SANTO DOMINGO, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA. November 10th: Jeremy de Leon #11 of Puerto Rico celebrates after scoring his sides goal during the match between Puerto Rico vs Bermuda as part of the Under-20 Men's Qualifying, held at the Olimpico Felix Sanchez stadium, in Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana.

IDA Player Spotlight: Jeremy De Leon

November 24, 2021

Roll The Tape

IDA Striker Jeremy de Leon Nets Two Goals in CMU20 Qualifier

International Development Academy (IDA) student-athlete Jeremy de Leon led Puerto Rico to a dominating win over Bermuda at the 2022 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship Qualifier. The 17 year old forward opened up the scoring in the fifth minute of the game, followed by a dagger in the sixty-second minute to officially shut the door. Jeremy’s brace aided Puerto Rico in a six-nil win over Bermuda, giving them another crucial 3-points and putting them at the top of Group C.

“My experience with the National Team was incredible,” said Jeremy, still buzzing with excitement from the team’s statement win. “It’s an honor to wear my country’s colors and the badge of Puerto Rico. I’m extremely proud of the qualification and I look forward to making history again.” 

“We’re thrilled with Jeremy’s performance against Bermuda,” said Patrick Robertson, IDA Director of Recruitment. “He chose to come to IDA because it gave him the opportunity to pursue a professional football pathway. In just over a year of training with us, he was able to capture the attention of Puerto Rico, as well as Atletico Madrid and Villarreal.”

Student-athletes at IDA have access to top notch training technology, including an app called 360 Player which allows them to analyze game tape and training footage. With the help of this technology, IDA staff was able to share Jeremy’s film directly with recruiters from the Puerto Rico National Team. Jeremy’s film spoke for itself, and IDA’s renowned reputation for developing football talent was the icing on the cake.

Film played a major role in recruitment as well as developmental purposes for Jeremy. “IDA helped me prepare for the National Team by allowing me to analyze my games,” stated Jeremy. “It was super helpful to see what I was doing wrong and how to fix my mistakes. Watching tape lets you see where the open spaces are, where you should be trying to move or pass.” 

One on one film sessions with coaches allow for personalized feedback and tailor-made instruction from some of the best soccer minds in the business. In addition to focusing on football IQ, the coaches make it a point to instill life lessons in their student-athletes. “The care you get from the coaches is amazing, said Jeremy. “They help you on and off the pitch, and they really focus on helping you develop as a person. Training at IDA has really helped me level up.”

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