Farmington freshman trains with national soccer teamFarmington High School ninth grader Jesse Buffington was one of 36 players chosen to attend the U.S. Under-14 boys soccer training camp over the summer.
By: Alec Hogstad, The Farmington Independent
As the Farmington boys soccer team comes off of their best season ever, they are looking for a new goalkeeper to fill the spot of the All-Conference keeper they lost to graduation.
Farmington freshmen Jesse Buffington might be that goalkeeper. Buffington has been playing soccer for about 10 years, and this summer he got the opportunity to play in front of national team scouts.
Buffington was one of five goalies (36 players) in the nation selected to attend the, U.S. Under-14 boys soccer training camp in Carson Calif. He was one of only 10 players chosen that are not registered with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Buffington got to play in one of the premier soccer stadiums in the country, a stadium that plays host to every L.A. Galaxy home game.
On average players would train for about 4 hours a day, taking breaks only to eat and refuel. The training was “really intense,” according to Buffington. The camp was six days long and consisted of four days of training and two days of playing games.
Buffington was chosen by U.S. soccer Under-14 head coach Hugo Perez to participate. Buffington plays soccer year round, this last summer playing for St. Croix Academy’s premier team.
Buffington will look to bring what he learned to Tiger Field as he fights for a spot on the varsity roster. The Tigers will kick off their season with a non-conference game in Rosemount on Thursday, Aug. 23.