CHARLESTON FOOTBALLER ARRIVE IN EUROPE
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Monday, July 20 –
A local footballer arrived last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, with expectations of advancing hisr career to the next level. Jonathan Amon (16) of Summerville are the first international student from the United States to attend the Kies School in Copenhagen, and will be member of the U17 pool at FC Nordsjaelland.
Jonathan just wrapped up his third season with the US Soccer Development Academy in Charleston, was selected to the US Soccer U15 National Team Camp in 2014, and is making his second trip to Scandinavia.
His journey actually began more than two years ago, when Kenn Schmidt Nielsen, Technical director at Global Football School was out watching games at the local academy club.
“Jonathan has a natural ability to see and read the game, and can do just about anything he wants to with the ball right now. There should be no limit to what Jonathan can achieve, and FC Nordsjaelland is an ideal environment for him and I just HAD to get Jonathan into an environment that focus on the development of the individual player" says Kenn Schmidt Nielsen when asked about Jonathan and WHY he had to move to another country to play the sport.
Jonathan is one of those players with the x factor, something you as a coach HAVE to reconize.
Kies is a boarding school for footballers and handballers. The idea was introduced to the family last fall, as Jonathan traveled with Mr. Nielsen to attend a 5 day camp and go through trials at two clubs in Copenhagen. “Jonathan, like so many boys and girls, really have their eyes set on playing professional soccer someday,” commented Joe Amon, Jonathan’s father. “The opportunity Kenn has helped to create is a dream come true for him, and as parents, we want to support Jonathan in any way possible so he have every opportunity to realize his potential as a person and as a soccer player.”
David Jordan has coached for more than 20 years in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston at both the youth and college levels, and is excited for Jonathan. “We live in a global age, and educational opportunities for the next generation are expanding rapidly. Jonathan will provide a valuable reference point for the Charleston soccer community, and I have a feeling this is just the beginning,” Coach Jordan said. He added, “What he learn about football, and the professional way in which they learn, will surely advance his game. The big impression it will leave…the life experiences gained…I sense will impact generations. I plan to visit him and learn as well.”
In addition to attending school at Kies, Jonathan will play with FC Nordsjaelland’s U17 side. FCN is a professional club located in Farum, with U13, U15, U17 and U19 teams, and a 1st division team in the Danish Superliga. For the 2014-15 season, the FCN U17 and U19 sides finished second in Denmark.
Mr. Schmidt Nielsen concluded, “Jonathan have left Charleston as a boy, and might come home some day as a man.”