Peachtree City Sign Oregon State Defender Ndubuisi Obasi and Huntington Midfielder Noah Stanford
Training with a professional club is both an honor and an opportunity to refine your skills in a professional environment. Players who have the chance to train with and play for professional clubs give themselves a massive advantage over many of their competitors as they can gain the connections and the experience necessary to carry themselves into the highest ranks. Not every player gets the chance to train professionally, and not every player needs it, but it certainly never hurts.
Ndubuisi Obasi - Defender - Oregon State University
A native of Cologne, Germany, Ndubuisi Obasi grew up in the Cologne-area playing with Borussia Hohenlind's youth team. With the U19 club, Obasi was the youngest captain the club had ever had and featured in matches against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Köln. After attending Georg Büchner Gymnasium, Obasi travelled to Nanaimo, British Columbia to play for Nanaimo United FC of the Vancouver Island Soccer League where he won the Jackson Cup.
Obasi committed to Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts prior to the 2017 season, and he quickly made his name known with the program. Starting eighteen of his nineteen appearances, Obasi was part of a back-four that recorded ten clean sheets en route to a 16-1-3 record with wins against the likes of Rhode Island College and Florida College. The Bulldogs made it all the way to the national semi-finals before falling to Bryant & Stratton. Following the 2017 season, Obasi made the jump to division one soccer, joining Oregon State University who are coming off a less than optimal 7-11 record in 2017.
Noah Stanford - Midfielder - Huntington University
Out of Ottawa, Ontario, Noah Stanford had the incredible opportunity to play with USL club Ottawa Fury FC during his youth. Playing mostly with the reserve side, but also seeing some action with the first team, Stanford was the youngest player in the Premier Ligue de Soccer du Quebec during his time. Ottawa, one of the top clubs in the USL, also played home to MOBA manager Omar Jarun for a season in 2014. After his time with the Fury, Stanford decided to play collegiate soccer for Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, where, as a freshman, Stanford started seventeen matches, scoring two goals to go with three assists. The Foresters finished the season 10-4-5, making it to the second round of the Crossroads League Tournament before the four-seed was eliminated 5-3 on penalties by one-seed Spring Arbor.
Obasi and Stanford bring to Peachtree City some well-developed international talent that has been refined by professional clubs. Obasi has a lot of strength and a large presence to compete in a demanding center-back position, and Stanford brings pace and ability on the ball to play on the wings as well as in the middle. The competition for roster spots in Peachtree City this summer is going to be fierce, and Ndubuisi Obasi as well as Noah Stanford are both players that have an opportunity to see plenty of minutes.
Photo Courtesy: Dean College, Huntington University