Two young Irish soccer players are embarking on the journey of a lifetime by taking up prestigious soccer scholarships in the United States.
Sean Quinn, formerly of Tallaght Institute of Technology and Shelbourne Football Club and Jamie Redmond, formerly on the FAI-ETB course in Dundalk and a UCD (University College Dublin) player have both crossed the Atlantic to follow their footballing dreams.
Sean has become a student-athlete at the University of Tampa, Florida, where he will spend the next four years combining his university studies with playing for the men’s soccer team, nicknamed the Spartans.
Jamie will be playing for ‘the Raiders’ and studying at Rose State College, which is located in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
The players were aided in gaining their scholarships by SMUSA Scholarships. Director, Stephen Murray, commented:
“Sean is one of our top prospects going out to the USA this year and will be attending a top university in Tampa, Florida. He has played first team football for UCD and Shelbourne, and was always the driving force of the team when we watched him play.
“Sean had plenty of interest because of the level he played at and having completed his undergraduate degree at IT Tallaght, he will have the opportunity to continue his degree in Forensic Science, along with doing a Masters. Players like Sean are the highly sought-after players, which we will continue opening doors for.”
He continued: “Going to Oklahoma will be a fantastic opportunity for Jamie to really settle into the U.S. way of life at the Junior College level, as we feel his performances will give him the opportunity to transfer on to a high-level university. Having played at Dundalk, and most recently at UCD, Jamie has a very good pedigree in the game is an exciting attacking player.”