Tupelo Christian Preparatory School doesn’t have a varsity soccer program, but that hasn’t stopped the private institution from achieving recognition on the national soccer stage.
George Fradenburg, who will be a senior this fall at TCPS, has earned a spot on Parade Magazine’s All-America high school boys soccer team. The article is in edition of the magazine, which was inserted in Sunday’s NEMS Daily Journal.
“It’s a real big honor,” Fradenburg said, “I was really excited when I found out.”
The 17-year-old joins Parade alumni Rachel Givan of Ridgeland and Brandon’s Justin Mapp as the only Mississippi soccer players to be named to the annual list.
Givan currently starts for two-time defending NCAA national champion North Carolina. Meanwhile, Mapp is a Major League Soccer star, anchoring the midfield for the Chicago Fire.
Being grouped among the likes of Givan and Mapp is nothing new for Fradenburg.
He’s been on the U.S. national team for his age group since he was 13.
“He’s a phenomenal athlete,” said Forrest Foxworth, who coached Fradenburg for two years on Tupelo Futbol Club’s ’91 boys team.
“He’s technically strong, and he works really hard.” Fradenburg’s talent and work ethic landed him a spot at one of US Soccer’s National Development Academies. He competes for Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA).
Academy teams play fewer and more competitive games than a regular club team, and their matches are highly attended by college and pro scouts.
To date, Fradenburg has started in every game for BUSA’s U15/U16 team and recorded a team-high 14 goals. He was named Academy Player of the Week for the week of November 2, 2009.
Fradenburg’s talents aren’t confined to the soccer field. This past May, he ran in the 2010 MHSAA 1A state track meet in Pearl, finishing third in the 200-meter race with a time of 22.79.
With credentials like that, it’s no surprise that colleges across the country are vying to sign the phenom.
“I’m looking at three right now: UCLA, Stanford and Furman,” Fradenburg said.
Furman University is the alma mater of current national team star Clint Dempsey, who scored the United States’ only goal in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with England. UCLA has three former players on the national team roster.
The U.S. national team is currently competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
No matter which college he chooses, don’t be surprised to see Fradenburg’s name on future World Cup rosters.
“He has all the right tools,” Foxworth said.
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