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 bi