OWTY has learned that ’99 Dallas Texans youth product Whalen Shinn will join Portuguesa Santista Academy.
Shinn is one of many talented Dallas soccer players being targeted by clubs from both South America and Europe.
Shinn was quickly identified by the Brazilian side in 2011 and offered a five week training session. City Futsal, a Dallas-area organization with ties to Brazilian clubs, was instrumental in making the connection between Shinn and Portuguesa Santista, commonly known as Briosa.
Shinn told the club website, “I intend to work hard to become one of the best players on the team,” despite being one of the younger players on the U15 squad.
One of the bigger hurdles facing many young Americans plying their trade abroad is the language barrier, though Shinn does not feel that will be a problem. “Although we do not speak the language very well, it has been very easy to mingle with everyone in the group.”
Be sure to follow OWTY for the latest on Shinn’s progress in Brazil.