Summer Football A "Great Opportunity", says Keegan Burton
Not only is there an opportunity to further yourself as a player in the collegiate game, but you can also continue to do that playing summer football.
There’s a number of different leagues that run outside of the academic calendar and Keegan Burton, a PASS4 client, has been playing in USL League Two for the last two seasons.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful season with SC United Bantams and discussed what made him want to continue playing in the summer.
He said: “I heard, from previous players out here, that it’s a good level to play at, not only to test yourself against some of the best university players in the country, but to also give yourself a chance to be in the shop window.
“I contacted the coach of the team and he knew some of the coaches I had back at Sheffield United, so I was able to reference them.”
Burton, who was with Sheffield United between the age of seven and 18, stamped his authority on the right-back position in his second season with the Bantams.
The team finished second in the Deep South Division in the Southern Conference and progressed through to the playoffs.
United lost 3-0 to Brazos Valley Cavalry in the Conference semi-finals, which meant their season was brought to an end and Burton spoke about the season as a whole.
“The first season was a bit hit-and-miss for me and I played mostly coming off the bench, but this past season, I played regularly and was able to be a part of the best Bantams team they’ve ever had,” Burton added.
“It’s helped massively with my game as I am competing with top talent and also not playing necessarily in my natural position.
“I played eight games on the bounce at right-back and you find yourself adjusting to what the team wants in order to be successful.”
He continued: “SC United Bantams does so much for the community and bringing soccer fans in Columbia together. They try their best to get good crowds for us and we try out best to get good results for the fans. It feels like a real family club.”
Keegan Burton playing for Queens Royals
Burton’s attention now turns back to university life and life as a student-athlete at Queens University of Charlotte. Their season gets underway on September 5 with a game against Shaw University.
The centre midfielder, who played against the PASS4 team on the US Tour back in March, spoke about Queens and what he’s enjoying about life at the university in North Carolina.
He said: “Queens is a brilliant school. It’s got everything from the top facilities to a great location.
“One thing that separates Queens, I feel from most schools, is how, even though it’s small in size, the community around it and the togetherness, not only within the soccer program, but all athletic programs, is class.”