TESTIMONIALS

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David Coffey, from Cork, Rep. of Ireland, signed with NAIA National powerhouse, Lindsey Wilson College, (Columbia, Kentucky) in 2019. The Irish goalkeeper played a key role in the success of the 2019 side, who reached the NAIA National Tournament Final Four. David was selected to the NAIA All-Tournament team for his performances throughout the tournament. 

David said of SSUSA: 

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They made the transition from Ireland to America as smooth as it could possibly be. I wouldn't be where I am today without them, living the dream of getting an education and playing at a very high level. They have opened so many opportunities for me that I would never of had elsewhere in which I cannot thank them enough.

David played his youth football for Cork City U19s, where he played in the UEFA Youth Champions League. Progressing in their first two-legged game vs. Finnish champions, HJK Helsinki, Coffey was voted as man of the match. In the next round Cork came up against Italian giants, AS Roma. Again, David put in a man of the match performance for the Turner's cross outfit, narrowly losing 1-0 in Rome. Cork eventually succumbed to the Italians, losing 4-1 on aggregate. David has also represented his country playing for the the Irish national university team. 

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Conor Behan of Dublin, Ireland signed his US college soccer scholarship with NCAA Division institution, the University of North Carolina Asheville, in the late Spring of 2020. Behan hit the ground running with the Bulldogs as he was named the Big South Freshman of Week, in his first season after scoring in their game against Longwood University. Conor was also selected to the All-Big South Freshman squad for the Spring '21 season.

Conor said of SSUSA: 

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SSUSA were absolutely superb in helping me with the whole process. From the first time I spoke with the guys to now, they have always been there to answer all of my questions. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in pursuing a scholarship to work with SSUSA, as (for me) they are the best in the business.

Conor played his youth football for Bray Wanderers, before transferring to UCD to finish his final season before heading Stateside. The young Dublin man, is currently a sophomore studying towards an environmental science major, graduating in 2024. On the field he is making waves throughout the Big South Conference. Conor was apart of the Republic of Ireland Development squads as a teenager and captained both his clubs Bray Wanderers and UCD, at the underage level.

 

SSUSA defender, Alina Miagkova

Alina Miagkova, from Lipetsk, Russia is a full back for the senior Russia national team, and recently graduated from NCAA Division ACC member, Syracuse University. Before joining Syracuse University, Alina played one season at Central Michigan University where she became an instant hit, scoring 3 goals for CMU, and notching her first senior international goal for Russia as they beat Estonia 4-0 in the 2022 European Championships qualifying. Alina now plays professionally in the Serie A for Hellas Verona.

 

Alina said of SSUSA: 

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I would definitely recommend Lyle Gifford and SSUSA, for anyone who wants to go and play in the United States, and get your education with a good scholarship. They provide opportunities for everyone and you can trust them with everything. I definitely recommend SSUSA.

Prior to heading to the USA, Alina was a member of the Locomotiv Moscow first team squad, who have subsequently gone on to win the Russian National Premier League, and compete in the UEFA Champions League. She also has represented her country over 10 times, including facing the World Cup runners up, Netherlands in Euro 2022 qualifying. She helped Russia qualify for Euro 2022 where she will hope to be a member of the squad in London this summer. 

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Charlie Hennen from Eastleigh, England, is currently a junior at the reigning NAIA National Champions, Keiser University of West Palm Beach, Florida. Charlie is a central midfielder who joined the Seahawks in 2019, making one of the best decisions he could. As a starting midfielder for the Seahawks, Charlie guided his team to a National Championship, and even netted in the semi-final to send Keiser to the Championship game.

 

Charlie said of SSUSA: 

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Without Lyle & the lads at SSUSA, I would not be where I am today. I've had the opportunity to continue dreaming of achieving something big in the professional game, whilst living in West Palm Beach. They helped me with everything, and always responded quickly to all my queries. Everything is done professionally & I would 100% recommend using these guys to help you achieve your dream.

Prior to heading to the USA, Charlie was a member of the Portsmouth in the Community side who played in the National Football Youth League. Charlie was also a member of the Leamington Town team who took on Torquay United in the FA Cup, live on the BBC, back in 2018! What a whirlwind couple of years the young man from Eastleigh has had, and he'll be looking to continue that trend as the Seahawks return to the pitch in 2022 to defend their crown.

SSUSA defender, Matty Toolan

Matty Toolan, from Dublin, Ireland secured a scholarship at one of the top junior colleges in the country, Jefferson College, MO. During his freshman season Matty started 12 games for the Vikings, as they narrowly lost to Iowa Lakes Community College in the District final, coming up just short of the NJCAA National Tournament. A great first season for the commanding centre back, who will be looking to push on and take Jefferson to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2022. 

Matty said of SSUSA:

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I would 100% recommend SSUSA, why I would recommend them is because every step of the way Lyle and alex were helping me achieve my dream of playing college football in America. Every question I had was answered quickly and very detailed. I am still receiving texts to see how I’m getting on when I’m over here. This is a great company to reach out too if you are looking to achieve your goal playing college football.

Prior to heading to the USA, Matty was a member of the Larkview FC team, after previously playing his youth football for one of Ireland's biggest clubs, Shamrock Rovers. 

SSUSA midfielder, Adam Lynch

Adam Lynch from Sligo, Republic of Ireland, is a CDM currently playing for West Liberty University, after graduating from Jones Community College, MS. Lynch was an integral part of the Jones College Bobcats, as they went back-to-back-to-back MACCC Champions. Representing Jones at the NJCAA National tournament in 2020, defeating Southeastern (the eventual NJCAA Champions) was a highlight. Adam transferred to NCAA D2 side, West Liberty University, and played a part in every game for the Hilltoppers as a junior this past season (2021).

Adam said of SSUSA:

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Lyle and Alex were a massive help in getting me a transfer out of Jones college during covid in my sophomore year to West Liberty, not only did they help out with everything and with getting it all sorted, they stayed in touch throughout our successful season and kept up with all our games and provided quality advice along the way.

Prior to heading to the USA, Adam played his club football for Sligo Rovers U19s, and represented his country, the Republic of Ireland, on 5 separate occasions.

SSUSA defender, Neil Langan

Neil Langan, from Dublin, Ireland signed for Northwood University, MI, of the NCAA D2 in August 2021. The Dubliner started in 14 of his sides 16 games, scoring 1 goal on the way to a very solid opening season at the Timberwolves.

Neil said of SSUSA:

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Couldn’t recommend these lads enough. No matter the hour they were always there to answer any questions I had. They’ve been extremely helpful and attentive for every step of trying to get over the US. Can’t speak highly enough especially of Lyle and Alex who were brilliant through every moment.

Prior to heading to the USA, Neil played his club football for Bray Wanderers U17s/U19s, where he also captained the side. 

SSUSA midfielder, Darragh Curtin

Darragh Curtin from Kinsealy, Ireland, signed his scholarship with NCAA D2 Mercyhurst University, PA, who play out of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. During Darragh's first season at Mercyhurst, he recorded 3 assists on the way to winning the PSAC West Regular Season Title. The Lakers narrowly missed out on the NCAA D2 national tournament after coming unstuck in their conference semi-final, losing 2-0 to Millersville University. 

Darragh said of SSUSA:

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Top class service from start to finish. In the beginning they give you details and facts about the whole experience while also allowing you to make your own decisions. They find a variety of schools for you too. Different locations, size, league, this allows for a wide variety of choice and the school you pick will be the school best suited for you. Often cheaper than other recruitment agencies however they certainly do not lack when it comes to finding a perfect school for you. Brilliant service, would highly recommend.

Prior to heading to the USA, Adam played his club football for Drogheda United U19s.

SSUSA midfielder, Toni Neuvonen

Toni Neuvonen from Mikkeli, Finland, signed for the Flying Fleet, Erskine College in 2021. Erskine are an NCAA D2 institution, located in Due West, South Carolina. Toni played in 16 games for the Flying Fleet during his freshman season, and notched one goal to grab Erskine a late draw against Conference Carolinas foe, Belmont Abbey University. 

 

Toni said of SSUSA: 

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Scholarship Sports USA contacted me via email in 2020 about the possibility of going to a college in the United States. They helped me earn a great scholarship and a spot in a competitive soccer program. They've been consistent throughout the process and have always been easy to contact. I recommend SSUSA to anyone who's planning on going to the US on a sport scholarship to put them in the best position possible.

Prior to heading to the USA, Toni was playing in the 3rd tier of the Finnish League system with MiPK. Toni made his first team debut as a 16 year-old against HJK Helsinki, Finland's most decorated club. Toni had 2 goals & 5 assists in 20 league games for MiPK. 

SSUSA Goalkeeper, Felix Davies

Felix Davies, from Basingstoke, England, is a 6 ft 4, sports management major, who signed for St. Thomas Aquinas, NY. The shot-stopper tallied 14 saves during his freshman season, with a .700 save percentage. His first collegiate clean sheet came in his 2nd appearance, as the Spartans ran out 2-0 winners at home to Bloomfield University.

Felix said of SSUSA:

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Extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout. Can’t speak highly enough of SSUSA and my experience with them thus far. Worked closely with Lyle and the rest of the team and would highly recommend them to anyone looking at the US collegiate pathway.

Prior to heading to the USA, Felix played his club football for Woking FC, and was a member of the Conference Premier team, where he would regular be on the bench as the club's number 2.

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Adam O'Sullivan, from Cobh, Republic of Ireland signed for NCAA Division 1 Florida Atlantic University in August 2018. FAU are located in the picturesque West Palm Beach, and play in the Conference USA league. "Sully" went on to captain the Owls as a junior before transferring to NCAA D2, Tusculum University from Tennessee to complete his undergraduate in 2022. 

Adam said of SSUSA:

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I can't thank SSUSA enough for their help the past year. They were efficient and seamless in every task that had to be done. Now, I get to study and play NCAA D1 soccer for the next four years in West Palm Beach, Florida!

Prior to heading to the USA, Adam played for Cork City, in the UEFA Champions League Youth, against HJK Helsinki, and AS Roma. 

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Axel Johansson of Javrebyn, Sweden signed for Bluefield College, VA of the NAIA in 2018. The 6ft 4, centre back marshalled the Rams defence and quickly became a big hit on the US collegiate scene. Upgraded to captain of the Rams during his sophomore season, it was clear that Axel was a born leader. He anchored the defence to one of their best finishes in recent history, as the 'giant' Swede left his mark on Bluefield College. 

Axel said of SSUSA:

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SSUSA helped me through the whole process, and was always very helpful. Every time I had a problem or question they could help me anytime of the day. Tack så mycket, SSUSA!

Prior to heading to the USA, Axel played for Storfors AIK in the Swedish third division, and for their reserve side, in the Swedish 5th division. 

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Zac Gunratnam-Bailey from Oxford, England, signed for the University of Louisiana Shreveport Pilots in 2018 after deciding upon the returning program to begin his collegiate journey. After Zac's sophomore season, he transferred to Bloomfield University in Pennsylvania, where he went onto graduate in 2021.

Zac said of SSUSA:

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I would recommend SSUSA to anyone looking to play college soccer, and my experience with them has been nothing but positive. They have been attentive & professional throughout the process, always on hand to answer any questions I may have, whilst being honest & transparent. It is clear they really care about you as a student athlete - and person. On the soccer marketing side they were able to promote me to some of the top programs at NCAA D1, D2, NAIA & Junior college level, to help me find the best deal & fit for myself, which is another thing that sets them apart from regular scholarship companies, which may not have such a diverse network of contacts. The support system they have in place after making my college choice has also been very helpful. The opportunities they provide after college is a another rare bonus that sets them apart.

Prior to heading to the USA, Zac was playing for Wantage Town FC in the Hellenic/Southern leagues, and was also a member of the Wycombe Wanderers NFYL team. 

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Paul Bracken, from Dublin, Ireland signed for William Carey University, MS of the NAIA in 2016. Paul made an immediate impression as he helped the Crusaders to multiple conference titles, including a #1 NAIA national ranking along the way.

Paul said of SSUSA:

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I'd like to say a big thanks to the boys at SSUSA for their help in sending me over here. Their guidance and eagerness to help me through every process was unwavering! Now that I'm here, I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me over the next four years!

Prior to heading to the USA, Paul was a member of Boh's U19s in the League of Ireland.

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Ethan Lau, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia signed for Hannibal LaGrange University of the NAIA in August 2019, before transferring to Tusculum University of the NCAA D2 in August 2021.  

Ethan said of SSUSA:

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SSUSA were incredibly helpful all throughout, anytime I needed help they were there for me. I have in a big part them to thank for getting me to where I am today.

Prior to heading to the USA, Ethan was playing for FC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia's capital city.

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Dylan Cody, of Limerick, Ireland signed for Iowa Lakes Community College, after impressing head coach Ben MacRae. Dylan helped the Lakers to a top 10 nationally ranked spot, after narrowly losing in the final of the regional tournament to take them to the national tournament. 

Dylan said of SSUSA:

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I can't thank SSUSA enough for all their help over the last number of months. The lads have been unbelievable in making the whole process quick and easy. Lyle & SSUSA are amongst the best out there for getting to know each player and giving them the best opportunity they can. Everything is done professionally and I would recommend them to any player looking for a scholarship to get onto them.

Prior to heading to the USA, Dylan was playing for Limerick FC in the League of Ireland U19s.

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Cian Lynch, from Dublin, Ireland signed for Cape Breton University scoring 5 goals and assisting 3 times during his first year as a Caper. Cian previously played for SCAD in the Sun Conference & Indiana Tech in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, before moving up to Canada to play for USports side, Cape Breton University. 

Cian said of SSUSA:

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Can't thank the lads at SSUSA enough, they went above and beyond to help find me a university that suited me, and what I was looking for. Lyle was available at all times to answer any questions, and offer any guidance I needed.

Prior to heading to the USA, Cian played in the League of Ireland First Division for Cabinteely FC.

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Noah Alsterlind, from Norrköping, Sweden, is a freshman at Coastal Carolina University, of the NCAA DI. Noah signed his scholarship with the Chanticleers in August 2021.  

Noah said of SSUSA:

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The agency was fantastic throughout the process and helped me greatly in reaching my goal of committing to my dream school. It was a very personalized and transparent process in which you’re part of every step of it. I felt very relieved throughout the whole process as I had people who I trusted helping me throughout the process and that is one of the best things about this agency. They get you where you want to go. I am very grateful for everything this agency did for me and all their help throughout this process. I would most definitely recommend anyone to sign with this agency as they are a great group of people looking to help you in any and every way possible.

Prior to heading to the USA, Noah played for Meteor Praha III in the Czech Republic U19s League.