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Kyt Selaidopoulos - Detroit Ignition Star Indoor Soccer Midfielder
On June 20, 2006, the Detroit Ignition of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) began to establish the foundation of the roster for the state of Michigan's newest professional sports team through a League-wide expansion draft. One player acquired by the first-year club was midfielder Kyt Selaidopoulos of the Milwaukee Wave. Selaidopoulos, a veteran of both professional indoor and outdoor soccer, is a Hellenic Canadian from Montreal who is currently in his third season in the MISL.
"We knew immediately that we had acquired the rights to a player who provided veteran leadership and would make an immediate impact for our club," stated Ignition president Greg Bibb.
Having played soccer since age five and turning professional at 20, Selaidopoulos credits his family and Greek heritage for his interest in the sport. "I grew up watching Greek soccer at home. My father played soccer and so did my two brothers. My family really played a valuable role in my development in soccer, which made my Greek upbringing a major part of my life both at home and on the soccer field."
When asked how warm of a welcome the Great Lakes State has provided, he commented, "The people of southeastern Michigan, and especially the Greek Community, have been very welcoming. The people here have really been supportive of the new club."
Fluent in Greek, French, and English, the 29-year-old returns to Montreal each off-season to spend time with his family and run a series of soccer camps for youth ages 5-15. Selaidopoulos spent one season in the MISL during the 1999-00 campaign with the Montreal Impact before a brief professional outdoor soccer career. He returned to the indoor game with the Cleveland Force just before the 2004-05 season. Prior to his arrival in Detroit, he spent the 2005-06 season with the aforementioned Wave.
"I hope the Greek Community from throughout the region will make it out to support our young team, I'm sure they will have a lot of fun and I extend a special invitation to join us for Greek Night on March 23."