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This past weekend FC Diablos suffered back to back losses against DeKalb County United and Berber City FC.

Against DeKalb County Diablos started the scoring in the 10th minute by Kevin Sanchez. A pass across goal went straight to Sanchez’s boot and he slotted into an empty net.

However DeKalb weren’t giving up a fight and got two on the scoreboard in the 18th and 25th minute to make it 2-1. Diablos didn’t respond until the 62nd minute with Magnus Parente with a freekick right outside the box.

A cross lofted into the box found Jordan Walker in the box and he put it into the net to tie the game up. DeKalb wasn’t done just yet and they after stealing the ball off of Delphy Sabu and a pass to an open player in the box led to the game winning goal making the score 3-2 to DeKalb.

The next day was the last home game of the season against Berber City FC. Coming off a loss Diablos was looking to recover and try to get out a win.

Berber City came out strong and within 39 minutes they were up 3-0 taking out much hope of Diablos coming back. But in typical Diablos fashion they scored two goals in two minutes with two minutes until halftime.

A goal from Julian Campos off a freekick and a strong header from Ethan Miller from a corner of Magnus Parente shortened the goal margin to only one goal.

In the second half Berber City scored in the 55th minute followed by a goal scored by Walker in the 66th minute with a left footed shot into the net to make the score 4-2. One minute after Walker’s goal Berber City sealed the win making the scoreline 5-3.

FC Diablos’s next match will be on Saturday, July 17 ay 5 p.m. against Chicago Athletic FC.

Where to follow
To keep up to date with the team, follow on Twitter (ILProSoccer), Instagram (illinoisprosoccer), and like FC Diablos on Facebook.

The document Matchday_Recap-_FC_Diablos_vs._Berber_City.pdf was attached to this post.

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Although Magnus Parente came late into the FC Diablos season he has been crucial to the team scoring last minute goals and doing some quick feet to get past players.

Prior to playing for FC Diablos Parente went to Urbana High School, played for Illinois FC Soccer Club and then switched to Central Illinois United. Once the school year resumes he will head back to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Parente’s goal after college is to keep playing soccer as much as his body will allow him to.

“I do want to eventually head over to Europe and try to play professionally at some level,” Parente said.

For now Parente is building up skills and resume at FC Diablos, which Jordan Walker reached out to him and asked if he was interested in joining.

Parente and Walker knew each other from playing on Central Illinois United together in their high school years. Walker convinced Parente by mentioning that several of their former club teammates would be on the team as well.

Playing over the summer wasn’t something Parente had on his mind rather individual training, but he was interested in the idea of playing with a team and talked to head coach and Club President Roberto Yepez about joining.

Ever since putting on the FC Diablos uniform, he has performed well and has been able to get last minute goals against Steel City FC and RWB Adria. Although both games ended in losses he helped the opposing team not get a clean sheet.

Another thing that Magnus has shown on the field is his ability to get past players with quick feet.

“I don’t know if I was lucky with my ability on the ball and my technical abilities, but I’ve done a lot of juggling in my time and I have a bunch of mini-balls that I’m constantly dribbling around the house. I might be driving my parents crazy, but that’s been really helpful,” Parente said.

Parente has appeared in four games, scored two goals and grabbed one assist and has been impactful in the midfield. The season isn’t over yet with four games left, but he has much to say about it.

“I’m pretty pleased with how the season is going, it’s been really good,” Parente said. “Definitely from more of a life perspective it has just been nice to meet new people…that I’ve built friendships with over the past couple of months.”

“From a soccer perspective it’s been a pretty good season as well. Unfortunately the last couple of games haven’t been exactly the result we wanted but before that we were on a great run of form. It’s just been great and a lot of fun.”

The document FCD_Article_GFX_Website__1_.pdf was attached to this post.

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Although Magnus Parente came late into the FC Diablos season he has been crucial to the team scoring last minute goals and doing some quick feet to get past players.

Prior to playing for FC Diablos Parente went to Urbana High School, played for Illinois FC Soccer Club and then switched to Central Illinois United. Once the school year resumes he will head back to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Parente’s goal after college is to keep playing soccer as much as his body will allow him to.

“I do want to eventually head over to Europe and try to play professionally at some level,” Parente said.

For now Parente is building up skills and resume at FC Diablos, which Jordan Walker reached out to him and asked if he was interested in joining.

Parente and Walker knew each other from playing on Central Illinois United together in their high school years. Walker convinced Parente by mentioning that several of their former club teammates would be on the team as well.

Playing over the summer wasn’t something Parente had on his mind rather individual training, but he was interested in the idea of playing with a team and talked to head coach and Club President Roberto Yepez about joining.

Ever since putting on the FC Diablos uniform, he has performed well and has been able to get last minute goals against Steel City FC and RWB Adria. Although both games ended in losses he helped the opposing team not get a clean sheet.

Another thing that Magnus has shown on the field is his ability to get past players with quick feet.

“I don’t know if I was lucky with my ability on the ball and my technical abilities, but I’ve done a lot of juggling in my time and I have a bunch of mini-balls that I’m constantly dribbling around the house. I might be driving my parents crazy, but that’s been really helpful,” Parente said.

Parente has appeared in four games, scored two goals and grabbed one assist and has been impactful in the midfield. The season isn’t over yet with four games left, but he has much to say about it.

“I’m pretty pleased with how the season is going, it’s been really good,” Parente said. “Definitely from more of a life perspective it has just been nice to meet new people…that I’ve built friendships with over the past couple of months.”

“From a soccer perspective it’s been a pretty good season as well. Unfortunately the last couple of games haven’t been exactly the result we wanted but before that we were on a great run of form. It’s just been great and a lot of fun.”

The document FCD_Article_GFX_Website.pdf was attached to this post.

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This weekend FC Diablos will be playing back to back matches against Dekalb County United away on Saturday and Berber City FC at home on Sunday for the last home match of the season.

Diablos are coming off a 3-2 loss against Steel City FC on June 29 in a tough, physical match full of lightning delays.

FC Diablos currently sit sixth in the Midwest Premier League West Division table and stand with a record of 3-2-2.

Scouting DeKalb County United
Dekalb County United are coming off a 3-0 loss against Steel City FC on July 7. The team currently hold a 1-5-1 record and sit 11th in the table.

The match will be on Saturday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Scouting Berber City FC
Berber City’s most recent result is a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Mustangs on July 1. They sit above FC Diablos at fourth in the table and have a record of 4-3-2.

The match will be on Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m.

*Last home game celebration *
The match against Berber City FC will mark the last home game of the season for FC Diablos. It will be a youth soccer night so kids will be able to use their skills on the field during halftime. After the game there will be a meet and greet with the players of FC Diablos.

Where to watch
MyCujoo – http://diablossoccer.com/Live.php (Sunday)

Where to follow
To keep up to date with the team, follow on Twitter (ILProSoccer), Instagram (illinoisprosoccer), and like FC Diablos on Facebook.

The document _FC_Diablos_Match_Day_GFX_Website_.pdf was attached to this post.

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FC Diablos are full of in-state and international players. Nicolas “Nico” Esparon is one of those players who has added some French flair to the squad.

Hailing from Saint-Denis, Reunion, France, Esparon originally wasn’t even looking to take his soccer skills to the next level. A year before his senior year he was set to go to Paris to continue his education, but there were scouts who were visiting. For a week out of 500 players, there were tests during the week and games on the weekend.

“Lucky I was like one of the five players selected to go play overseas,” Esparon said. “Three of them went to Canada and two of us to the United States.”

Esparon currently attends Monmouth College majoring in Business Administration, but that’s not where he started his collegiate career. He began at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa but then moved to where he is right now at Monmouth.

How Esparon stumbled upon FC Diablos was from his coach at Monmouth. They talked about the club and him and a friend on the team were about to try out, but due to COVID-19 only Esparon could make it.

Although he had thoughts of going back home to France to be with his family, he spoke to them over the phone and told them about the chance that he had to play semi-professional soccer. He ultimately chose to stay and contacted current FC Diablos head coach and Club President Roberto Yepez.

From there he started his journey in Diablo’s colors. Esparon usually plays as a forward at Monmouth, but he was switched to a center defensive midfielder.

Although the season is not over with four more matches left, Esparon can say that his first season for FC Diablos has gone well for him.

“It’s my first time playing for a semi-pro team and I think I did pretty good,” Esparon said. “I’m happy honestly, especially since I played a position I’ve never played before…I just think I did really well, you know. I’ve done some mistakes obviously and you know it’s a common error from everybody. Overall I think I did pretty good.”

If you’ve come to a match you might have heard Esparon yelling or screaming at his team to help lead them. Esparon hasn’t always been this loud on the field, but he grew from being the quiet player he once was.

His father used to play soccer in France and one piece of advice he gave Esparon was that leadership was a key point in any sport you play.

“When I first came to the U.S. my freshman and sophomore year I was kind of like the quiet kid, but soon I realized I want to be someone and go to the next level,” Esparon said. “I just want to be that one person that helps each other…What I know about soccer is what somebody else don’t know so that’s why I try to talk with my teammates.”

Just four matches left in the season FC Diablos will look to fight hard on the field to gain as many points as they can to get close to first. You can expect Jordan Walker to score more goals and Esparon to lead the team and help out in any way he can.

The document Nico_Esparon_Mask_Website_.pdf was attached to this post.