On the day most high school aged soccer players across Wisconsin show up for the first day of try-outs for their varsity, junior varsity, or freshman soccer teams, 39 players from FC Wisconsin Eclipse will be continuing training and competing the same way they have been since August: with their club.
On the day most high school aged soccer players across Wisconsin show up for the first day of try-outs for their varsity, junior varsity, or freshman soccer teams, 38 players from FC Wisconsin Eclipse were continuing to train and compete the same way they have been since August: with their club.
The FC Wisconsin Eclipse Spring Program is an optional developmental program for high-school aged players that desire to play year-round club soccer and therefore forego their WIAA eligibility for high school soccer. Within the Spring Program, these players continue to train in their club environment, participate in showcase tournaments in the Midwest, and play training games against Division III and NAIA college teams from Wisconsin. High school aged players at FC Wisconsin Eclipse have the choice to participate in the Spring Program or to play high school soccer. An update on players that have chosen to play in high school will be provided in the coming weeks.
"The players that have chosen to participate in the Spring Program would be stars at their high schools," said Director of Coaching Christian Lavers. "For some it is an easy choice to stay with the club, and for others it is more difficult, but we are excited to continue working with all of them and helping them improve and keep getting closer to their long-term goals in the game."
The 2014 FC Wisconsin Eclipse Spring Program includes players from more than 20 different high schools. Players hail from throughout metropolitan Milwaukee and as far away as Madison, Oshkosh, Kenosha, Indiana, and northern Illinois - representing the broad diversity and wide reach of FC Wisconsin Eclipse. The 2014 Spring Program participants are listed below, making it the largest number of players that have chosen spring club soccer in the history of Wisconsin soccer: