How Presentation College became a landing spot for international soccer players

How Presentation College became a landing spot for international soccer players

Clayton Scott is stuck.

The goalkeeper originally from Echuca, Australia, has barely set his roots after moving to the U.S. to play soccer at the collegiate level and he’s already having culture shock in a convenience store in Dallas.

Fumbling around with the new currency in his hands, he’s struggling to make sense of all the coins he never had to deal with in his homeland. He finally finds the right amount of money, but a line now snakes behind him.  

“I just turned around and apologized and everyone just stared at me and was like, He’s not from here,” Scott said.  

Australian native and Presentation College goalkeeper Clayton Scott joined the program this season after spending two years in a junior college in Kansas. American News photo by Jenna Ortiz, taken 09/23/2021.

Scott’s situation is a shared experience that him and several others at Presentation College face. With 11 international players apart of the soccer programs, culture shock isn’t a new concept. It’s a window into the lengths others will go to in order to study and play the sport they love.  

“The fact that you can still play soccer and study at the same time, it is not possible in England. Once you get at a high level, you have to choose soccer or studying,” sophomore midfielder Jubril Adesigbin said. 

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