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Former HSU soccer players enjoying life in the pro ranks

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A pair of former Humboldt State soccer players are currently enjoying life in the pro ranks, as they get set for their respective upcoming seasons.

Josh Suggs, who played at HSU from 2007 to 2010, plays for New Mexico United in the USL Championship, while Mumbi Kwesele, who played at HSU for two years in 2016 and 2017, now plays for the Richmond Kickers in the USL League 1.

“Josh played at Humboldt before I arrived, but I have heard many positive things from past players about his impact on our program,” current HSU men’s soccer coach Fred Jungemann said. “He has had an amazing 10-year career as a professional since graduating. To my knowledge, he has had the most extensive professional career of any Lumberjack soccer player. His journey as a professional is a great example of the role hard work and perseverance play to ultimately reaching your goals.”

Suggs was a four-year letter-winner for the Lumberjacks and was a three-time All-California Collegiate Athletic Association selection.

He scored 22 goals and had seven assists in his time at HSU and is currently seventh on the program’s all-time career goals list. 

And Suggs says his time at HSU helped prepare him for a pro career in the game.

“As I look back at my time at Humboldt State, everyone played a role to help me get to where I am at now in my professional career,” he said. “From my teammates to the coaches to (strength and conditioning coach) Drew Petersen, I really appreciate how everyone treated me like family”

Suggs has played professional soccer since 2011, beginning his career with the Los Angeles Blues (USL Pro) in 2011 and spending time with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer in 2012. 

He also played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL), the Orange County Blues (USL Pro/USL) and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

He has been with New Mexico United since 2019. 

Kwesele, meanwhile, played two seasons for the Jacks after transferring from Barry University, earning All-CCAA honors in 2017.

“I had the pleasure of coaching Mumbi for two seasons,” Jungemann said. “He was a huge part of our program both on and off the field. He was a talented player who always stood out on the field and received all-conference recognition as a result. Off the field, his influence was even been bigger. He was an inspirational leader who always led by example. 

“He pushed our program to be more involved in community service and social justice initiatives and awareness. He made a huge impact on our entire community and his positive impact will be felt for years to come.”

Like Suggs, Kwesele says his time at HSU helped prepare him for his future pro career.

“Playing at Humboldt State was a huge part of my development that pushed me to the pro level,” he said. “When I came in, coach Fred Jungemann had an unbelievable amount of confidence in my ability to help the team and gave me game-time that reflected that trust which is crucial for any player to grow. 

“It took us a while to figure out which spot was best for me but he gave me freedom in the roles I played to find the game and make a difference.”

After Humboldt State, Kwesele started his professional career as a member of Real Union B in Spain, before joining the Richmond Kickers.

“I want to play at the highest levels possible but I’m not attaching myself to the idea of moving to any particular leagues and teams,” he added. “The pressure I put on myself is to be present and focused on being the best version of myself right now.”

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