GW Men's Soccer Alum Seth Rudolph to Play Professionally in Sweden
2013 Graduate Joins Andy Stadler ('10) with Sandvikens IF
July 18, 2013
SANDVIKEN, Sweden - Recent George Washington men's soccer graduate Seth Rudolph on Friday signed a professional contract with Sandvikens IF of the Swedish Football Association on Friday following a week of tryouts.
Rudolph will join former Colonials' teammate Andy Stadler ('10), who has played for Sandvikens for the last three seasons. It was Stadler who convinced the Sandvikens coaching staff to give Rudolph the audition.
After finishing up his last class to earn his bachelor's degree in exercise science earlier this summer, the Belleville, Ill., native trained with his former club team to stay fit while he waited for a professional opportunity.
"This is what I've always dreamed of doing since I was a kid," said Rudolph, who ranks seventh all-time at GW with 29 career goals. "I am extremely thankful to Sandvikens IF for the opportunity, and I'm excited to play."
"Having talent is never enough to become a pro player," said second-year head coach Craig Jones. "This opportunity has been solely driven by Seth and his determination and persistence to chase his dream. I'm proud that Seth was determined to finish his degree despite it limiting his ability to try out for professional teams sooner, but it paid off as he now has this great opportunity to play in Sweden. We couldn't be more excited for him."
Sandvikens, which two years ago earned promotion to Division 1, is in the Swedish Football Association's third-tier professional league. Their season runs from April to October.
Rudolph said in addition to training, he has been able to enjoy the Swedish culture. "It's a beautiful country," he said. "I've enjoyed meeting the players and learning the culture. The team is almost all Swedish players, including a few from Sandviken itself. Stadler is the only other American on the team, but England and Sierra Leone are represented, as well."