George selected for MLS Columbus Crew
Kevan George, the former St Clair Coaching School player told the Tobago News that being selected for Columbus Crew in US Major League Soccer Super Draft recently was a dream come through, though he never believed it would have happened.
George's exploits in the United States College football circuit that earned him a professional contract with MLS Crew has made him a target for the Olympic Under 23 team. Head coach Angus Eve is interested in drafting him into the team for the upcoming CONCACAF Final Round Olympic Qualifier.
However, George told the Tobago News that as much as he wants to play for the national team it will depend on the terms and conditions of his contract with Columbus Crew.
George is presently on a pre-season trip with the team to the state of Florida where they will engage FC Malino from Sweden and Seattle Sounders that recently hosted a scouting session in Tobago, in a two-match series.
George who passed his common entrance exam for Bishop's High School said that his parents moved to the United States first and three years later he and his brother migrated to the United States.
Speaking after being drafted the Roxborough-born defender said, "I was born in T&T and moved to America in 2002, my parents didn't have a job, he added, they just moved out hoping to help my brother and I advance our academic careers and me my professional dream."
It was very tough in the beginning, as you could expect because we had nothing. That alone motivated me. All throughout my life, college, I just had a one-track mind what I was going to do for my family.
When he heard his name called by the Crew, he said "my knees got weak and I immediately started thanking God, I was thinking of my family and what they had done for me."
George credits Bertille St Clair and the St Clair Coaching School for his success, stressing that the whole system, discipline, hard-work, dedication instilled in him at the School in his early age he kept and used it to achieve his goal. He added that he could not see it happening some years ago but noted that he thanks God every day for making his life-long dream a reality.
George who is a defensive mid-fielder played for Bacatur High School in Atlanta where he led the team in most goals and assists and was captain in his sophomore year.
At the University of Central Florida, he played a pivotal role in the team reaching the NCAA, Second Round in the National Conference tournament.
George averaged two goals and nine assists at Central Florida, was named to the All-Conference first team in his sophomore, junior and senior years, was named on the third team in the all-region in his junior year and second team in the all-region in his senior year.