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Forward Madison adds 'diamond in the rough' in Michael Vang

By Jason Klein, 01/16/20, 12:00PM CST


19-year-old midfielder played for United States youth national teams, spent 2019 with Portugese club

Forward Madison FC has signed 19-year old midfielder Michael Vang to its 2020 roster, the club announced Thursday. Vang has previously played with U.S. youth national teams and spent the latter half of 2019 in the Portugese third division

According to head coach Daryl Shore, Vang’s creativity on the ball should give Forward fans plenty of reason to be excited about their new Flamingo. 

“We think we may have found a diamond in the rough with Mike,” Shore said. “Provided he works hard every day and continues to develop his game, Mike could compete for minutes right away with us.”

For Vang, who impressed Shore at the Flamingos’ invite combine earlier this month, this moment has been a long time in the making.

 “It’s an amazing feeling, signing my first pro contract,” Vang said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since a young age, and I’m going to do my best to climb up the ranks of the team.” 

Vang grew up in Saint Paul, Minn. and played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at Shattuck-Saint Mary’s boarding school, earning call-ups along the way to U.S. youth national teams. In 2018, Vang decided to forgo college to start his soccer career in Europe. Vang signed for S.U. 1º Dezembro, a third-division club in Portugal, and after spending a year with their U-19s, was promoted to the first team in 2019. 

Vang, who will likely play for the Flamingos as a central midfielder, said he’s ready to take his shot in Madison. 

 “I like being the playmaker, creating for my teammates and also for myself,” Vang said. “Looking at the games from afar online, it seemed amazing, so I’m excited to get in and start working.”

Season tickets for Forward Madison FC’s 2020 season are now available! Get yours by calling 608-204-0855 or visit

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