CHARELSTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's soccer team has sent two more players to the next level to play professional soccer as Justin Fojo and Sean Flatley have signed contracts with Orlando City Soccer Club and the Charleston Battery, respectively.
Seniors in CofC's 2010 season, Fojo (Port of Spain, Trinidad) and Flatley (Virginia Beach, Va.) join a wealth of CofC alumni playing professional soccer.
"We are so proud to have two of our seniors sign professional contracts with top level clubs in the USL Division," said CofC head coach Ralph Lundy. "It is extremely difficult to earn a pro contract and for two of our players to accomplish this speaks volumes about what our program is doing."
Fojo recently inked his contract and will be making his professional debut with the Orlando City Soccer Club of the United Soccer Leagues. Flatley will play his rookie season with the Charleston Battery, also of the USL.
Per team policies, terms of the contracts were not released.
Fojo on signing with Orlando City SC
"Coming to CofC was the best thing that happened to me. Coach Lundy first saw me at a Trinidad National Team camp that was held in South Carolina at Patriots Point. I was around 16 or 17 and he made an offer that i couldn't refuse. The idea of getting a sound education while playing more ball was the best part. The coaching staff here has been phenomenal. They give us a contract in the beginning of each season and I really tried to follow it. It was great how much they cared about our future as individuals and strived to groom us into young men of good character. I will always cherish their support."
"This is truly a dream come true. Ever since I was 12 years old, I distinctly remember telling myself how great it would be to play professionally."
"A lot of my success is owed to one of my biggest inspirations, Dion Lafoucad. He is a mentor and coach who gave me the foundation to keep pursuing from one level to the next. Not only did he teach me the technical and tactical sides of the game, but he has instilled in me the mental aspect. I can hear certain words that were repeated consistently: Determination, Dedication, Discipline, Desire, Hard Work. This guy is a great guy, excellent coach and great friend!"
"Not many people know this, but i try to live my life by a sort of code that has meaning behind it and it goes like this: 3DBF. The '3D' stands for Determination, Dedication and Discipline; the 'B' stands for Balance; the 'F' stands for Faith"
Lundy on Fojo
"This is a great day for our program and I'm so happy that Justin has earned a professional contract," said Lundy. "Orlando City is a wonderful organization and extremely well coached. I know that Justin will take full advantage of this opportunity, just as he took advantage of every opportunity the College of Charleston offered him."
Flatley on signing with the Charleston Battery
"It was a bit of a relief signing, but I still have a long road ahead of me. I'm happy to have signed my first professional contract but understand it is a small step towards the bigger goals I have set for myself. I have Troy [Lesesne], Ralph [Lundy], and Keith [Wiggans] to thank, as well as my teammates for their support throughout my two years at the College. There is still a lot of hard work ahead of me and I am excited to face those challenges."
Lundy on Flatley
"I'm very happy that Sean Flatley has signed with the Charleston Battery," said Lundy. "The Charleston Battery is such a classy organization and I know Sean will do great things for them. He is a tireless worker and is such a presence on the field. I know he will put in the work to help the Battery throughout his rookie season."