The close-knit, in-house partnership between FA Euro New York and YesWeCollege (founded by USL Academy Head Coach/Director of Academic Placement Nicolò Baudo) has elevated to new heights as a record 9 YesWeCollege players have officially signed for the Club ahead of the 2021 USL League Two Season.
"Despite it being a year overdue, due to the cancellation of the 2020 USL season due to the pandemic, we are so thrilled to finally see the fruits of our labor of our close collaboration and partnership with YesWeCollege finally come to fruition. Nicolò has been instrumental in our player recruitment for this upcoming season and thanks to YesWeCollege, we have been able to identify top collegiate athletes who we are confident will make a difference on the pitch. We welcome the nine players with open arms, they have immediately made a positive impact from the first training session and have acclimated themselves seamlessly." - Club. Executive Director Marco Balsamo
The 9 Italian-born players, who will be announced later in the week, originally impressed at a YesWeCollege Showcase taken Milan, Italy and went on to pursue academic studies while playing in top NCAA universities throughout the nation.
"I joined FA Euro New York in 2015 as a student-athlete and it was with the Club where I had the best summer of my life." - Nicolò Baudo, YesWeCollege CEO.
"I joined FA Euro New York in 2015 as a student-athlete and it was with the Club where I had the best summer of my life. I felt immediately at home within the FA Euro New York community. It was a dream for me have the opportunity to live and play soccer in the world capital, New York City. With YesWeCollege, I wanted to provide the same opportunity to student-athletes that I had. The experience and journey has been extremely satisfying and rewarding. I firmly believe that FA Euro New York is the perfect place for student-athletes can enhance their educational and sporting journey. It's truly a magical place to be a part of. I'd like to thank Club President Joe and Executive Director Marco Balsamo for helping make this possible.
Newly announced Club signing Cesare Marconi comments: "It’s difficult to describe how excited and motivated I am to begin this new adventure with FA Euro New York. Knowing that I will have the chance to represent one of the most important teams in New York is just incredible. I am eager and motivated to compete alongside with my new teammates, while working together toward having a winning season."
FA Euro New York’s USL League Two season kicks off on May 19th as they visit Westchester Flames.