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PASS4 In The Pros

Since Jason Griffiths became the first ever PASS4Soccer alumni taken in the Major League Soccer Draft in 2010, there has been a steady flow of “PASS4 in the Pros”. All of the players featured below have graduated from university prior to moving on to their professional careers.

Joe Holland (Houston Dynamo)

Joe joined the PASS4Soccer Network in 2011 following great showings in two Information and Assessment events. He has now gone onto become the highest drafted player in P4S company history.

Joe was a standout performer at the 2011 P4S Showcase at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. It was here that he caught the eye of several US Universities. One of which was Hofstra who he would go onto sign for.

In his 4 years at Hofstra, Joe would become a major player in college soccer and produced outstanding performances. In his Junior year he was named a NCAA DI All-American and also featured in an ESPN Top 10 play on National TV. 

Due to having a stellar college career, Joe was selected to attend the 2017 MLS Combine which he went on to star in. It was then on 13th January that was selected in the 1st round of the 2017 MLS Draft, as the 10th overall pick by Houston Dynamo.

Joe Holland at Hofstra

Jason Griffiths (New England Revolution)

Jason joined the PASS4Soccer Network in October 2005 following recommendation by a former player successfully placed in the USA. Jason had spent his schoolboy years at Southampton FC but was released prior to the handing out of scholarships. He then joined Uxbridge College at 16 and completed a BTEC qualification whilst playing for the college football team and in local non-league football.

PASS4 at that time held their annual Showcase in Newcastle and following a stellar performance at this event was offered a full scholarship by University of Kentucky. Between 2006 – 2009, Jason was a top performer for the NCAA DI soccer team and captained the side in 3 of his 4 years.

Following impressive performances on the national stage, notably in a televised game against SMU, interest generated in him from the top professional sides. This culminated in him being selected as the 48th pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

He went onto make 10 appearances for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer before a career ending injury.  Jason now lives in the USA and is a full time soccer coach.

Jason Griffiths

Ben Everson (York City FC, Gateshead FC, Tindastoll, Breiobolik, KA Akureyri)

Ben was part of the PASS4 2007 class. He secured a scholarship at West Texas A&M (NCAA DII) following a very impressive showing at the PASS4 Showcase in December 2006. Prior to heading to the USA, he studied at Middlesbrough College and played local non-league football.

Ben played at West Texas A&M University. He was a standout performer for the soccer team, top scoring in 3 of his 4 seasons. He caught the eye of MLS franchises but signed his first professional club back in Europe in the Icelandic Premier League.

It was from here that Ben joined York City FC (League Two) and became the first PASS4 player to appear in the English Football League. Since then he has gone onto appear for other professional sides in Europe and Asia and is currently playing professionally in Thailand.

Ben Everson

Taylor Morgan (Toronto FC, Ostersunds FK, Falkirk FC, Airdrieonians, Tulsa Roughnecks, San Antonio FC)

Taylor became the second PASS4 player taken in the MLS Draft when he was selected by Toronto FC as the 58th pick of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Taylor caught the attention of PASS4 staff in 2007 when appearing in the ESFA National Team trials. Once he had completed his 2 years of Sixth Form and appeared for the Schools National Team, he secured a full scholarship at Central Conneticut University for his 1st year and then George Mason University for his remaining years.

Taylor scored 23 goals during his time at George Mason, including 13 in his Senior year. This led to him being drafted and making his debut in MLS, when he appeared against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Since then he has gone onto play professionally for Ostersunds FK in Sweden and Falkirk FC and Airdrieonians in Scotland. While at Falkirk, Taylor appeared in the 2015 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in front of 37,000 fans.

Taylor has now returned to the USA and is playing professionally for San Antonio FC of the USL Pro.

Taylor Morgan

Will Seymore (FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps 2)

Will first came to our attention when he attended an Assessment Day in Swindon during September 2010. It was clear he had fantastic potential despite never being connected with a professional club in the UK.

He joined the PASS4Soccer Network Program and produced a stellar performance at the Showcase that year. He was heavily recruited by major US universities and eventually committed to Oregon State, going on to have a decorated career. He would become captain and also have strong performances against Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Stanford.

Seymore was then identified as one of the top college soccer players of his class and invited to the 2015 MLS Combine, which features the best of the best from all university soccer divisions. Solid games here, led to him being drafted by FC Dallas as the 56th pick of the MLS Super Draft.

Will has since gone on to sign for Vancouver Whitecaps 2 of the USL Pro.

Will Seymore

Andy Fox (Peterborough FC, Stevenage FC)

Andy joined the professional ranks in July 2015. Like Will Seymore he came to P4S attention at an Assessment Day held in Uxbridge during August 2010. At the time he was playing schools football for the Cambridgeshire County side.

He played in the 2010 Showcase and produced some beautiful moments down the left hand side. Many US universities approached him following the event with scholarship offers and he committed to St Edward’s University, Texas of NCAA DII.

During his time at SEU, Andy went onto become one of the best players in DII soccer and was awarded as an All-American in his Senior year. Once graduated, he returned to the UK and was signed by Peterborough United FC following a successful trial, including a 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur FC in July 2015.

Following a successful season that saw Andy make 18 appearances and contributing one goal from left back. That season also included a Fourth Round FA Cup Replay defeat to West Brom where Andy played the full 120 minutes and scored his penalty in the shootout.

In June 2016, Andy signed a two year contract with Stevenage FC.

Andy Fox

Biko Brennan (San Antonio FC)

Biko joined PASS4Soccer in 2011 after being spotted by P4S staff earlier that year following his release by Blackpool FC. Biko starred in the PASS4Soccer Showcase that December and was recruited by UNC Charlotte to begin his studies in August 2012.

A superb career at UNC Charlotte allowed Biko to lead his team to four consecutive NCAA DI National Tournament appearances. Along the way, he received various accolades that included First-team All-Conference USA, NCCSIA First-Team All-State, College Soccer News National Team of the Week (September 15, 2014) and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.

In March 2016, Biko signed professionally with San Antonio FC in the USL.

Biko Action

Lewis Hilton (Charlotte Independence)

Lewis joined PASS4Soccer in 2011 after impressing at a PASS4Soccer Assessment Day. Another star of the December 2011 showcase (same showcase and same team as Biko Brennan) he attracted much interest from coaches all over the USA. Lewis joined Young Harris College (NCAA DII) in August 2012.

A career littered with goals and accolades between 2012 and 2015 saw Lewis a permanent fixture in the Young Harris College Men's Soccer Team. Lewis appeared in all 80 of the team's games, starting 79 of them, as well as contributing 25 goals and 30 assists from midfield. Lewis was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America team for the second consecutive year in 2015.

Hilton, who was also a Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-American in 2015, is a four-time All-PBC performer - only the 10th player in the 25-year men's soccer history of the league to accomplish that feat. He finished third in the YHC record books with 30 assists and fourth with 25 goals. In January 2016, Lewis signed professionally with Charlotte Independence in the USL.

Lewis Hilton

 

 

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