Jack Clancy is not following the typical path after playing in the PDL. Over the last couple of years, most PDL players in Albuquerque will finish the season and go back to the college that they play for or go to work to earn a living whilst trying to earn a tryout for a professional soccer team. Jack is heading to Iceland to play professionally for UMF Tindastoll!
Clancy headed home the above goal last year which ended up being voted the PDL Goal of the Month throughout all of North America.
Jack Clancy was first discovered as a soccer player whilst playing in a prestigious, high level game played every year in Ireland. After growing up in the Dundalk FC youth program in Ireland, he was noticed by a coach who helps Irish players get to go play college in the United States. Jack sent the coach some video highlights of him playing and he was given two Division Two collegiate soccer offers.
He was given an offer by the University of Mary in North Dakota but the offer that he took was from Rocky Mountain College in Bozeman, MT. After completing his senior season at Rocky Mountain College, Clancy was recruited by Sol FC Head Coach Matt Gordon to come play in Albuquerque. Clancy came to the Duke City last season, along with his Rocky Mountain College teammate Ben Teasdale and fit right in to the Albuquerque lifestyle. After a great season with the Sol, Clancy liked it so much he decided to move to Albuquerque permanently…. Or so he thought!
He continued to talk to coaches around the world in the offseason, sending game highlights from the Sol hoping that a coach would take him on. He had a lot of interest from an Icelandic coach, Stefan Omarsson, and even received an offer to go play in Iceland before this season started. Being the honorable man that Jack is, he had already committed to play for the Sol and he fulfilled that commitment by playing this season.
After another great season with the Sol, playing 638 minutes, amassing 3 goals and an assist. Clancy is ready for the next level. “Playing with the Sol at the high level has been huge for my development.” Said Clancy. “The last two years playing under Matt Gordon, against teams like the the Colorado Rapids U23s, FC Tucson and OKC Energy has helped me develop on the pitch and market myself off the pitch with all of the game footage.”
As the Sol season ended, UMF Tindastoll, in Sauoarkrokur, Tindastoll Iceland, are in danger of being relegated from the Icelandic 2nd Division to the 3rd Division. In Iceland, and countries around the world, teams that finish towards the bottom of the standings get relegated down to the division below and the top teams from that division get promoted up. It presents a huge opportunity for the teams moving up but a large detriment to the relegated teams, often times costing them a lot of money.
The two British head coaches from the club were sacked (fired) last week and Stefan Omarsson is now in. As soon as he was appointed, one of his first calls was to Clancy to get him out to Iceland. The club has been in all three divisions of Icelandic soccer at different times but they want to do everything they can to stay up in the 2nd division.
Jack has signed a contract with his new club with a 2 month contract through the end of the season where he receives a salary and support with food and housing. When asked about how the adjustment will be, Jack is excited. “I’ve been training at high altitude here in Albuquerque for a long time now. This town is a coastal town, at sea level, so I’m hoping I can run all day!” The town where he will be playing is at the foot of mountain and right next to the Arctic Ocean. The highs are around 60 degrees farenheit in the summer and hopefully all 3,000 of the towns residents will be hailing Clancy’s name if he can help them stay up in the 2nd Division.
When asked about Jack Clancy, Coach Matt Gordon reflects, “Jack is a great guy both on and off the field. He came to work every day, showed his quality in front of goal. I wish him all the best on his pathway.”
Albuquerque is behind you Jack… Go Get Em!