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Ten countries unite to form MSUB Soccer team that looks to make history

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MSUB Men's Soccer Defender Tom Saltwell joins the program from England MSUB Men's Soccer Defender Tom Saltwell joins the program from England
MSUB Men's Soccer Coach Alex Balog originates from Belgium MSUB Men's Soccer Coach Alex Balog originates from Belgium
MSUB Men's Soccer Defender/Midfielder Guillaume Kremer joins the program from France MSUB Men's Soccer Defender/Midfielder Guillaume Kremer joins the program from France

In Billings, ten countries unite as one team, and that team is looking to make history this week. 

The Montana State University Billings Men's Soccer team is trying to do what they have never been able to do in school history: qualify for the NCAA West Regional Tournament. 

The Yellowjackets are led by Alex Balog, and the 2016 roster is truly international.

"We gave guys from Australia, from Brazil, Guatemala, kind of all over the world," Balog said. "Montana's not really a soccer hub, so we often have to go out of state, and even international to put together a team that's competitive."

This year Balog's roster includes players from England, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia, Mexico, Belgium, and the United States.

New faces on the field this season include Guillaume Kremer, a defender for the team from France. 

"(It's) a very good opportunity for me to learn English, to learn a new culture, and to play soccer in the United States," Kremer said. "We have a very good time, not only on the field, but off of the field, because the men are very nice, as (are) the people of Billings."

Senior Defender Tom Saltwall originates from England, and said the sport looks different overseas.

"Back home, I'd say it's a lot more physical, where over here it's a lot more technical," Saltwall said. "It's interesting because when I first came over, I expected myself to pick up the American culture, but i'd say rather in our team, you get Americans picking up our culture and saying words we say...it's cool."

Coach Balog also knows the transition from European football to American soccer, as he originates from Belgium and moved to the states on a soccer scholarship eleven years ago. 

Together, these men from around the world are shooting for a bid to the program's first ever NCAA Regional berth. Right now, Yellowjackets are sitting at number 8 in the conference, and need a top 6 placement to punch their ticket. With 8 wins this season and strong chemistry, the team feels confident heading into road games against #3 Simon Fraser and Western Washington.

"The guys are very confident, so is the coaching staff," Balog said, "so we're gonna go get after it."

MSUB Men's Soccer will take on Simon Fraser this Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Stay updated with the Yellowjackets and all your local teams on SWX Montana. 

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