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Sioux Falls Thunder FC donates money to help competitor in need

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:25 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The Sioux Falls Thunder Football Club announced they will be donating to an opposing team, to help a player who was injured in a recent soccer match here in Sioux Falls.

In their match against Med City Football Club out of Rochester, Minnesota on June 9th, the Med City goalkeeper Gal Elyashiv was badly injured in a collision with a Thunder forward.

Gal suffered a concussion, a split lip, and several fractures to his cheek and orbital bones. He has already had surgery on his lip and will undergo surgery to fix his cheek and orbital bone next.

“You know there’s a lot of expenses that are involved,” said Frank Spaeth, co-owner and General Manager of Med City FC. “Gal is actually from Israel and he’s a student and so he doesn’t have his own health insurance, so he’s looking at tens of thousands of dollars in the medical cost.”

To help get the word out about Gal’s GoFuneMe page, the Thunder made a post on social media to encourage those who can, to donate.

Owners of both clubs say coming together to help out each team and player is what makes semi-pro leagues like theirs so great.

“We’re a semi-pro league, are players are not paid players, many of them are college students, working young men some have families, as a league we obviously need to support each other and the players to make sure that everyone is taken care of,” said Daniel Haggerty, Owner and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Thunder FC.

The fundraiser made nearly $10,000 after being up for just 8 hours. A link to the go-fund-me page can be found by clicking here.

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