Parker Seymour, 22, a former Canadian Youth National Team player and veteran of the U-17 World Cup, joins Portuguese third division club SCU Torreense for pre-season this week.
Parker first attended SoccerViza’s Florida combine in January, 2016, and put in an impressive performance but unfortunately could not find a fit among scouts in attendance. It turned around during the Toronto combine though, where his play at right back turned the head of Torreense scout and owner Rodolfo Vaz, who immediately began setting up the pre-season invitation for the former University of Maryland and Michigan State defender.
“When I found out, I was extremely excited. Happy doesn’t describe it,” Parker told SoccerViza.
“Grateful is a good way to describe my thought process as well, and feeling lucky for the opportunity to continue pursuing my dream of professional soccer. That it’s in a country with the soccer pedigree of Portugal is even better.”
Joining the team for pre-season is often a difficult endeavor for players as they struggle to match their training fitness with the professional club’s match fitness, but Parker has dedicated himself to playing every day with his local club team in London, Ontario. With an every day training regimen and games every week, he feels prepared for the rigors of jumping into full-time professional soccer.
It’s a matter of looking ahead now for Parker, as he digs into Portuguese lessons to re-familiarize himself with the language of his Brazilian heritage, and readies himself for adjusting to living and playing in a new country.
“Obviously, the first priority for me is treating soccer as my job, and putting all of my effort into trying to make the team. But I’m also very much looking forward to embracing and learning about a new culture.”
SCU Torreense, under new ownership after last season’s mid-table finish, has ambitions to climb into the Premier League over the next three seasons, and Parker could end up being a key cog in that machine if he’s able to nail down the right back position.
“I’m fortunate to have a family that has always supported me,” Parker added.
“They’re supportive, and committed to helping me achieve my goals. I would also like to thank SoccerViza for giving me an opportunity to get myself noticed, and for helping me get closer to achieving my dream.”
You can follow along with Parker’s progress in Portugal by tracking SoccerViza on social media.
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