Jesters sign local 17-year-old goalkeeper Jourdan Schumacher

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 19

New Orleans Jesters sign local 17-year-old goalkeeper Jourdan Schumacher

New Orleans, LA.  The New Orleans Jesters have signed local goalkeeper Jourdan Schumacher for the upcoming NPSL season.  Schumacher, 6-3, has been a member of the Jesters Academy program since he was six years old and is the first local player to earn a NPSL contract after spending his entire youth career within the Jesters Academy.

The goalkeeper is an important signing for the club according to New Orleans Jesters Head Coach Kenny Farrell.  

“Signing academy players to the NPSL provides a model system similar to what is done around the world and it illustrates our commitment to local talent,” Farrell said. “Local players need an end goal – they need something to aspire to – and the very real, tangible opportunity to sign with the NPSL gives them the motivation to keep playing, keep training, and to step it up to the next level.  New Orleans Jesters Youth Academy provides the opportunity for a player to progress through our recreational program, move onto the academy, and successfully join the NPSL team.”

The New Orleans Jesters feature an NPSL team with a supporting academy program that has been in existence for seven years and now has almost 300 youth players. Joining the NPSL team is also a special moment for Schumacher, who aspires to play Division I college soccer and eventually professionally in Major League Soccer or Europe.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” Schumacher said. “I’ve been telling myself ‘I will get on this team’ for six years and it’s finally happening.  It’s my way of thanking my coaches, teammates, and everyone who has pushed me to my limits in every aspect of life.”

Schumacher will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of current MLS standouts Patrick Mullins and Andrew Tarbell, both of whom played for the New Orleans Jesters NPSL team before signing with Major League Soccer. 

“I can see Jourdan following a similar path as Andrew Tarbell, who started on a developmental squad and went on to take the number one spot by the time he was just 18 years old,” Farrell said. “Andrew went on to play in the NCAA National Championship game for Clemson University and was a first-round Major League Soccer draft pick for the San Jose Earthquakes. For Jourdan, the ball is in his court.  He has earned the opportunity.”

The Jesters will compete in the NPSL Gulf Coast Conference starting with an away match vs Port City FC on Saturday, May 9.  The first home match is set for Saturday, May 16th vs AFC Mobile at Pan American Stadium, City Park.

NPSL’s summer season, which runs from May to August, will culminate in a playoff between the two highest-ranked teams in the conference. The conference champion will progress to a regional playoff, and, if successful, a national championship match. At the end of each season, the NPSL places its conference champions and other top-ranked teams into the US Open Cup based on spots allocated to them by U.S. Soccer.

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