MIAMI, Florida — Jamaican Jason Isaacs was one of three youngsters selected by the Chelsea FC coaches from the first Digicel Kick-Start Clinic held in Miami on Friday.
Over 30 players from the Caribbean and Central American region turned up at the Florida International University (FIU) in South Florida to strut their stuff.
Graeme Le Saux (left), and the Chelsea coaching staff pose with Digicel Kick-Start Clinic winners (front, from left), Jesus Lares, Zachery Atkinson and Jason Isaacs. (the last two players are currently coached by CSUFC's Technical Director, Lenny Taylor).
At the end of their drills conducted by the touring Chelsea coaching staff led by coach Graeme Le Saux, 15-year-old Isaacs, 14-year-old Zachary Atkinson (USA), and 14-year-old goalkeeper Jesus Lares of Mexico were selected.
These players are now eligible for the Digicel Kick-Start Academy set for Barbados in October this year. They will then be joined by players selected from the other islands where the Chelsea coaches will again impart their knowledge.
Isaacs, (who currently plays for Coral Springs United FC), was born in the USA to Jamaican parents, kicks well with both feet and looks a really good prospect. The talented player, who was recently a part of the USA provisional youth team, was ecstatic with his selection.
"I am trying not to smile so hard. I am grateful that they came to South Florida... I am just really happy," he told the Jamaica Observer.
The youngster who attends Plantation High, is a big fan of Dedier Drodga, Chelsea, Barcelona and Ronaldhino. He said he plans to one day become a professional footballer.
"You have some players who said they want to be a soccer player or an engineer. I never change before I even kicked a ball," said Isaacs.
Young Isaacs said he was born while his parents were watching a Brazil versus Argentina game — a point acknowledged by his parents with a shake of their heads, while smiling.
"I was on delay because they had to watch it," he said.
The group of youngsters got a surprise when Chelsea players Michael Essien and Yossi Benayoun joined the training session while they were going through their drills.
The Digicel Clinic will move to Panama where England and Liverpool legend John Barnes will resume as head coach of the clinic.
They will then travel to Haiti, Suriname, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica. The top four most talented footballers from each country will be chosen to travel to the Digicel Academy in Barbados in October.