- Name: Sebastian Conlon
- School or league: Great Falls Soccer Club
- Team: Milan Blue U11
- Award: Earned roster spot on 13 player showcase tournament U10 Red Bulls team
Reston resident Sebastian Conlon, 9, has been playing with the Great Falls Soccer Club Milan Blue U11 travel team since it was formed in 2010. Despite being the youngest player by nearly two years on the team he is one of the team's top goal scorers each of the past few seasons playing the mid-field position.
This past season he helped the club reach an expected Division 3 for the upcoming spring NCSL season. Additionally, the team won the elite bracket last fall in a very competitive Richmond Kicker's Tournament attended by over 100 teams. The team is comprised of players from the local Great Falls/Reston area.
Conlon, who trains six days a week with three different teams and his own personal speed trainer, spent most of last summer training in England.
During his stay in England, he was evaluated and trained with coaches and players from Championship side Birmingham City FC and Premiere League side Reading FC. Additionally while in the UK he attended residential training programs with Manchester United Soccer Schools impressing coaches with his play.
Upon his return last August he was accepted into the New York Red Bulls U10 pre-academy RDS soccer program despite being an out of region participant and recently competed with the top U10 players from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania beating out over 200 players to earn a roster spot on a 13 player showcase tournament U10 Red Bulls team.
The team is competing this February in a national tournament in New Jersey against top U10 teams from around the East Coast.
This summer, Conlon has been invited to attend a private tryout in Manchester, England with the elite iFDA Youth Academy for a hopeful return in 2014 for a full four month summer residency program.
Conlon is coached by Great Falls Soccer Club coaches Radovan Pletka, Jose Urquizo and GFSC Technical Director Sam Bader, who have spearheaded a very successful youth development program at the Great Falls Soccer Club. Pletka, especially has taken considerable interest and time taking Conlon under his wing with additional hours of coaching and training.