Today we’d like to introduce you to Miguel Uribe.
Hi Miguel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My soccer journey started when I was six years old. My dad signed me up for soccer and I was not happy about it at all. I had never played before, and I was not eager to start then. However, once I got used to the game and began to appreciate it, my connection to the sport grew undeniable.
I first put in a goal when I was eleven years old. I felt as though I was meant to be a goalkeeper. I was fortunate enough to play soccer all throughout my schooling years. When I turned seventeen, I was given the opportunity to play in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a professional club. At that age, I moved from my home in Bogota, Colombia, and made amazing memories with Deportivo Merlo.
When the time came, I was awarded a college soccer scholarship to play in the States. I then moved to the U.S. and continued my career at Graceland University and eventually transferred, and graduated from, Southern Wesleyan University. During my senior year at SWU, I was presented with the unique opportunity to try out for a professional team in the area. This is every soccer player’s dream, and it was becoming my reality.
I remember the day that I was officially told I would be receiving a contract with the Greenville Triumph, and it was amazing. I loved every moment of my professional career. I now believe it is my mission to shape players who want to make it to the next level, whether that be college or professional.
X-Tra Mile Futbol began with me training two players and driving weekly to their homes to give them private lessons. Now, it is a family of players who travel from all over the upstate. While I still do private sessions, I have been able to grow and now provide group sessions and camps.
I am so thankful for where my life has taken me and the path that leads me to X-Tra Mile.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As X-Tra Mile Futbol grew, so did my opportunities. I quickly began to gain new clients, mainly through word of mouth. One thing that makes X-Tra Mile unique, is my ability to travel to my clients; many of which, mean to their backyards.
However, in 2020 when we were first hit by the pandemic, limitations immediately hindered me from growing and from working with current clients. It was no longer safe to be around people who were not in your immediate household, so I was unable to train my players.
This was emotionally challenging as well as mentally challenging. Once the mandates were lifted, and we were given the all-clear, X-Tra Mile picked up where it left off. In this case, with many antsy players who were eager to start training again.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about X-Tra Mile Futbol LLC?
My name is Miguel Uribe and I am the founder of X-Tra Mile Futbol. After my professional soccer career, I felt a burning passion to help players to be able to have the same opportunities that I had experienced- playing college and professional soccer.
This was something that I saw a great need for in the Upstate. My business offers private or group personal training sessions. I also host a number of camps throughout the year. One thing that is unique to X-Tra Mile is my ability to travel to my clients.
I will train players in their own backyard if that is what they prefer, or we can also meet at their local field. I am really proud of the brand that I have built for the business. I pride myself on embracing the X-Tra Mile family’s diversity.
Being an international myself, I understand what it means to showcase nationalism through your playing. I love when I can feel that same pride in my players. The culture surrounding X-Tra Mile personifies “togetherness.”
Everyone has a place, and everyone belongs.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
As a small business, I appreciate every ounce of support that I receive. Every like, shared post, and comment on social media is so meaningful to me.
I work hard to be active daily on my social media accounts. The Facebook and Instagram accounts are a great way to collaborate with me. There is a link you can follow that will lead you to the training request form and camp registrations.
You can also always shoot us a message for any direct questions! I absolutely love to see players and family members repping our gear. That is another awesome way to show your support!
- Website: linkre.ee/xtramilefutbol
- Instagram: @xtramilefutbol
- Facebook: X-Tra Mile Futbol LLC
Greenville Triumph and Kaitlyn Funruh (@k.funruh)