CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Three former Grande Sports Academy players recently made a decision on their collegiate futures.
Seniors Bayley Scholz and Elias Rieland have signed with the University of Wisconsin and Sacramento State, respectively. Junior Chandler Maynes has committed to the University of South Florida.
“Playing college soccer has always been one of my goals as it’s a step to becoming a professional soccer player,” said Scholz, who currently plays for FC Wisconsin Nationals. “I am thankful for everything the GSA provided me with. The coaching staff, academic staff, hotel staff and everyone else at the Grande helped make memories that I will cherish throughout my life. Without the GSA I would have never gotten the exposure to college coaches. GSA is the place to be if you want to reach your goals in soccer. I would also like to thank my family and friends who have helped me.”
Scholz and Rieland were both on the Real Salt Lake U-16 Academy squad, which won the 2013 USSDA U-15/16 National Championship in July, 2013.
“The Academy helped me grow as a player and a person,” said Rieland, who currently plays for Sacramento United. “It showed me what a true professional environment was and to always hold myself to the highest standard.”
Maynes currently plays for Orland City Academy.