By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– If you know anything about the Corban University Men’s Soccer squad, you’ll know about their vast variety of diversity on their squad.
That reach that stretches beyond the United States with student-athletes from different countries that make the Corban Warriors squad unique all in its own.
What makes the squad more unique is the fact that Corban has three sets of brothers, six total siblings, on the same squad. Their names:
Timur Zhivdize, brother Iliya Zhividze from Russia. Jordy and Jordan Salim from Indonesia and there’s Jordan and Nic Farr from Turner, Oregon.
“I think it’s pretty sweet to see how connected we get,” said Timur Zhividze. “Even with all the diversity that we get and races on the team, this team is like family and the way we’re connecting, it’s one of the best team’s I’ve played on to be connected like family.”
As you can imagine, making the transition from anything is difficult. High School to College, moving to a new city or State; it’s difficult.
But to another country and learn another culture?
It is but they know they got that support system behind them with their sibling going through it alongside with them.
For Iliya, having his brother Timur around has helped in the transition from Russia to American Life.
“The competition never stops so I really enjoy it, I mean we’re helping each other out,” said Iliya Zhividze. “If he needs help in school, I’m there for him to support him. If he needs help financially, I’m there for him. Same goes for me, he’s always with me, he’s always supportive for me too.”
“Like as (Iliya) said how we have a part of our family in the school, it really helps us in the school,” adds Jordan Salim about having his brother Jordy with him. “Anytime we need help, we have a brother here. It’s like a great experience while having and enjoying my time with my brother in here, it’s really nice.”
Jordan’s brother Jordy Salim knows the fact that both are at Corban is something they should be proud as part of their journey to this point.
“I think it’s something we should appreciate because we work hard to get here,” he said.
Jordy also points to the adjustment of how physical American soccer compare to what he was used to back home in Indonesia where it’s more speed and skill and not nearly as physical as it is here in the States.
“Soccer in America is a lot more physical,” starts Jordy Salim. “Body use, shoulder charge and all that. In Indonesia we don’t have physical play, it’s just a matter of speed and just skills.
“But everyone on the team has been really helpful to us, helping us adjust to the US Soccer. I’ve haven’t played in any of the conference games, but I’ve learned a lot; adjusting to how they play over here.”
Jordan Farr said that it’s been awesome to have seen his younger brother Nic grow as an individual as both get an opportunity to play at the next level together.
“Nic’s a super high quality player, so I’m never having to elevate a different way than I would anyone else, he doesn’t need any help, he’s doing it all himself,” said Farr. “So to see him grow has been really cool and I’ve been apart of it the whole time, like just watching.
“It’s been a dream come true to be fair, I wish we could do it for another 18 years, just continue to play together because we push each other a lot. He understands me and I understand him.”
Timur mentions that what him and his brother Iliya are doing, is a first for their family and hopes it’ll be an inspiration for the younger generations within their family to be inspire to be just like them.
“It’s pretty sweet especially knowing we’re the first people in out family to go to college and actually stay in college throughout the year,” he said. “So its just not a big step for us, but for our family and to show that college does make you successful hopefully and in a few years it will pay off.
“But I think that’s a big step for our little brother or little nephews or nieces that would eventually look up to us and say, ‘hey, these guys went to college and look at them where they’re at right now’ and hopefully that’ll be a inspiration for them.”
Cascade Alum Jordan Farr seconds that as him and brother Nic are trying to do the same with their younger brother Jacob who’s preparing to enter High School here in a short time to follow his dreams as they did.
“For Jake we just trying to be the best influence on him in all of life and not just for soccer but for being a man,” said Jordan Farr. “So being able to be around, he’s going into freshman year next year, so he’s a eighth-grader right now so it’s a really important time that he has older brothers and he has a community around him that want to support him whatever he does,
“Rather it’s soccer, rather it’s academics, music, anything. You just want to love on him and be around him. So the fact that he gets to come and watch us, and watch us give it all on the field I’m sure it has a positive influence on him and I know we’ve just grown closer these last four years because we’ve been able to see him grown through these last few years and for him to see how we’ve grown. It’s just been a feeding off each other.”
There’s something about siblings, something about that family aspect. Yeah we may fight with one another over something, but hey, who doesn’t? At the end of the day, family is family and family finds whatever way possible to make one another successful as these fine gentlemen have.