In the United States, it’s becoming common to see a player sign a professional contract after finishing only his freshman year of an NCAA program.
But, for a Canadian player to sign a pro deal after playing just one year at a CIS school? That’s certainly not a script we see played out very often. But, on Friday, FC Edmonton announced the signing of speedy midfielder Shamit Shome. A product of FC Edmonton’s academy program, Shome was Canada West’s Rookie of the Year for 2015 after a standout first season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Shome has also got looks from Canada’s U-20 program.
“I knew that I wanted to get back with FC Edmonton, and into the professional environment, a quickly as possible,” said Shome.
And, to do that, he made some very calculated decisions. He turned down offers from a couple of NCAA programs; instead he chose to play at the University of Alberta, where he could be closely monitored by the FC Edmonton brass. As well, he could remain close to his family, which was important to him.
“For me, I had to think, would it be better to go the States and play for four years and then hope that maybe I get taken in the draft and go to MLS? Or, would it better to try and get to the NASL as quickly as possible and start my professional career?”
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