Silver Springs teenager scores well in Germany, on trials with Fortuna Düsseldorf and DSC Arminia Bielefeld. The trials were set up by Global Soccer Development’s Eddie Loewen.
Augustus Sam III is one of many American youth soccer players with big dreams. With versatile football skills combined with remarkable athleticism and ball control, this forward’s dream has been to score goals in Europe and to become a professional player.
Known to his coaches and teammates as AJ, he is a product of U.S. Soccer’s MLS Development Academy D.C. United and currently training in Spain with the U23 Sietamo Juvenil B.
While the development of youth soccer players in the USA is better than ever at high-level programs, and training with older players in Spain is highly beneficial, it is the trip AJ took last summer with Eddie Loewen that earned him the chance of a lifetime — to try out in Germany with Bundesliga clubs.
Lowen, the CEO of Global Soccer Development (GSD), is an expert in German youth and professional soccer and arranges elite programs in Europe. After reviewing video on AJ, Loewen rostered him one of his teams competing in his company’s tournament in Duisburg. The team competed against the youth team Fortuna Düsseldorf and AJ performed well, catching the eye of the Bundesliga coach.
“AJ STOOD OUT DURING OUR SUMMER TOUR TO GERMANY LAST YEAR AND QUALIFIED FOR A TRIAL IN GERMANY.”
Eddie Loewen, CEO Global Soccer Development
“We are excited for him and wish him that he achieves his goal and gets signed by a Bundesliga club in Germany,” said Eddie Loewen, CEO of Global Soccer Development.
“My experience with Eddie’s program benefited me massively. I was able to train with top coaches and learn skills I hadn’t been taught before in the game of futbol,” said Augustus ‘AJ’ Sam III. “In comparison to American clubs, the level of soccer in Germany is so much higher. There is more fight and hunger every time you touch the ball. That is a key part of your success in this sport.”