Former Father Ryan soccer player and United States Under-17 Men’s National Team member Tanner Dieterich has committed to play soccer at Clemson University.
“When I got up there and visited I really fell in love with the place,” Dieterich said. “The coaching staff is great, and Coach (Mike) Noonan is a great guy. They make you feel like family up there, and that was an aspect that went into my decision.”
Dieterich, the son of Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich, still has plenty of soccer to play before he steps foot on the Clemson campus, though.
Tanner, who helped lead the Irish to a Division II Class AA state title as a freshman in 2013, has spent the past year and a half in the USMNT U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., where he is entering his fourth semester in the program.
“It was fun playing for my dad, but it was also a huge honor and blessing to be selected to the national team,” Tanner Dieterich said. “It was an offer that was almost impossible to turn down. … It was a bittersweet thing, you know.”
His team is training for the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship in Honduras, where four teams will advance to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
If the U.S. fails to qualify, Tanner, a defender, will either return to Father Ryan for his senior season or join MLS club Real Salt Lake’s Arizona-based Academy – Real Salt Lake-Arizona – before enrolling at Clemson in the fall of 2016.
“You never know,” Robin Dieterich said. “If he plays well and somebody sees him, one of these MLS teams might offer him something, but to pass up an education to play in a second-division or third-division league, we would have to really think about that. There is a possibility, though.”
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