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Keegan continues career overseas
Former men’s soccer standout to compete in Ireland this season
March 5, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Former Binghamton men’s soccer standout Jake Keegan is continuing his professional career overseas. After competing with FCA Darmstadt in Germany in 2013, he has earned a spot on Galway FC in Ireland this year.
Keegan was drafted by the Philadelphia Union with the 43rd pick in the MLS 2013 Supplemental Draft. He opted instead to go to Europe and scored 10 goals in a little over half a season with FCA Darmstadt.
“The team was successful and I enjoyed my time in Germany,” Keegan said. “But I knew that I had the ability to play at a higher level. That led me to coming to Ireland on trial in hopes of earning a spot on the team here.”
It was a connection Keegan made during his college days that led him to get a tryout with Galway FC.
“I got a trial with Galway FC through a man named David Harris,” he said. “He works with the Westchester Flames PDL (Premier Development League) team that I played with over the summer during my time at Binghamton. David has connections in Ireland and was able to help get me over here.”
Galway FC plays in the Ireland First Division, which is the second tier in Ireland. Its season starts March 7 and runs into October.
Although he graduated from Binghamton nearly two years ago, Keegan remains in close contact with many of his former teammates.
“I have been in contact with a number of guys from the squad recently,” he said. “I was lucky enough to play with a fantastic group of both players and people and I will remain lifelong friends with many of the guys from the team.”
For four seasons, Keegan was the main target up front for the Bearcats. He scored 11 goals as a senior in 2012 and was named first-team all-conference and third-team All-Northeast Region. In the classroom, Keegan was named to the America East’s All-Academic Team his final season and was honored as a Scholar All-Region player by the NSCAA.
Besides his growth on the field, Keegan has no doubt Binghamton helped him also grow as a person.
“My experiences at Binghamton really helped prepare me for the challenges that I have faced after graduating,” he said. “One thing I have noticed is no matter how far away I am from Binghamton there are constant reminders of the time that I spent there. Sometimes it is a coach that reminds me of something (Binghamton) Coach (Paul) Marco would say. Other times it is a player that acts or plays in a similar way to someone I played with. Sometimes it is even a conflict that arises that is similar to something that happened at Binghamton either on the field or in the classroom. These reminders help me be successful because it helps me handle certain kinds of people or situations in the correct way.”