEO of Linn County State Bank and actively participated in community banking initiatives as a Director for the Community Bankers of Iowa.

Married to Michelle and together have 3 children. All 3 of their children have participated in the FC United program as players and subsequently as youth coaches.

Amber Matthews Operations Manager / Staff Coach 

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Amber was born in Spain and then moved to England. She started playing soccer at the age of six, and had the opportunity to play for both Chelsea FC, and West Ham United FC at the professional level. Matthews also had the honor of representing her home country of England in the Gothia Youth World Cup in 2008.

Collegiate Career -

A 2017 graduate (with honors) of Young Harris College with a degree in psychology, Amber was a four-time letter-winner, claiming captain duties from her sophomore year through her senior year.

Professional Career -
Amber has played for 3 different WPSL teams throughout the United States, and reached the WPSL semi-final with Atlanta United in 2016.

Professional -
She completed her Masters of Business Leadership at William Penn University, where she also served as the Graduate Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at William Penn Univ.

Amber has also coached at the youth level for various club including Sporting KC and Atlanta United. In addition to coaching duties at FC United, she will also assume various responsibilities as the Operations Manager and work closely with our Team Managers and club administration.

Gabriel Akpalo U8-U12 Academy Director / Staff Coach 

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Gabriel was born and raised in Togo (West Africa) where he played his youth soccer. He went on to play for several teams in Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Iran, and the United States. 

While Gabriel has extensive experience and played soccer at a very high level, including national team experience in Togo; he also has the unique ability to motivate players and demonstrate a passion for teaching and mentoring. Gabriel is focusing his passion into coaching and is working on his US coaching licenses. 

Monueir Moodie ~ Staff Coach

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Monueir was born and raised in Jamaica where he played his youth soccer.

He accepted and pursued an opportunity to compete and study at Mount Mercy University where graduated with a degree in Finance and Marketing.

While at Mount Mercy, he earned Conference Defensive Player awards, became a team Captain on their national qualifier team and a 2-year Academic All-American in 2015 and 2016.

Upon his graduation from Mount Mercy, he became a Risk Advisor at TrueNorth Companies.

Jessica Gilbert ~ Staff Coach

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Jessica, a native of Louisiana, now calls Iowa home with her husband and children.

Jessica has extensive playing experience, having played at a high level in Virginia and Louisiana, where she helped her teams win several state championships and advance to a Regional Finals. She participated in the Olympic Development Program in both Virginia and Louisiana.

She later accepted a full Division 1 scholarship to the University of South Alabama, ultimately choosing South Alabama over LSU, her eventual alma mater. She earned a role as a starter and became a regular 4 year starter in her collegiate program, winning multiple Sun Belt Conference Championships and advancing to the NCAA tournament. 

Jessica now juggles her time working as a full-time physical therapist, coaching soccer, and watching her 5 children play the game. She enjoys helping kids grow in their love of the sport, as it was such a huge part of her life. 

Brock Karloff ~ Staff Coach

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Brock, a native of Omaha, NE, now resides in the Cedar Rapids area with his spouse.

In addition to his role at FC United, Brock is also the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Cornell College.

He has extensive experience, both as a player and a coach, at Gretna Soccer Club and has actively coached and developed Gretna players from 2012 - 2018. During that time, he was also on the staff at Gretna High School where he helped them qualify for the Nebraska State Tournament six of the seven years during his tenure. He then accepted a position as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Cornell College. 

As a player, Brock played for Arsenal (now Sporting Omaha FC) and was a four-year starter for Gretna High School, where he earned First Team All-State Nebraska three years (sophomore, junior, senior). He was a member of the Nebraska State Championship team for Gretna High in 2002. Played one year at Dana College where he earned All-Conference honors as a freshman.

Brandon Besong
Staff Coach

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Brandon, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, comes from an experienced background in playing club soccer for Heartland and EIU. 

He continued to play Division 1 soccer at Missouri State University where he earned a starting spot as a freshman. During his time at MSU they won 3 out of 4 MVC regular-season titles and he was an MVC All-Conference and All-Region standout his last two years at MSU. 

Brandon earned his bachelors in Accounting and his Masters in Business Administration. Following his graduation, he decided to return to Cedar Rapids and accepted a position at TrueNorth where he is a Risk Management Specialist.  

Brandon is currently completing his Coach Development Program and his USSF Age Group Licensing

Dane Lee ~ Staff Coach / Goalkeeper Coach

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Dane is a native of Jamaica. Dane is a graduate of Mount Mercy University, where he was a member of their Varsity Men's Soccer team.

Dane graduated with a degree in Engineering and is currently a Software Engineer at TransAmerica. One of his objectives is to instill a passion for soccer, in particular to young goalkeepers, while focusing on technical development, decision making, and a strong work ethic.

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FC United

8610 Milburn Rd 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411

Email: [email protected]

FC United

8610 Milburn Rd 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411

Email: [email protected]
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