The 24-year old center back from Indiana received a pleasant Christmas surprise last week as he was offered a contract to sign with a club in Europe.
Per club policy, details can not be released until closer to pre-season, but with the club and federation both clearing paperwork on their end, it is official and Brodie will be packing his bags to cross the Atlantic in early 2016.
“I was a bit shocked,” Brodie told SoccerViza.
“No one seemed to want to give me a shot in the U.S., so I figured going to Europe would be something out of the question. I kept working hard though, and when this call came I was surprised, but I’m ready for it. This is what I’ve been working towards for so long, it’s almost surreal that I’m finally going to have the chance to prove what I can do.”
With the signing, Brodie became the third SoccerViza player to sign a contract this winter, joining James Pucci and Sergio Buenrostro. Like the others, Brodie has a lot to look forward to in getting to his new home, and can’t wait to get to work.
“I’m looking forward to seeing in person the style of play that Europe is going to offer. Getting to see the different style, and immersing myself in a new culture… I’m excited for the prospect of what both have to offer.”
For the 6’4’’ defender, it will be his first trip overseas after playing in the lower divisions of U.S. soccer for the past five seasons. He started with the Cincinnati Kings in PDL, then went to the New Orleans Jesters in NPSL, then back to PDL with the West Virginia Chaos and Kitsap Pumas.
“Brodie is the kind of player who will excel in being in a developmental atmosphere,” SoccerViza Founder and CEO Joe Funicello commented.
“That’s what he’s going to have in Europe; he is such a tremendous talent, and with a bit of coaching to get him up to speed in that environment, he’s going to be a very valuable player. He brings that rare combination of size and technical ability that more coaches around the world are not just valuing in their center backs, but demanding of them. With a good first season over there, he’s going to go far.”
Being the Christmas surprise that the contract was, Brodie’s family took advantage of it, with his parents calling all hands on deck for a family get together.
“When I told my mom and dad I got an offer, they literally called all my extended family to get everyone in for Christmas this year. It was such a cool thing, everyone came out and got together. Being the only athlete in the family, and especially in a sport that’s not very big in this area, it’s been a really excited atmosphere in the house.”
After having come to two SoccerViza combines in the past and using both of them to get new opportunities, Brodie speaks from a somewhat unique perspective of using SoccerViza as his regular free agent tool.
“The first time I went to a combine, SoccerViza showed me the business side of things. They showed me the ins and outs of what could happen, the hidden perils so to speak. No one else really talked about that to me before, so that was a huge lesson that ended up being very important. Secondly, it was learning what to do to engage in a combine or trial in the most efficient way. It’s all about preparation, and performance based on that preparation. Having Joe in my ear telling me to follow my dreams and giving me input on how to improve myself, that helped me grow so much. SoccerViza has helped me grow tremendously as a player.”
Brodie will travel to Europe in February to begin pre-season. Further details will be announced as they become available.