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Elk Grove Soccer 02G Platinum 1 Center Back Jaedyn Sanders verbally commits to California State University San Jose

Jaedyn was spotted by San Jose State’s coaching staff in Las Vegas while playing in the Players Showcase. When Jaedyn first started with Elk Grove Soccer, she was playing as a winger. When asked by her coach to fill in at center back, she excelled and was recruited by several colleges. Elk Grove Soccer is proud of all that Jaedyn has accomplished and wish her the best of luck in San Jose.

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Jaedyn Sanders:

1 – When did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?
I joined Elk Grove soccer in 2016 because it presented me better training and opportunities.

2 – What about the game drives you?
I continue to be driven by the game because I’m a very competitive person. I love challenging not only myself to get better, but also my teammates.

3 – When did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?    I decided that I wanted to play at the next level when I joined Elk Grove Soccer because as I succeeded and progressed as a player I realized that I needed better competition and players around me to be successful at the next level.

4 – Do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?
Playing soccer outside of your team is important. I usually train 3 days a week outside of training for at least an hour and a half.

5 – What would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?
In order to achieve being a college soccer player, you should work hard outside of training with not only soccer but also grades and make sure you’re prepared for the recruiting process.

6 – What is your major going to be and why?
I plan to major in kinesiology because I am very interested in exercise and the health of others.

7 – What was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?
The process was stressful at times, but it was always worth it. No matter if I was interested in a school or not, I would always contact them which made the process a little easier.

8. Why did you choose San Jose State?
San Jose State is a unique school which isn’t too far from home. They are also recently becoming a lot better in their league play. I know that playing time will not be handed to me and it will be a challenge, but I am excited to work hard in order to achieve it.

ALEXA MADUENO COMMITS TO SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1
Goalkeeper

Alexa Madueno has verbally committed to San Diego State University. After participating in Surf Cup, November 2017, Alexa was highly sought after by several top-level colleges. After going on several college visits and participating in college ID camps, Alexa was offered an athletic scholarship to play for SDSU, an offer she accepted.   

Below is an interview with Alexa:

How did it feel to have colleges seeking you out?

    1. It felt great because I knew that all my hard work was paying off and coaches were interested. But it was also nerve-racking because they could be there for a few minutes and if I made one mistake or maybe a few, they could get up and leave and I could have lost my opportunity 

What was the recruiting experience like?

    1. I was very proactive emailing coaches my schedule, but once it came to the game and I saw them watching it was very nerve-racking. I got good at phone calls. When it came to camps I pushed myself to show that I was better than the other keepers, it was tiring but worth it. Towards the end it become harder because I had to start thinking about my education first, then soccer. I narrowed it down to my top three, but the worst part about it was telling all the other colleges that I committed; it felt like I disappointed them. 

How did you deal with the pressure of speaking to college coaches?

    1. About 30 mins before speaking with them, I would write down questions that I was going to ask, just in case my mind went blank. Then, when the time came I would go to my backyard and just sit there talking to them. As time went on and I spoke to more coaches, it become easier.  And coaches did a good job to keep the conversation going. 

What made you choose San Diego State University?

    1. I felt a great connection with the coaches and knew if I went there they would look out for me and want the best for me. Once they showed me the campus, especially the soccer field, I fell in love. Also, I knew that if I went there I would be playing good soccer at a high level. 

How much work have you put into getting to this point so far?

    1. I have been training as a goalkeeper for about 10 years now. I practiced as much as I could in any weather. As years went on I learned to read the game and understand it. There came major injuries and disappointments, such as getting cut from programs, but I bounced back from them and pushed myself even harder to be the best I could be. 

What advise would you give a younger player with aspirations of playing in college?

    1. I would say, “push yourself and work hard. Do not doubt yourself.” Once they get to the age of scouting; do not turn down any coach, give them a chance to show what they can offer. Stay in touch with them and send them your schedule.”

Trevor Brown Verbally Commits to California State University East Bay

Elk Grove Soccer 01B Platinum 1 Winger

Trevor Brown Verbally Commits to California State University East Bay

Trevor was spotted by the East Bay coaching staff after attending a College ID camp. They’ve watched him play since and have offered him an athletic scholarship to play for them in the fall of 2019.

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Trevor Brown:

Questions:

1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?

I began playing rec soccer when I was 5 years old.  I tried out for competitive soccer when I was 9 and made a select team.  I like Elk Grove soccer because it is in my hometown and at the time most of my friends were playing for the club.

2 – what about the game drives you?

Competitive soccer drives me because I get to play against higher level and skilled competition.  This pushes me to be a better player and to develop.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?

Three years ago I was playing at the highest competitive level for Elk Grove Soccer.  I was not playing to my potential and when tryouts came for the next season my coach told me I needed to go down to the B team and figure out if I really wanted to play soccer.  He told me I had to work harder and develop.  This was the turning point for me.  I worked so hard that year and decided that I wanted to play soccer into college and hopefully professionally.  That year was a learning curve for me and that season I put in the work on and off the field which helped me earn my spot back on the A team and reinforced that I wanted to be the best player I can be.

4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?

I am on the pitch every day for 1 to 2 hours.  Since I am a winger, I practice my dribbling at pace, skill moves on pace and work on my shot inside and outside the box in various positions.  I also train with my team 3 times a week.  I also work on my fitness and endurance every single day, either at the gym or running.

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?

Put the work in on and off the field and start building relationships with college coaches early in high school.  Make sure to get out to ID camps and show coaches what you can do.  Do not forget about school…that is so important.  You can have a great college interested in you but if you don’t have the grades that can hurt you.

6 – what is your major going to be and why?

I am not quite sure on my major yet.  I enjoy working out and possibly want to become a trainer or physical therapist.  I want to help people be healthy and feel good about themselves.

7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?

The college recruiting process was a big commitment; lots of contacts and follow up emails, and calls.  It was fun getting to know the coaches and the teams that I was interested in.  I spent a lot of time researching schools, their soccer programs and their academics.  It was a huge decision to commit to Cal State East Bay.  As long as you know you are happy with the team and the campus you should be good with your decision.  It might be scary, but I will let you know that when I committed, I knew I would feel at home at Cal State East Bay.  I knew the coach and the team would continue to push me to be the best player I can be.

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will launch its new cycle with two matches in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia vs. Croatia and United Arab Emirates U-23. After the USA reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this summer, this training camp represents the start of a new two-year U-20 MNT cycle.

The U-20 MNT played Croatia on Thursday September 5th and will play United Arab Emirates on Monday September 9th.

Elk Grove Soccer is extremely proud of Kwabena and all he’s accomplished. Keep up the great work KB!!!!

If you would like to read more about the training camp, click this link.

Elk Grove Soccer Soccer Graduate Has Eyes Firmly Set on Career


Elk Grove Soccer and our community are extremely proud of Jonathan and all he has accomplished so far in his young career on and off the field. Jonathan will join West Point Military Academy in the Fall. We spoke with Jonathan Kim about his playing career in Elk Grove Soccer and how that has help shaped the person he is today.

When did you start playing soccer at Elk Grove?

Initially, I played 2 years of recreational soccer and then in the late Spring of 2013, I began my journey with FC Elk Grove. After firsthand experiencing the amazing community within FC, I stayed with the club for the rest of my club career.

How has playing soccer helped you get to where you are today?

Soccer became my pride and passion. As anyone would affirm, sports has an incredible way of teaching you leadership, perseverance, teamwork, time management, and discipline. Those same attributes follow you to the classroom and it reflects in your character. Through tournaments, late night practices, and being the captain; the lessons were endless. Perhaps the most influential traits I have learned is the ability to be a leader, to be a team player, and to never give up.

Why did you choose to go to West Point?

I wanted to become a part of something bigger than myself. Typical colleges have a very direct pathway: go to class, get good grades, earn a degree, and then enter the workforce. But, West Point gave me something that no other Private or UC college could give me; It gave a purpose, a purpose to make our world a safer place, serve my country, be selfless, be a leader, and make a true difference in our world. And that was the most important things for me, West Point gave me a purpose and an opportunity to serve others. As part of the curriculum at West Point, it is mandatory that all students play sports so I will be trying out for the NCAA Division 1 soccer team.

What would you like to do after West Point?

After West Point, I will be pursuing my MD in order to serve in the US Military as a Medical Officer. After intense medical schooling and my residency, My dream is to spend many years serving in our active military around the world as a cardiothoracic surgeon, performing miracles and doing what no one else can do. My goal isn’t simply just to fight and protect, but it’s also to save as many people as I can.

What advice would you give to a young soccer player in the club?

Play your part. Not everyone is meant to be the goal scorer, set-piece taker, or captain. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get what you want. Similar to a soccer game, there are an infinite number of variables that you cannot control: the weather, the referee, and the pitch, however, what you can control are your actions and your attitude. Always be grateful to your family, coaches, teachers, mentors, and listen to their advice. Be a life-long student.

Elk Grove Soccer 02G Platinum 1 Right Back

Courtney Freas Verbally Commits to Folsom Lake College

Courtney Freas is a right back for the 02G Platinum 1 team, she has been with the club since 2016. Courtney’s constant work, dedication and positive attitude has paid off. She was spotted by Folsom Lake College, one of the top colleges in their division and was a highly sought after. Courtney is constantly working on her game, always speaking with her coach and making sure she understands what is expected of her on and off the field. Congratulations Courtney!

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Courtney Freas:


Questions:

1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?

I began playing At FC Elk Grove about half way through my u15 year and the reason I made the decision to play at FC Elk Grove was my team was so welcoming and made me feel like a part of a soccer family and they pushed me to work for what I wanted.

2 – what about the game drives you?

The major part of the game that drives me is everything you do is unpredictable you could be doing a move and master it and then come back to it and not be able to do it. you can be on the field and the game can be going so great and the other team gets the lucky bounce of the ball. The game of soccer just keeps you on your toes,

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?

I Truly don’t remember when I decided I wanted to play at the next level. In the back of my mind I knew that this is what I want to do and I want to go far in soccer.

4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?

Yes, I train outside of soccer practice and soccer games all the time. The major thing I do is I am in the weight room for advanced weights every day. I go to a striker trainer to help me work on my form for striking and passing the ball correctly. And anytime that there is a ball near my feet on the court with me or anything I’m either juggling it doing moves passing it doing anything and that goes a long way because those small little touches help me big time.

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?

Something I would tell a younger player that wants to become a college soccer player is to set your goals and to know that you have bad days but that doesn’t Define you as a player.

6 – what is your major going to be and why?

The major I’ll be going to is criminal justice and the reason being for this is I’m in love with anything related to True Crime.

7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?

The college recruitment process was scary, stressful and almost felt impossible. The pressure I went through making the decision was is this what I want am I going to fit in and is this going to help me pursue my next step in soccer.

8 – why did you choose Folsom Lake College?

The number one reason I chose Folsom Lake College was the coaches made me feel welcomed. They showed me the style of play they play, they showed me their training sessions and they’ve really made me feel as if I had been there the whole time. Also, I love the campus, I love the stadium and I love everything involving Folsom Lake College.

Elk Grove Soccer 01B Platinum 1 Goalkeeper

Alejandro Reyes Verbally Commits to Dominican University of California

Alejandro has been playing with Elk Grove Soccer his entire youth career. In the beginning, he played the field and goalkeeper but, he eventually decided to play goalkeeper full time. His distribution from the back and shot stopping are his major attributes, but his work rate and positive attitude every day in training and during games has made him the player he is today. Congratulations Alejandro.

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Alejandro:


Questions:

1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?
I began my Elk Grove Soccer Career at U-10 so when I was around 9.  I chose Elk Grove because at the time it was a new club that had high expectations and good coaches, so I wanted to join and try and get better.

2 – what about the game drives you?
There are two things that drive me, the love that I feel while playing in games and practicing that I can’t get from anything else, and the competition that comes with the game is always making me want to get better.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?
The beginning of my junior year is when it really hit me that in a couple of years I would be done with club soccer forever, when I realized that I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to stop playing.  Thus, helping my decision to continue to play at the next level after high school.


4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?
Outside of training, I juggle and do a variety of shooting and technical drills for about an hour, three times a week. About two times a week I get in the gym to lift weights to prevent myself from injury. Also, I play high school soccer when the season starts.  

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?
I would tell a younger player that if you really want it you can do it.  Nothing is impossible, you just have to be willing to work as hard as you possibly can to play at the next level; because natural talent and athleticism starts to not take you very far when trying to play at the next level, so you have to work and do more than your teammates in order to get to be a college athlete.


6 – what is your major going to be and why?
I will be majoring in Psychology because I love to help other people, and hopefully when I’m all done with all of the schooling I need to do I want to be an athletic counselor at a college.  


7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?
The college recruitment process was very hard work.  You really must sell yourself to coaches and make sure you are constantly in contact with them.  Highlight videos and attending camps worked the best for me in getting recruited and it seemed to be that way for everyone else as well.  Even though I really liked the school I still felt a lot of pressure choosing the school. Because when it comes down to it that’s where you will be spending the next four years of your life, so it is a very big and important decision.


8. Why did you choose Dominican University of California?

I chose Dominican for many reasons, not just because of their soccer program, but because they had the major I liked, I love the bay area and the school is a ten minute BART ride into the city (San Francisco), and I really loved the campus.  

Elk Grove Soccer 02G Platinum 1 Forward Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson

Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson Verbally Commits to New Mexico State University

Jocelyn was recommended to New Mexico State University by another college that she turned down. New Mexico invited her in for a 3 day visit and soon after, she committed to play for them.  Jocelyn approaches each training session as if it were the championship game. She’s focused and intense whenever she steps foot on the pitch. That hard work and tenacity shows on the field and college coaches recognized it quickly.

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson:


Questions:

1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?
I began my Elk Grove Soccer career in May of 2018. I choose Elk Grove Soccer because I was plateauing in my development as a soccer player with my previous club team. Elk Grove Soccer offered better training to help me advance my development as a player. Also, Elk Grove soccer was very close to where I live.

2 – what about the game drives you?
Team confidence and a supportive crowd motivates me in the game.  When every single one of your teammates walks on the field with a winning mindset, it helps those that aren’t so confident feed off their energy. Along with team confidence, a supportive crowd really helps me stay engaged physically and mentally.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?
I can’t say that there was a specific day that I knew I wanted to play at the collegiate level. I’ve always been a decent soccer player and I didn’t realize that playing in college was an option until my sophomore year. A college had emailed me about their interest in me and at that moment I realized that the collegiate level of soccer was obtainable for me.


4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?
Outside of training, I juggle and do a variety of shooting and technical drills for about an hour, three times a week. About two times a week I get in the gym to lift weights to prevent myself from injury. Also, I play high school soccer when the season starts.  

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?
I would tell young soccer player aspiring to play college soccer that you really need to be in love with soccer to play at that level. You are going to interact with soccer much more on a day-to-day basis than you do on your club team; so, making sure that you’re happy to spend your time training and bonding is a priority.


6 – what is your major going to be and why?
I would like to major in Kinesiology because I really wanted to stay involved with sports as a career. I am majoring in sports medicine so I can help athletes get back to playing the sport(s) they love most and helping elders not have pain doing everyday things


7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?
The recruitment process was very “all of a sudden,” for me. A college that I turned down vouched for me to Rob Baarts, the head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico State, and three days later he flew me out to Las Cruces for a visit even though he’s never seen me play.  The pressure was a lot. I was undecided because I was comparing it to other offers’ I had. Also, I was really stressed because some of my family members were rushing my decision.


8. Why did you choose New Mexico State University?

Ultimately, I made my decision to commit to New Mexico State because I loved everything they had to offer. Their campus was nice, the environment was very laid back and friendly, and the women’s soccer team was amazing. New Mexico State was very special and I felt in my heart that this was the school I wanted to go to. I know that I am not entitled to playing time and I am excited to work exceptionally hard to earn it. I’d like to thank all my past and current soccer coaches for always believing me and pushing me to be a better soccer player: Coach Sam, Coach Erik, Coach Pete, Coach Matt, Coach Kasey, Coach Todd, Coach Megan, Coach Greg, Coach Gilbert, and Coach Ben.

Elk Grove Soccer (EGS) is on the up and up, with the player base growing every year, and America’s love of soccer is at an all-time high. During this break, Elk Grove Soccer was able to catch up with a future star Kwabena Boateng(KB)  who played with EGS from U10 to U17 and was coached by Benjamin Ormsby (Platinum) and John Shea (Premier). KB plays center back for the Sacramento Republic Academy, was recently called into the U18 National Team Camp and has verbally committed to UC Irvine to play soccer at the college level.

Below is the recent interview.

How long have you been playing soccer?

KB. I began playing soccer in 2011. My first year of soccer I played select(Premier) soccer in the u11 age group and the next season after that I moved up to competitive.

How long did you play for FC Elk Grove?

KB. I played for FC Elk Grove my whole soccer career until I joined Sacramento Republic Academy earlier this year.

What is your most memorable moment while playing for FC Elk Grove?

KB: My most memorable moment while playing for FC Elk Grove was winning state cup back in my u13 season with my team. Going through the knockout stage wasn’t easy for us with very close games and a pk shootout in the semi-finals. I remember feeling very happy and excited after we won state cup because it felt like it was well deserved.

Did you watch a lot of soccer in your home growing up?

KB: Whether I wanted to watch soccer or not, there was always a soccer match on the TV and eventually I started to enjoy watching soccer. I started watching soccer more often around the same time that I played my first season with FC Elk Grove.

Who is your favorite professional team?

KB: My dad has always been a Chelsea fan and when began watching soccer, I quickly became attached to Chelsea just like my father so my favorite professional team would definitely have to be Chelsea.

Who is your favorite player and why?

KB: My favorite professional player is and always has been Asamoah Gyan. Both of my parents were born in Ghana and I grew up watching a lot of Ghana national team games as well. Asamoah Gyan really inspired me growing up because of his ability to lead Ghana into many tough tournaments like Both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups as well as AFCON every year and not only captain Ghana to victory but score a lot of goals while doing it.

What do you credit most for your achievement?

KB: I credit a lot of my achievements to my parents because I know it takes a lot to drive your kid all over California for seven years just to play games. Key coaches and other individuals have also played a large role in my success as well as my teammates. Most of all, I credit my success to my own personal will to improve each day not only as an athlete but as a human being as well as my drive to keep pushing the boundaries that people continuously try to set on me.

What would you tell a 10-year-old who wants to play for the national team?

KB: Achieving what you want in life is never going to be easy nor should it be and if you continue to put together the right balance of training and determination as well as remember to hold yourself to a high standard at all times, you’ll start beginning to see yourself stand out from the rest of the pack and others will begin to notice too.

 

TIANNA SIDTIKUN COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1 Midfielder

TIANNA SIDTIKUN COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1 Midfielder

Tianna Sidtikun has verbally committed her college future to the University of Arizona. She was spotted playing last summer at Surf Cup and was highly sought after by several top-level schools. She decided that she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to join one of the most competitive conferences in the Women’s College game. Congratulations Tianna!

Below is an interview with Tianna:
1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?

I started playing for Elk Grove two years ago. I came here because I knew girls from ODP who played for Elk Grove and they wanted me to guest play. After that I was happy to guest play with the girls and I knew Elk Grove would guide me in the right direction for my future. When tryouts came around I told my parents I wanted to play for them even though it’s an hour drive, but they supported me because they want what’s best for me as well.

2 – what about the game drives you?

Soccer is a beautiful game. My passion and drive for the game is unconditional. I fell in love with it. The adrenaline rushing when it’s tied 1-1 with only a couple minutes left. Getting down and dirty, but not too dirty where it’s disrespectful. Building up sequences of passes to get one objective, to get the ball in the back of the net.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?

Ever since I was little people would ask ‘what do you want to be when you grow older?’ I’d always answer with, ‘a professional soccer player.’

4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?

Even on the days that I have training with Elk Grove, I put in the extra work before training. Every day I must do something to better my game. Right after school on days that I have practice I go to a personal training gym for about 2 1/2 -3 hours, then I go home to get some food in my body, then I go to practice. On the days I don’t have practice I still go to my personal trainer and go through that routine, but instead of going to practice I take some balls to the park and do whatever I think I need to work on by myself. So daily I put 5-6 hours in to make myself better. I get one rest day, so in a week if you add that up I put in 30 hours or more.

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?

I’d tell the kid to dream big. If you want it bad enough you will achieve whatever you want. It will take a lot of work and dedication to the sport. Not just the minimum of going to practice. You’re going to have to sacrifice with not being with your friends or even family functions. Start early and put in the extra work. It will pay off in the end.

6 – what is your major going to be and why?

I’m going to go into the medical field. I’m interested in being a nurse practitioner. My mom is a nurse that specializes in a certain area, so she gave me ideas and routes that I can go.

7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?

My recruiting process was early but that’s how it is now. It’s cool when you have a lot of colleges interested in you because you get to talk to so many different coaches and maybe visit most of the colleges who are interested. It’s a lot to take in. Already talking to colleges while you’re a freshman or even earlier is crazy. It’s stressful when the coaches can’t contact you, so they must go through your coach to get to you but that’s why it’s a process and you must be patient. Making this decision, you must think about so many things because it’s four years of your life where you’re going to be living. Are you going to be happy there? You must think about academically do they have your major? On the athletic side, do you like the team because those are the girls you will be playing with, do you like the environment, the coaches? So many things to think about. Also, when you have other colleges you must weigh everything out and compare. After I thought about it a lot and talked to many people because it was very stressful, I was sure Arizona is where I want to spend my four years of college.