(August 20th, 2014) Emerald City FC would like to congratulate Stuart Johnson for being chosen by Shattuck St Mary's Soccer Academy of Excellence. Stuart, a goalkeeper on ECFC M97 Green, will be joining one of the top USSDA programs in the country and in doing so will continue Emerald City FCs tradition of producing high level players.
As a leader on M97 Green and in the ECFC goalkeeping community, Stuart is a well liked player and will be missed by all his team mates. From ECFC Director of Goalkeeping, Matthew Olson "Stuart has developed a strong passion for soccer, and goalkeeping, during his time with Emerald City FC, so his move to the Shattuck-St. Mary high school residence program in Minnesota is an exciting next step for his development. He will be immersed in an environment where the student athletes are vigorously challenged in both soccer and academics. I am confident Stuart will thrive as he is pushed daily to become the best goalkeeper, the best student and more importantly, the best person he can be.
During his time at ECFC, Stuart has been an eager, hard working goalkeeper who relished each competitive drill. His 'goalkeeper training teammates' will miss his determined and positive personality in trainings. He has been great to work with and we want to wish him the very best as he goes into his upper class years in high school."
From Coach David Smith "Stuart has been a fantastic member of the M97 Green squad. He has an extremely grounded mentality and couples this with dedication and perseverance to improve his game. He has been a great team mate to his fellow players and we are all excited to see Stuart move on and fulfill his potential. His fun loving personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed!"
Stuart on being selected "... The tryouts were very hard and really intense. I was very impressed with the facilities, coaches and the rigorous training program. I'm really looking forward to this new challenge; it's an amazing opportunity for me ..." Stuart will be playing with M97 Green alum, Jasper Malamud a midfielder, who joined Shattuck last season.
From Stuart's parents “We have had a phenomenal experience with ECFC from day one. The team (coaches, players and parents) welcomed us and brought us up to speed quickly on the workings of the team. We feel very lucky to have had two years with Bobby Howe as coach of M97G and for the short time with coach David Smith. Stuart learned a lot about the game from his coaches, including GK coach Matthew Olson, and greatly improved his skills. We will miss the people who make ECFC such a great club, and will take with us lots of great memories.” Emerald City FC would also like to thank Stuart's parents for their support of M97 Green and the club.
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