FC Wisconsin is proud to announce that USSDA players Bayley Scholz and Jordan Palmer have commited to play soccer at the NCAA Division I level. Their commitments take FC Wisconsin's 2014 college commitment total to twenty-one players, including 9 at Division I. Each players' path to FC Wisconsin's USSDA program demonstrates the value of making the sacrifices required to play at the most developmentally orientated and competitive level for boys in the country.
High School senior Bayley Scholz, who will play at the University of Wisconsin in the Fall of 2014, is in his first year with FC Wisconsin's Academy. Last fall, he returned home to Wisconsin and joined FC Wisconsin after spending a year in the Real Salt Lake Academy. In his year as part of the MLS club's youth residency program, he was part of the team that won the USSDA U16 National Championship.
"I would like to thank all of my family, friends, and teammates who have supported my decision to play for UW Madison. I am thankful for everything FC Wisconsin has provided me with as well. A truly great coaching staff that gave me a warm welcome to the club and has pushed me to become better each training session. I would also like to thank the club for helping guide me through the recruiting process," said Scholz regarding his decision.
Jordan Palmer who will ply his trade at Marquette University has been a part of the Wisconsin USSDA program and a major contributor as a creative attacking midfielder since 2011. Palmer's journey to the USSDA included a 3 times weekly commute from Madison to train at the club's Germantown fields, prior to moving to Whitefish Bay. Noteably, Palmer has distinguished himself well enough and early enough to earn the uncommon opportunity to make a Division I commitment as a high school sophomore. He will play at Marquette, in the fall of 2016.
Palmer on his early commitment, "I can say that playing for the FC Wisconsin Academy has helped me get a D1 commitment to Marquette. The players that you train with in The Academy are, without a doubt, some of the best players in the state. The Coaching staff are either college coaches or have played college soccer, themselves, so they have the expertise and knowledge of what college coaches are looking for in a player, which has molded me into the confident player that I am today."
"We are extremely proud to announce that two more of our current players have made Division I commitments," commented FC Wisconsin USSDA Director Ben Shepherd. "Both Jordan and Bayley are extremely dedicated individuals who deserve the opportunity to play at the next level".
For more on FC Wisconsin's 2014 college commitments to date, click here.