The league is considered a training ground for the MLS (Major League Soccer). For some of these players, the dream of playing pro was born at an impossibly young age: “I've been playing soccer since I was three and a half years old; as soon as I learned how to walk I had a ball at my feet. It's my dream, to be a home-grown player and make it straight to the MLS,” McKelvey explains.
While the dream may be to play pro, most athletes keep that in perspective alongside other goals. "My long-term goal is to get drafted, hopefully, if it all goes to plan. If not I end up with a college degree," says Geldenhuys.