Daniel Edelman is one of the brightest future promises in New York Red Bulls' Academy. The 17-years-old player has already played several gamis in the second team and dreams to achieve the opportunity to be in the first team. But now he and his parents have a diemma: start university after finishing high school or risking his education career to join professional soccer.
With team veterans like Florian Valot, Jared Stroud, Chris Lema and Ben Mines down in Orlando for the MLS is Back tournament, the door was wide open for Daniel to leave his mark on New York Red Bulls II. In the opening USL Championship match he made the bench but rapidly he was in the starting line-up five days later.
As he prepares to finish high school, the opportunities on what Daniel’s next move in regard to his soccer career are getting smaller. With a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina already in play, it’s now a matter of putting in balance the benefits of playing in college or attempting to stick to the professional route out of high school.