The KLG Story
Born of celebration, raised on self expression and pride; Kick Like a Girl is all about empowering young women. KLG bands are a traveling trophy case on which they can share their achievements and awards with the world. Developed by Jean and Tommy Soehn as a way to showcase individuality and accomplishment, Kick Like a Girl was founded in 2012. A celebration of all things sport, the energy, the enthusiasm, the work ethic, the motivation; KLG brand gear is a way to showcase our passions.
Kick Like a Girl began as a side project for Jean Soehn, who sought an alternative to traditional trophies that began to collect dust on her children’s shelves. Hoping to find a way to make player awards more usable and meaningful, she wrestled with several design ideas before developing the perfect traveling trophy case. KLG bands are a fresh, innovative way for soccer players and other young athletes to carry their trophies and awards with them, easily sharing their accomplishments with friends, relatives, and other soccer players.
The patented KLG bands hold five award or personality pentas securely in place for quick and easy display of young soccer players’ proudest moments. Featuring over thirty different award pentas, and an ever evolving line of personality pentas, the KLG line offers a unique way for each young soccer player to tell the tale of their sporting lives via a wearable band that features five interchangeable and easily recognizable pentas. KLG cases are a great place to conveniently store your bands and pentas while wearing other bands or penta combinations. They’re S’Awesome!
Tom Soehn has spent his life in and around the game of soccer. He began playing at an early age, eventually playing his way into the MLS, the United States’ top professional league. Soehn’s time in professional soccer included a 13 year (1988-2000) playing career as a defender/midfielder in professional leagues, including four seasons in the MLS with the Dallas Burn (now known as FC Dallas) and Chicago Fire. After being selected in the second round (13th overall) in the inaugural MLS Player Draft in February 1996, Soehn missed the team’s inaugural season due to injury before returning to action the next year as an integral part of Dallas’ 1997 US Open Cup title team.
In 1998, Soehn returned to his hometown, Chicago, Illinois, to join the expansion club, Chicago Fire, following a midseason trade from Dallas. He was a key member of the Fire team that won both the MLS Cup and US Open Cup titles that year. Soehn and the Fire followed up that performance with another Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title in 2000.
Soehn’s playing career began in 1988 when he played both indoor and outdoor soccer. Before MLS, his playing career included time in the Major Indoor Soccer League (Wichita Wings 1988-1992), Candian Soccer League (Ottawa Intrepid-1989 and Hamilton Steelers-1990), American Professional Soccer League (Colorado Foxes-1992-1994), National Professional Soccer League (Denver Thunder 1992-1993), and Continental Indoor Soccer League (Las Vegas Dustdevils- 1995). During his time with Colorado, Tom helped the Foxes win two APSL titles (1992, 1993). Soehn played collegiately at Western Illinois University from 1984 to 1987, scoring 51 points (19 goals, 18 assists). He remains on the school’s top 20 scoring list, and was inducted into the Bulldog’s athletic hall of fame in 2003.
After five championships as a player, the Chicago native began his coaching career. Soehn has 10 years of experience as a head coach and assistant, including three seasons in Chicago and six with DC United. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire, where he was Bob Bradley’s first assistant from in 2001 and 2002 and served in the same capacity for Dave Sarachan in 2003. In 2004, Soehn moved to DC United, where he served as first assistant to Peter Nowak, helping the team win the MLS Cup in 2004 and the 2006 Supporters’ Shield. After three seasons, Soehn was promoted to head coach in December 2006 and led the team to its second straight Supporters’ Shield in 2007. In 2008, he guided the team to the US Open Cup championship and to the group stage of the CONCAF Champions League tournament in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010
In January 2010, Soehn was appointed as the Vancouver Whitecaps first director of soccer operations, where he developed and managed the club’s roster, including the team’s player scouting, identification, and recruitment system as the team prepared for its entry into MLS in 2011. Soehn returned to the bench in late 2011, coaching the Whitecaps for the remainder of their inaugural season following the departure of Coach Tietur Thordason. In 2012 he returned to the front office as director of soccer operations, helping form the team that qualified for the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs- the first Canadian team to ever reach the postseason.
Tom is currently on the coaching staff with the New England Revolution, a team continually in the hunt for another MLS Championship.
Tom and his wife Jean have four children: T.J., Payton, Sydney, and Addison.
A motivated mother of four, lifelong soccer player, and passionate entrepreneur, Jean founded Kick Like a Girl in 2012. She grew up playing youth soccer in Minnesota, quickly rising through the elite ranks and even winning a Minnesota State High School championship before going on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Denver. At the University of Denver she was named team captain and became an All-American. While at the University of Denver, she met her future husband Tommy, also a soccer player who would go on to play professionally at several stops around the United States and Canada.
Through these experiences Jean developed a unique understanding of the global soccer community, not only form a player’s perspective, but also from that of a fan, a parent, and a coach. These insights ultimately led her to design and develop the Kick Like a Girl brand and the KLG bands system.
Jean and her husband Tommy have four children: T.J., Payton, Sydney, and Addison.
The word is spreading
As a coach I not only love the unique magnetic KLG band, but love the concept of the “Award PENTAS” I find it very motivational for my girls…Girls are so unique and the KLG band allows them to work hard and create their own style with their personality PENTAS….Coaches too, I have my own KLG bands and it survives the toughest workouts….Phenomenal product!
My 12 year old daughter loves her Kick Like a Girl Band and PENTAS! She wears it all the time and can’t wait for her coach to order the AWARD PENTAS.
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