The dream of playing professionally is becoming closer to reality for former Keystone College men’s soccer standout Jalen Freeman.
Freeman, a two-time Colonial States Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year selection (2016, 2017), has been invited to tryout with the Philadelphia Fury Football Club of the American Soccer League.
The Fury won the ASL championship this past fall.
“I’m very excited for Jalen to get the chance to prove himself at the next level,” says Keystone College head men’s soccer coach Joseph Schneck. “Over his four years with our program, he developed into a great soccer player because of his work ethic, willingness to learn and his attention to detail. While he’s been an incredible leader and ambassador for our program, I believe his best days are still ahead of him soccer-wise.”
Freeman capped off an outstanding career by being named second-team all-Mid-Atlantic region by the United Soccer Coaches this past fall.
He was also named first-team all-CSAC for the second straight year after anchoring a Giant defensive unit that posted seven shutouts en route to a 13-5-1 record, which included a berth in the championship match of the CSAC tournament.
In his junior year, Freeman was named third-team all-region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after starting 17 games and leading a defensive unit that shut out five opponents along with setting a Keystone single-season record for lowest goals against average (1.15).
In four seasons, he was instrumental in helping the Giants to an overall record of 40-28-3 (.585).
According to its website, the Philadelphia Fury was founded in 1978 and was an original member of the North American Soccer League (NASL) for three years (1978-1980).
The team name was repurchased in 2011 and returned to the American soccer scene in 2012 as a Premier-Level member of the United States Club Soccer’s National Adult League.
In 2014, the Fury began playing in the American Soccer League where it made the playoffs in its first season.