Two very good friends from the same hometown and same club program took a major step forward in their personal soccer journeys this summer.
Goalkeeper Caleb McNeil has committed to the University of Rhode Island, while forward Charlie Yates has committed to Colgate University for next year. The Class of 2023 players are both from Fairfield, Conn., and play for Beachside Soccer Club MLS NEXT.
"It’s amazing," said Yates. "I think about, probably, seven years ago I don’t think we would’ve thought this would happen. Now, going into our senior year, being both committed to Division 1 programs is a dream come true. I know both of our families are really proud of us, and it’s really fun to look back and see how far we’ve come.
"Caleb is a great kid and so talented. I’m really excited for him."