|Home||About Us||Programs||College Program||Fields||
Siikala moved to the United States in the fall of 1992 and entered Campbell University where he was a 1993 Second Team and 1995 First Team All American soccer player. He scored 68 goals and added 21 assists in his 60 game collegiate career despite losing significant number of games to injuries in 1992 and 1994. In 1995, Siikala finished as the nation’s leading scorer and as a result, he was a first-team All-America choice and was one of 12 finalists for the Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually to the top college soccer player in the nation. Nearly a decade and a half later, Siikala’s name still dots the Big South and Atlantic Sun Conference record books. His career points per game mark of 2.72 ranks 21st in NCAA Division I men’s soccer history. In addition to being a two-time All-America and All-South region performer, Siikala was a three-time, first-team all-conference and conference All-Academic team member and was named Campbell’s Outstanding Male Athlete for 1995-96. He graduated in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. In 2010, Campbell University inducted Siikala into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Siikala played his first career season at men's level in 1989 with Sepsi-78 in Finland. In 1990-92, Siikala played for TP-Seinäjoki still in Finland. After finishing college in the U.S., Siikala was the 10th player chosen in the 1996 American Professional Soccer League college draft by the Colorado Foxes. Siikala embarked on a 5-year pro career than included stops with the Nashville Metros, Raleigh Flyers, Charleston Battery, and Hampton Roads Mariners of the United Soccer Leagues (USL), as well as a stint with the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional (Indoor) Soccer League (NPSL). He led his professional teams in scoring four times.