College soccer is littered with English players. The ease of language transition and cultural similarity makes a jump from England to the States relatively straightforward, and for many the prospect of essentially being “paid” via scholarship to get an education and play soccer is too good an offer. As a result, “chaps from an agency,” in this case, rove the English countryside looking for capable recruits.
This is one recruit’s story. Christian, whose last name is never specified (and therefore I have no idea if he ended at that unspecified college in New England), came up in Fulham’s academy before being spotted by an American agency trawling for college soccer recruits. In most cases, these recruiters are looking for players who don’t necessarily have futures that track to their respective first teams. Otherwise they’d never leave.
But the human realities of the situation are striking. Dealing with leaving family and a girlfriend for another country and a newly defined career arc is no walk in the park.