Whilst his all round talent and athletic ability was clearly unquestionable Joe require guidance and professional advice from experienced US Soccer Consultants.
Dad Shaun takes up the story:
"As it is now the end of the season we just thought that we would update you on Joe’s progress after his first season in American soccer. As you know Joe attended the PASS4SOCCER showcase at Bristol in Dec '06, he was scouted by the University of Pittsburgh at this showcase; this was followed by other offers from leading universities who had been shown the videos of this showcase back in America. Joe decided to accept the offer of a 4 year fully funded athletic scholarship playing in the Big East Conference with Pittsburgh. It has been a truely amazing experience for him, the facilities both sporting and academically are second to none. We flew out to watch him play against St Johns in New York in September, he treated us to his first goal in conference play!! We also went to Pittsburgh in October to watch Pittsburgh play against Notre Dame. As a freshman Joe had a very successful first season although he missed the last few games with a dreaded metatarsal break in his right foot. We as parents were understandably anxious when Joe first went, what parent isn’t? From day one he has loved every minute of his time out there, we would just like to pass on our thanks to everyone at PASS4SOCCER for helping Joe find a superb soccer scholarship. Good luck to everyone who is applying this year"
Shaun and Sue look forward to watching their Son Joe and Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Big East Conference this coming Fall. Joe is studying Sports Journalism.