After a successful collegiate career at Rutgers resulted in being drafted by Toronto FC in 2014, Kene Eze was on his way to professional stardom. Unfortunately, an injury in pre-season led to him being cut on the last day by TFC, leaving him to play for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL.
Looking to get his career back on track and play professionally in a more exotic locale, Kene attended SoccerViza’s Florida combine in January and did well over the three day period.
“I was really excited when the opportunity to play in Australia came along,” Kene told SoccerViza.
“I was a little surprised, I wasn’t expecting something from that part of the world, but I’m loving the chance to show the work that I’ve put in to prepare myself for an opportunity.”
The opportunity to play in Australia was something that Kene was ready to seize. It came along after a recommendation through the SoccerViza Network to the Warriors’ technical director who was in need of a striker for this season. One look at Kene’s video to go along with the recommendation, and the invitation was put out.
It’s an unorthodox location to go after being an MLS draft pick, but for Kene, it’s an adventure that allows him to live in a beautiful part of the world in Melbourne, Australia, and to get his scoring touch back on track.
“I didn’t know much about the country in terms of soccer or even in general, but right away I knew it was a chance I couldn’t take for granted. I’ve played in some familiar, comfortable places in the past, but I love the idea of challenging myself as much as I can. So, why not? There’s no better way to challenge myself than to step into an unfamiliar environment and prove myself in a country where football is quickly growing.”
Kene arrived in Australia this week, where he has been doing well in training while waiting for his international clearance to allow him to play this weekend in his first game.
If Kene does well in his game, he could become the first international signing for the historic Warriors, a club that has traditionally been the home of Croatian-Australians.
In the meantime, Kene is enjoying summer weather in Australia, and football during the evenings.
“I’m enjoying the lifestyle change. It’s great weather, the team and staff are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to developing both on and off the field. I’m thankful to SoccerViza for providing a great opportunity to take the next step in playing at the professional level, and I will be ready for whatever the future holds.”