San Jac's Seoane earns Dynamo look
02.03.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren
San Jac's Seoane earns Dynamo look
January 30, 2014Media Contact: Amanda L. BoorenBy: John Bechtle for sanjacspors.com
HOUSTON – Fresh off arguably the best offensive season in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division I men's soccer ranks in 2013, San Jacinto College sophomore striker Jose “Sito” Seoane (Coruna, Spain / Nuestra Senora del Carmen) earned a preseason stint with the Houston Dynamo.
Seoane, 24, was wearing the orange jersey No. 35 when the Dynamo opened preseason training Jan. 27 at Houston Sports Park.
Listed as a “trialist” on the roster, Seoane is literally in a day-to-day situation with the Dynamo, one of the Major League Soccer's most prestigious and respected organizations.
San Jacinto College men's soccer head coach Ian Spooner expected Seoane to get a good look during the team's Jan. 29 scrimmage against the Dynamo Academy's U-18 squad at Houston Sports Park.
Spooner was also hopeful the Spain-born player would be asked to stick around long enough to play in the team's official pre- season opener Feb. 2, also at Houston Sports Park, against the Colorado Rapids.
Ideally, Seoane is shooting for a role as one of the team's reserve performers.
“It's just a good opportunity for him as a player, and also a chance for him to see what's out there and to also show what he can do,” Spooner said.
“At that level, it really sometimes boils down to what a particular team or coach is looking for at that time.”
There is no questioning Seoane's skills on the soccer field. During the 2013 season, Seoane scored a national-best 30 goals and added 14 assists while leading San Jacinto College to a third-place finish at nationals.
The team, led by Spooner, won a school-best 20 matches. Seoane was named a first team, NJCAA All-American selection following the season.
“The thing that stands out to me is his work ethic,” Spooner said. “He was usually the first player out on the practice field and the last to leave.
“He's definitely technically sound as a player – no doubt – but he puts in the rest of the hard work.
“He keeps his body fit, and he wants to win at everything. Sito wants to play the sport professionally.”
His career now done at San Jacinto College, Seoane will have to turn to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics if he hopes to play at the college level.
Professionally, he intends to explore options in the United Soccer League or the MLS.
“Sito has international experience and has clearly shown what he can do collegiately,” Spooner said. “It would be great to see him get a shot at the professionally level.”
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