Freshman Michael Spencer's Summer of Soccer in Spain
This summer, freshman Michael Spencer traveled with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher U15 U.S. Development Academy soccer team to Barcelona. The team trained each day with Spanish coaches, attended professional matches and played 3 matches against top local competition. Competition included the professional team RCD Espanyol (pictured). The players for Espanyol live at the team school, practicing soccer and attending classes for 3 hours per day, which is how professional Spanish teams develop players. Some of the top players are paid up to $40,000 Euros per year, beginning at the age of 14! The team also had the opportunity to see the city, including a visit to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Benedictine abbey.