NJ Youth Soccer Spotlight: Chase Ealy
New Jersey Youth Soccer standout Chase Ealy continues to impress as he plays academy football overseas in the South Lancashire League in Leeds, England, with Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy. Ealy was a member of the New Jersey ODP program and was selected to the Region 1 ODP roster during his youth career in the United States.
Youth Soccer News: Chase Ealy is yet another example of a New Jersey Youth Soccer star successfully using his local foundation to excel in his search for a profession in the international world of soccer. Ealy is an attacker and midfielder that has represented an advanced level of soccer since his early teen years. He represented New Jersey in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was also selected to the Region 1 ODP Roster. Ealy had consistently been a part of nationally ranked clubs and competed in the biggest regional tournaments throughout his youth soccer career.
This talented young man received some highly decorated accomplishments for his play at Princeton High School in New Jersey. His high school career was as extremely successful and productive. He started every match as a sophomore on a State Championship squad and assisted on his sides lone goal in the final to help guide his school to the Group III Co-State Championship Title. This was just the start as he continued his progression by making the All-State team his junior year and capping his high school experience off with a memorable Senior year. His final year at Princeton High School included captaining a Central III State Champion side, while also winning the Mercer Valley Tournament and Colonial Valley Conference and being names to the All-State team once again.
After building a strong foundation through his youth soccer career based mostly in New Jersey, Ealy is currently working hard to supplant himself in the professional soccer world as he is now playing academy football overseas in the South Lancashire League In Leeds, England with RIASA (Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy).
New Jersey Youth Soccer spoke with Ealy on his success and development over the years.
New Jersey Youth Soccer: How would you describe your playing style?
Chase Ealy: Tenacious. I love to play more than anything else and when I play, I play to win. I try not to be daunted by an opponent’s reputation, size or record. I go out there to win, full 90.
New Jersey Youth Soccer: What has been your biggest achievement on the soccer field thus far in your young playing career?
Chase Ealy: Representing Region I at the ODP Inter Regional matches in Bradenton, FL and playing with and against some of the best players in the country. Scoring 4 goals over two games on the same day for PDA to beat the #1 and 2 ranked teams in the country. My varsity career at Princeton high.
New Jersey Youth Soccer: What has been key to your growth as a player on and off the field?
Chase Ealy: Creating a vision for myself, my game and my career and following it even when it isn’t easy, doesn’t look the way others are doing it or the way it is “supposed to be done.”
New Jersey Youth Soccer: What do you find most fun about the sport of soccer?
Chase Ealy: It is truly my passion. It is what I love to do every single day, for different coaches and with different players, in different countries and weather conditions – it’s always a thrill.
New Jersey Youth Soccer: How has soccer helped you grow as a young man off the field?
Chase Ealy: It has definitely helped for me to understand commitment and hard work. Through soccer, I have been in situations where I don’t know many people on a team or have traveled to unfamiliar places and these experiences have really allowed for me to develop self-confidence and independence.
New Jersey Youth Soccer: How has New Jersey Youth Soccer impacted your path thus far as a soccer player?
Chase Ealy: From the highly competitive league play to the state and region ODP programs, my experiences with NJYS have tremendous impact.
Ealy is a talent to keep an eye out for and yet another successful youth soccer story out of the state of New Jersey.
Source/Photo Credit: New Jersey Youth Soccer