Bryce Glisson (Edwardsville) and Easton Jaromin (Milstadt) are both 2000's who play a year up on the SLSG Illinois '99 Pre-Academy team which competes in the Midwest Developmental League (MDL). The MDL is a 26 team conference of the US Club National Premier Leagues, consisting of nearly all the US Development Academy clubs in the Midwest and stretches from Louisville to Minneapolis and Kansas City to Detroit. Both Glisson and Jaromin are Developmental Players with the SLSG Metro '99 US Development Academy where Glisson recently appeared in the teams 3-0 defeat of Crew Soccer Academy Wolves out of Detroit on September 21st.
According to 99 Pre-Academy coach, Blake Decker, "Bryce and Easton are both talented attacking players with creative minds and solid technical foundations. More importantly, Easton and Bryce are tremendous examples of what hard work, appropriate responses to disappointment and time to develop in a challenging environment can offer. Easton played on a second team until he was a U12, but through hard work and hours of time spent on the ball, he is now one of the most technically gifted players we have in the program at his age. Just last fall, Bryce was struggling to even get selected to rosters for the MDL. He put in an unbelievable amount of time over the last year and through his hard work at training and a huge commitment to working on his own, he is know competing successfully with and against players 18 months his senior. There is no substitute for a persevering mentality, sacrifice and the willingness to put in the time needed to get what you want. Both these guys are wonderful examples of players who walk the walk."
Joining Glisson and Jaromin in New Jersey will be SLSG Illinois U12 Pre-Academy player, Joey Maher who was born in 2001. Maher who hails from Caseyville is in his second year with the club and plays as a centerback and central midfield player for the U12 Pre-Academy. According the Director of Coaching and U12 PA coach, Jeremy Alumbaugh, "We are very excited for this opportunity for Joey. He is the type of player that competes the same in a training session or a match- always going all out to improve. He's worked hard for this opportunity and all of us wish him the best."
US Club ID2 was created to help develop an initial screening process for US Youth National Teams which start at U14. Selected players are responsible for getting themselves to the camp location, however, once on site, all other costs from that point forward are covered by US Club. Players then compete in a youth national team type setting for 4 days in front of some of the nations top coaches as well as Youth National Team scouts. In addition to the camp in New Jersey, US Club will hold another camp in Casa Grande, Arizona in December at the Residential Facility of MLS Youth Academy, Real Salt Lake.
SLSG Illinois would like to congratulate Bryce, Easton and Joey on earning this wonderful opportunity and wish them the best of luck this week.
For more information regarding the US Club ID2 program, visit www.usclubsoccer.org.