Laval’s Nathan Simeon is taking his talents to Orlando, Florida.
The 18-year-old center-back is going to Montverde Academy and Orlando City Academy.
“It means a lot because I worked hard every training and every match in hopes of one day getting the chance to elevate my soccer to the next level,” said Simeon. “Going to a school like Montverde, which is good academically speaking, let’s me get the best at both soccer and education.”
Simeon was recruited out of the Montreal Impact Academy. He’s played for Center-Sud, Fabrose “AA,” Chomedy “AAA,” and he finally switched two years ago to St Laurent before joining the Orlando City U19 Academy. The time spent with the Montreal Impact’s academy put him on the path to earn a scholarship.
“It was rough because the talent here is very high and you need to perform every time you step on the pitch because that’s how you earn your game time,” said Simeon. “The staff has such a high level of experience, they push us a lot and that contributes to set a professional environment on the field and off the field.”
He started playing soccer at the age of four and can even remember wearing his first gold coloured jersey with the number 10. The shirt was too big and baggy going all the way down to his knees, but Simeon wanted to wear the number 10 no matter what because it was the same number his childhood idol Ronaldinho wore.
“My favorite thing about soccer is it let’s me express myself on the pitch,” said Simeon. “The family bond it creates with my teammates and sometimes the opponent as well.”
Simeon can be described as having great athleticism and determination. He’s gifted with a combination of speed and agility which is hard to find. His dream is to one day play professional soccer.
“I’d like to improve my technique, I feel that if I’m able to close the technical gap between me and the players that have played years in professional academies, I’ll be one step closer to becoming a professional,” said Simeon.
Right now, the main focus for Simeon is getting to the Orlando City Academy and performing to the best of his ability.
“At first I was a bit stressed because I’ve never really been away from home but it got better when I first landed and realized that my parents were actually more stressed than me,” said Simeon. “Sharing my stress and concern going to Florida helped me get through it.”