AN exciting chapter awaits for young Cork goalkeeper William Murphy in the coming months, as he makes the move to America for a soccer scholarship with Allen College in Kansas.
He has worked hard to get this opportunity, now he will be hoping to grab it with both hands once he lands in Kansas.
During his time playing in the Cork Business League, Murphy won a league and cup double during the 2017/2018 season with Alphasud, conceding only nine goals in the first division and eight in the Frank Linehan Cup.
Also, he has lined out for the likes of Glen Celtic and also was signed up by Dunbar Celtic in the Cork AUL.
Now he is being provided with the opportunity to live and train like a professional footballer in the USA. “Going to America to play soccer and study has always been a dream of mine,” said Murphy.
“I saw an opportunity to do this through Global Sports Recruitment, who advertised the opportunity through social media. Global Sports Recruitment invited me to a trial in Dublin followed by an interview with my parents.
“From there, they worked with me, bringing me in to play games and promoting me to US Colleges. I got some good interest from different colleges, and Allen College in Kansas felt the best fit, so I committed to Allen College and I can’t wait to get started.
"I’ll be doing junior college, which is like a refresh of the Leaving Cert, which will set me up for university in which I hope to do special ed or any sort of teaching. This opportunity will open up new doors and new experiences and was something I had to grab with both hands.”
He is keen to hit the ground running and show what he is made of right away. “My aim is to go into pre-season training and make as big an impact as possible. I will be training nearly every day and you have the games as well.
“This is also a great opportunity from me to get higher education and it is important I do well in the classroom as well as the pitch.
“One thing which has been highlighted to me, as John Crawley (Global Sports Recruitment) who went through the system himself told me, if you don’t do well in class you are not going to get your chance to play soccer.
“So if your grades are down, you have to boost them up in order to play. You can’t be like one or the other, you have to work well with both education and soccer.”
In addition to developing and playing in a highly competitive environment and representing the university in competition, young players also study to achieve academic qualifications recognised across the world.
College soccer in the USA has a rich and long history. Teams that participate in the college soccer leagues play a variety of conference and non-conference matches during the season, with the campaign culminating in the College Cup.
Following college careers, some of the top players are often drafted into Major League Soccer (MLS), United Soccer League (USL) or signed to clubs in other professional leagues across the world.
As far as Murphy is concerned, he is hoping to see plenty of progression in himself during his time in Kansas, both on and off the pitch.
“Allen College is a smaller community college in Kansas which has many sports teams such as in soccer, basketball, track & field and volleyball.
“The college set up in the USA is very competitive, with each college recruiting new additions to their roster every year.
“I will be going there to compete and help the college be the best they can be. Allen College also gives me some great avenues moving forward.
“After my two years at Allen College, I hope to transfer into the university system and continue to play soccer as well as complete my bachelor’s degree.
“When I finish my degree, I may look into the coaching side of the game in the USA or even try to look at the professional side of the game in the America, which is getting bigger every year.
“Growing up, the faraway dream was to be a professional soccer player. Now it is almost becoming a reality. When I go over, I am going to have to put my life and soul into everything. If I were to get into the professional side of the game, it would be a dream come true.
“I have to do my best if I want to end up in the professional side. Even if I don’t go into the professional playing side, there is always the coaching game.
“I was told you can do your coaching badges over there while you are in college and I could become a goalkeeper coach after I am finished my degree.”
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