Former Mountaineer Star Ready For The Big Stage

West Virginia Mountaineer star Eric Shoenle is getting ready to play in the United States Major League Soccer. The 6 foot 2 central defender, who had a standout career at West Virginia, was recently selected by the Philadelphia Union team in this year’s MLS Supplemental draft. Schoenle, a two-year All-American, played in 17 games last season, leading the Mountaineers with six goals, including two game-winners. He completed his four-year career with 75 games played, 14 goals, five assists, 33 points and seven game-winning goals. Football, as it is more popularly known worldwide, is considered to be a major sport in Germany. In fact, Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won a total of three World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990) and three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996). They also hold the distinction of being the only nation to have won both the men’s and women’s World Cups. With the emergence of football in the United States, it is no surprise to see an influx of American players into the German Bundesliga.

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Eric Shoenle’s journey into the world of professional football will surely be one that is going to be full of challenges and trials. And having been selected by the Union is a big step in fulfilling his dream of playing in the big leagues. With his storied career at West Virginia to back him up, coupled with the training he is to undergo at the professional level, only time will tell if the young man from Yardley, PA can live up to the promise of one day playing for big time leagues such as the German Bundesliga, following in the footsteps of American players who came before him. And when that time comes, the Mountaineers of West Virginia will surely be well represented.

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