Sixty years ago with the new wave of immigrants arriving from Yugoslavia, the first Serbian soccer club was formed in the city of Milwaukee, most likely the first soccer club in the United States. From the beginning, the home of the club was and still is at St. Sava grounds on 51st and Oklahoma, and is a legitimate heir to first organized soccer team at St. Sava grounds. The church was instrumental in organizing the club, in 1951, under the direction of late Father Milan Brkic.

Within a few years the club attained the top of the league standings, earning respect from other clubs in the league. To this day, St. Sava soccer grounds are the center of Serbian sports activities in the metropolitan area.

At the end of 1963, and beginning of 1964, our club as well as our church went through a trying and difficult period, which ended when some members of the club left and we were forced to start fresh under a different name. We started our season 1964 as “Serbian White Eagles.” That name stayed with the club until 1968, when the members of Milwaukee Serbians and members of White Eagles decided to reunite, under the new name “United Serbians.” Our club has honored that agreement and kept to this day, that beautiful Serbian name.

From our humble beginnings of one team in First Division and one youth team, we have grown to field one Premier team, one Reserve team and 12 youth teams.

The war in the 1990’s in Yugoslavia, again, led to forceful exodus of Serbs from their homeland. Many resettled in Milwaukee, which brought new life to our community and the soccer club. New players, new management, new fans, but same goals, to keep our youth around our church.

Playing soccer is not the only activity of the club; club participates in all the church activities. Players and club members are active in all position in church board from presidents, vice-presidents, treasurers, secretaries, and board members. Club has always helped the church in any way it could.

The most rewarding is to see three generations; grandfather, son and grandson attend church on Sunday morning, and in the afternoon son and grandson play soccer at the church grounds.

USSC WASA Hall of Famers

Mitch Nedeljkovic

Mitch Nedeljkovic

2013 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Mitch was born in Nis, Serbia, and moved to the United States in the late 1960s. He currently lives in Racine, WI with his wife Snezana. He has three children, Robert, Anita, Ivana, and three grandchildren Tijana, Tamara, and Ognjen. He started playing soccer in 1969 with Racine Soccer Club, and joined the Milwaukee Serbian Soccer Club in 1971, where he played till 1973. Wanting to better his life and further his education, he attended U.W. Parkside where he played soccer from 1972-1973. His most successful soccer achievements were with the United Serbian Soccer Club from 1973-1982, where they won the State Championship in 1980 as a left wing, and many other amateur tournaments in Wisconsin, as well as playing for the Wisconsin All Star Team. In 1983 he joined the newly formed Racine Strikers and played for them till 1987, winning the Milwaukee Auditorium Indoor Championship in 1984. He began his referee career in 1987 as a high school referee up until 2000, and in the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association Division from 1988-1995.

Mile Stanic

Mile Stanic

2012 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Mile was born in Yugoslavia in 1942. He started his soccer career playing for his high school. After high school he played regional adult amateur soccer which was very similar to Wisconsin adult soccer. In 1966 Mile joined his sister in the United States. He immediately became a member of the Serbian White Eagle Soccer Club, which became United Serbian Soccer Club. For 8 years he was a standard defensive-back. Younger players were arriving from Yugoslavia and slowly filling the Majors team. He continued playing for the Reserve Division of the United Serbian Soccer Club for many years. He was coach and manager in 1974 for the United Serbian Soccer Club. For the next 13 years he played and coached the United Serbian Old Timers, who played in many ethnic tournaments in Canada and the United States against some of the best players. In 1977, Mile decided to start refereeing. That didn't last very long because he had too much pride in what he knew about the game. He couldn't stand others telling him how to ref the game. He currently resides in New Berlin with his wife Dorothy.

Simo Sucevic

Simo Sucevic

2011 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Simo Sucevic was born in Yugoslavia in 1940. Simo currently resides in Muskego, WI with his wife Elinor. He played youth and college soccer in Yugoslavia prior to coming to the United States. He started his America soccer career with the United Serbians in 1965. He played with the United Serbians until 1977 and was a defensive selection to the Wisconsin All-Star team numerous times. Simo's coaching career started in 1971 while still as player for the United Serbians he assumed the role of coach. As the United Serbian player/coach he lead the team to a Wisconsin Major Division and Wisconsin Challenge Cup championships. After retiring as a player in 1977, Simo continued coaching the United Serbians to many successful seasons and championships in the Wisconsin Challenge Cup and the Serbian National Federation Championship in 1979, involving teams from both the United States and Canada. In addition to his success as the United Serbians Major team coach, Simo has coached United Serbian youth teams, including U16, U19 and U23. He has also coached at Muskego High School and was the varsity soccer coach at Whitnall High School from 1986 to 1994.

Vojislav (Bobby) Tubic

Vojislav (Bobby) Tubic

2011 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Vojislav Tubic currently resides in Milwaukee, WI. He is the father of two sons, Marko and Misha, and grandfather of Lidia and Madeline. Vojislav passed his love of soccer to all his family. His son Marko played soccer for Whitefish Bay High School, later coaching his two daughters, Lidia and Madeline, beginning with the youth program until high school, where he was an outstanding Hamilton player, making the All City Soccer selection team. Misha was recruited by UWM and remains active in the sport today. Bobby was born in Yugoslavia in 1940. He began playing soccer as a youth in Yugoslavia, where he mastered the basics of the game. In 1950, the Tubic family immigrated to the United States and Bob arrived in 1956. Bobby quickly joined the Milwaukee (Serbians) Soccer Club. At the age of 16, he was talented enough to make the team. Bobby was a key member of the successful Milwaukee Serbians teams from 1957 to 1961. His team won the Wisconsin Challenge Cups in 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1961 and additional State Championships in 1957 and 1958. In 1963, Bobby was instrumental in the organization of the new White Eagles Soccer Club which, in 1968, was renamed the United Serbians SC. Under his on-the-field leadership, the United Serbians won numerous indoor and Wisconsin championships, including the Wisconsin Championship in 1973 and American-Serbian Federation Championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Bobby's playing skills and leadership ability were key ingredients in the success all his teams achieved. Bobby has remained active, as a youth coach and administrator with the United Serbians SC. He assisted the WCTC soccer program to winning the Wisconsin Junior Championships in 1973 and 1974 and he was selected to the All Conference Select Team. He sponsored the Wisconsin Hunter's SC to promote the growth of soccer in Southeastern Wisconsin.

David Hodgson

David Hodgson

2010 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Dave was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1959. Currently resides in Hubertus, WI with his wife Jamie. Dave has two daughters, Sonya and Katrina. His youth soccer experience, like many others started with the Salvation Army where he began his journey of soccer success. He was a key player for both Milwaukee Madison High School and then Marquette University. Dave had a long and successful playing career with the Milwaukee Bavarian's and the United Serbians. He also played professionally with the Milwaukee Wave. He was one of Wisconsin soccer’s most prolific goal scorers for many years. His talents were recognized by his selection to three National Sports Festivals teams and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team from 1982 to 1984. Dave has since had an extensive coaching career with youth teams in Cedarburg and with the Milwaukee Bavarian's. As a club coach with the United Serbians and as a high school coach at Cedarburg High School.

Boro Sucevic

Boro Sucevic

2010 Hall of Fame (WASA)

He currently resides in Elm Grove, WI with his wife Elizabeth. Mr. Sucevic has two children, Elizabeth Mira and Thomas. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1961. “Boro” has an incredible resume, both as a player and as a coach. In the Wisconsin Soccer Association he played for the Milwaukee Serbians, United Serbians, Milwaukee Sports Club, Milwaukee Bavarians, Reinders SC and the Waukesha County Rampage. He led his teams to three Major Division and two Challenge Cup championships. He was selected to the Wisconsin All-Star Team from 1981 to 1989. Professionally he played in the NASL with the Chicago Sting and the San Jose Earthquakes; in the ASL with the Oklahoma City Slickers; in the MISL with the Phoenix Inferno/Pride; in the SSL with the St. Petersburg Thunderbolts; and in the indoor NPSL with Milwaukee Wave, Columbus Capitals, Memphis Storm, Hershey Impact and Chicago Power. Boro has a USSF A Coaching License. He has coached at the high school level at Homestead HS and Dominican HS; college at Ripon and Marquette; amateur with the PDL Wisconsin Rebels; profession teams with the Chicago Power and Milwaukee Rampage; and youth soccer as the Director of Coaching for the Milwaukee Kickers and the Elm Grove Youth Soccer Club, where he is currently Elm Grove Fire JR Director of Coaching. He was selected as the WSA Head Coach from 1990 to 1993 and also as the Region II Head Coach in 1993.

Miroslav Rokvic

Miroslav Rokvic

2008 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Mr. Rokic was born in Drvar, Yugoslavia in 1954 and where he began playing youth soccer. Miro immigrated to Wisconsin and attended UW-Milwaukee from 1973 to 1977. He was instrumental in reviving the UW-Milwaukee soccer program. He also began playing for the United Serbians S.C. in 1973, where he played for the Major Division team for 16 years. As a prolific goal scorer, Miro led the United Serbians to numerous Wisconsin Challenge Cup championships, indoor titles, and State Championships in 1973 and 1980. Miro's skills as a forward were widely recognized and he was selected as a Wisconsin All-Star six times.

Dusan Kresovic

Dusan Kresovic

2006 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Mr. Kresovic was born in Yugoslavia, in 1944. Before coming to Wisconsin, Dusan played for six years for teams in the Yugoslavian Soccer Federation's Premier League from 1960 to 1965. In Wisconsin Mr. Kresovic played in the Major Division, mostly with the United Serbians Soccer Club, for eighteen years beginning in 1967. Dusan was a leader for the United Serbians team throughout this period. His playing skills received national recognition with his selection to the 1972 USA Olympic Team roster. In addition to playing, Dusan has coached at the youth and adult levels, and served as a Metro referee.

Dmitar (Mich) Jovic

Dmitar (Mich) Jovic

2003 Hall of Fame (WASA)

Mich started playing soccer in Yugoslavia. He immigrated to Milwaukee and he has spent much of his life as a machinist and involved in soccer, supporting the Wisconsin Soccer Association and United Serbian SC. He has played for the United Serbian SC. He currently is on the Hall Of Fame committee, referee soccer games, assesses referees and is on the discipline committee for the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association. He has wife and two sons.

Milan (Doc) Stojsavljevic

Milan (Doc) Stojsavljevic

1998 Hall of Fame (WASA)

He is a member of the United Serbians, played many years of professional soccer in the North American Soccer League and the Major indoor Soccer league in the U.S. and Canada. He has coached on the youth and senior level in Milwaukee.

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