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About Us

Break Away is recognized as an innovative soccer leader in the Madison area. Break Away was the first complex built for indoor soccer; first to bring small sided soccer to the Madison area, and first to bring rubber-filled turf fields to the indoor game. Soccer is our priority. 

Break Away is also a valuable contributor to the community - developing partnerships and programs with Second Harvest Food Bank- Champion's League Food Drive; MAYSA - Alan Gould Scholarship Fund; Millennium SC - Give me Five as well as many other charitable groups. With the graciousness of our customers, these programs thrive.

These character principles promote good soccer and support our business model to create a social and family atmosphere for exercise and healthy life through soccer.

Examples of Break Away commitment to a healthy family atmosphere:

  • Break Away does not run a lot of lucrative tournaments - an overemphasis on winning and overplay can lead to burn out and injury

  • No alcohol is served while youth play games

  • Working together for a common goal - team work is an integral part of our Break Away teams

  • Our referees are reliable and accountable

  • No membership fees

  • No referee fees

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Meet Our Staff

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Matt Lombardino

Owner & General Manager

General Manager - Matt has managed indoor soccer since 1984. He has coached and played at many levels of soccer. Formerly a Captain of Madison Memorial High School Boys Varsity Soccer and Hockey Teams. Also a former player for the UW-Madison and Madison 56ers - Majors. As a coach, Matt is a former director of UW-Madison Badger and Premier Goalkeeping Camps, former coach for Madison Memorial H.S. and goalkeeping coach for Edgewood College. Graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology. Matt enjoys a variety of sports and activities including UW sports, GB Packers, playing golf (seldom and poorly) and spending time with his family.

Contact Matt ( for items related to:

  • Officiating/Staff Feedback

  • General Feedback


Jamieson Laabs

Director of Operations

Jamieson has been part of the Break Away Team since 2009. He is an avid lover of soccer and has been playing since the age of 10. He attended East High School and played 3 years of varsity soccer (1 year with Matti Sahel). He played intramural soccer while at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and after college continued playing in Madison’s adult leagues. Jamie follows European club soccer, especially the "big 5" leagues (Premiership, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, & Ligue 1) & Champion's League. Arsenal is his team. Besides loving the beautiful game, he also enjoys golf, basketball, and Formula 1 racing. His other passion besides sports is music.  He is also a happy dog dad to his Yellow Lab, Lou.

Contact Jamie ( for items related to:

  • Manager

  • Informational Scheduling Inquiries


Matti Sahel

Director of Marketing

Matti has had a passion for the sport of soccer ever since he was three years old. After playing recreational soccer until the age of ten, he began his club career with Princeton Soccer Club (PSC) and played with them for two years. Following PSC, Matti then continued to play club soccer for Madison FC for the next five years helping his u18 team to a second place finish in State Cup in 2007. Throughout high school, Matti also achieved success through soccer. He was a three year varsity letter winner at Madison East High School (in 2005 he even played with Jamie Laabs) and helped his school achieve its first ever WIAA State Soccer Tournament appearance in 2006. Following his graduation from Madison East in 2007, Matti committed to Grinnell College where he was a four year varsity letter winner.  He was a part of the first Grinnell College men’s team to make it to the NCAA DIII National Tournament in school history in 2009. Matti proceeded to graduate from Grinnell College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  Besides playing soccer, Matti enjoys going to the movies, hopelessly cheering on Arsenal FC, and listening to informative & hilarious podcasts.

Contact Matti ( for items regarding:

  • Adult Player Inquiries

  • Field Board Sponsorship

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