SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—Daghan “Dagi” (pronounced “Dah-Jee“) Kesim grew up in the passionate world of Turkish football. He was getting training and experience with a couple of pro teams in Istanbul and was following in the footsteps of his father who played for Besiktas. He was even in the national team player pool in Turkey — before injury sidetracked his career.
Dagi in his younger days in Turkey. His father is top, left.
Making it in SnoCo
The injury meant he would have to concentrate on coaching to stay in the game. “My mother didn’t want me to get depressed about the end of my pro career. She thought I should just get out of soccer,” Dagi says. “But I stayed with the game coaching in schools and doing private training. Eventually she suggested going to the United States.” In Snohomish County Kesim got several soccer…
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