Carolina Day Sophomore Will Watson
Commits to FC Dallas Academy
Asheville, NC…. When high school sophomore Will Watson, starting goalkeeper for the Carolina Day School Wildcats boys varsity soccer team, received invitations from two of the biggest residential soccer academies in the nation, he was flattered.
Representatives from both FC Dallas Academy and Atlanta United FC residential soccer programs expressed an interest in recruiting Watson, and invited him for trials this winter to evaluate his compatibility with their program. “This is truly one of my biggest dreams, I have been working for this for a very long time. So these trials could possibly be the biggest opportunities in my life,” said Watson upon receipt of the invitations.
In fact, as it turns out, his hard work has indeed resulted in a big opportunity. Watson, a very excited and humble 15-year old, was thrilled, and after trial play with FC Dallas the weekend of January 14, was invited to join their team. He plans to enroll in their academy program for the 2019-20 school year.
As a member of the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA), FC Dallas Academy prepares players to compete in professional soccer. International competition is part of the program, and teams have traveled to Bolivia, Madrid, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Spain, England, Germany, Qatar, and other countries. Since 2008, FC Dallas Academy has won four USSDA National Championships (no other club has won more than two).
As if playing elite competitive soccer were not enough, Watson also has a strong interest in photography. His image, “Early Thinker” received an honorable mention in the WNC Regional Scholastic Art competition in January. “I love photography, and take a lot of photos during my free time. I especially love taking pictures of sunsets and sunrises,” he says.
As for his student-athlete experience at Carolina Day—including All-Conference and All-WNC soccer honors and a love of math, history, and photography—it has been a well-rounded balance of academics and athletics. “I’ll definitely miss it,” Watson says, “I truly feel so loved and supported by everyone at school. I am very grateful for being at this school— nearly six years now. There is truly nowhere else like it. All of my friends at CDS have been very excited for me, and have given me the motivation to do my best. My teachers have also given me motivation. They truly all care and want me to do my best. And finally Coach Brenner. He’s truly been there for me since the day I met him. He is not only a person who pushes me to be my best by being a coach, he is also a mentor and friend.”
And what does Coach Anthony Brenner think about all of this? “Will Watson is an incredible young man,” says Brenner. “He leaves a lasting positive impact on everyone he meets. He is a grounded, kind, and supportive player and teammate. It has been an honor and privilege to work with him. Because of Will, I’m a better coach and a better person.”
“Early Thinker” by Will Watson, WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards, Honorable Mention 2019