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Facility aimed at keeping soccer hot during Utah's winter

WEST JORDAN (Deseret News) — It's a problem that many youth, recreation and even competitive league soccer coaches across the valley find themselves in every year.

Each spring, Ab Rees takes his team out of state to compete in tournaments. And each year, Rees, like many other coaches along the Wasatch Front, finds his team struggling to compete against those from states where snow and winter aren't factors.

In the spring, most Utah teams are just getting outside to start practicing on grass again. Teams from areas such as Arizona and Southern California, however, have already been practicing outdoors for months.

"They're in the middle of an outdoor league for crying out loud. It's just very, very hard to compete," said Rees.

But he hopes that will all change thanks to a unique training facility that has just opened in West Jordan.

Rees, along with two other area coaches, Dennis Burrows and Patrick Rennie, have gotten together to open the United Soccer Center, a soccer-exclusive facility that allows teams to practice outdoor soccer, inside. All three men are coaches for Salt Lake City Sparta in the Women's Premier Soccer League.

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