The Ac Crusaders, And Their Impact on South Jersey Soccer

The Ac Crusaders, And Their Impact on South Jersey Soccer

Growing up, many kids dream about playing at their sport’s highest level. We spend countless hours on the pitch, either in practice or come game time, all with aspirations of being the best that we can be and reaching our goal.

I am preparing for my Sophomore year at Rutgers University- New Brunswick and for the second year, I am lucky enough to train and play for the AC Crusaders. The team and program have grown exponentially each year.

The facilities and the ASF staff are second-to- none in the region and create an atmosphere conducive to expanding our knowledge and ability within the game.

Furthermore, the team is comprised of some of the best players from South Jersey making each and every second with one another a learning experience.

This exposure enables me and the other players to hone in on our training and to challenge ourselves to get better every time we step on the field. I could not ask for a better opportunity to continue my passion for the game and I owe a lot to the Crusaders for the experiences I have been fortunate enough to have had in my two-year stay with the club.

This year the Crusaders hung around the winning side of the NPSL Keystone division. We played against some of the best prospects in American amateur soccer to date, which includes many of the best collegiate players and ex-professionals in the region.

To have such success with several hurdles throughout the season and tough competition, also shows that the staff of the Crusaders is able to teach and develop a side of us in addition to the playing aspect. The life lessons from only a two-month season are so great and something that will be very valuable to carry on with me throughout my career and life.

I am looking forward to my time finishing up the season, hopefully with a playoff birth, and even greater success. Furthermore to bringing the qualities I have received as a result of participating with the Crusaders to an even greater reach, the collegiate soccer arena. South Jersey has a gem in its backyard, and should be proud of and supportive of the work and products that have resulted in what has become a powerhouse region for American soccer at the hands of ASF.