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Lansing United inks player/coach

PUBLISHED ON: November 15, 2013

He has scored at the top level in soccer in the USA, and now NPSL expansion franchise Lansing United has scored a major signing for their first season.

South African-born Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo (pronounced “Boise”) will wear the #10 shirt and also serve as an assistant coach to bench boss Eric Rudland.

Khumalo’s playing career is highlighted by two stints with MLS club DC United, where he scored a goal against LA Galaxy in 2008 while on loan from the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The 5-10 winger/forward was the first ever freshman to be named NAIA National Player of the Year in his first season at Lindsey Wilson College (KY) in 2001, before moving to NCAA Division 1 Coastal Carolina. His professional career has also included stops with Chicago Fire of MLS, Charleston Battery of the USL, and South African professional side Alexandra United.

“I decided to join the team because I want to help the sport of soccer to grow not only in Lansing but the country,” said Khumalo. “I think I can help the team develop because I have played in all different levels. As a player and a coach I can relate to the players and I can help players to improve each and every day.”

VIDEO: See Boyzzz Khumalo score for DC United

Lansing United has already done its part in growing the game by having formed a partnership with Michigan’s Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), an organization that serves 23 local communities with youth soccer programs. The goal is to have these communities come together to support the team in Lansing.

The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL is the fastest-growing national soccer league in the U.S., operating in 60+ markets across the country. Two Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, operate U-23 squads in the NPSL.

Lansing United will begin play in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference for the 2014 season. Fans can stay updated by visiting or following on Facebook (soccerinlansing) and Twitter (@soccerinlansing).