Nick Shackelford, The life of a semi-professional soccer player in the United States

Nick Shackelford, The life of a semi-professional soccer player in the United States

Nick Shackelford grew up in Orange, California, where he played for the Irvine Strikers Academy. His youth career included playing three years with the Strikers team that competed in the US Soccer Development Academy, the highest level of youth soccer for boys in the United States. His final year of youth soccer was with the Pateadores Soccer Club out of Mission Viejo. As a Junior, he committed to UC Berkeley. His freshman year at Berkeley, he tore his quad which led to him transferring to St. Louis University. He would end up starting his final three years at St. Louis.

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How to Play Soccer as Long as You Can

How to Play Soccer as Long as You Can

“I always told myself I was going to play soccer as long as I could,” says Megan Tabler, recent Chico State women’s soccer graduate.

Megan, like a lot of collegiate athletes, wants to continue to play following the end of her intercollegiate career. Also like most college athletes, that playing opportunity does not come at the highest level of her sport. A quick look at the statistics shows that only a little more than 1% of NCAA men’s college soccer players will go on to play at the MLS level in the United States. While NCAA does not have similar calculations for women’s soccer the numbers would be smaller with more women’s collegiate soccer players than men’s and fewer NWSL teams.

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