PSC player and Tulsa Roughnecks fan favorite Brady Ballew is now in his third year playing professionally. The former Seattle University product was snapped up at a PSC Las Vegas combine in 2014 by then, Tulsa Roughnecks, Head Coach, David Irving after a standout combine. David is now Director of Football with Tulsa Roughnecks and the team have had a bright start to the 2017 season.
Nicknamed Saint Brady, Ballew started off his first season in blistering form. He will always be held affectionately as it was Brady who scored Tulsa Roughnecks inaugural goal in the USL against local rivals Oklahoma City Energy on the opening day of the season. Brady’s form was so good in 2015 he was nominated for USL young player of the year and attracted interest from a number of clubs at a higher level. A difficult second season ensued for the Tulsa Roughnecks as they tried to establish themselves as a playoff club.
However the club are now into their third season and things are looking bright after a great start to the season. We caught up with the the Seattle native to see how he is settling into his third year at the club.
Hi Brady, Congratulations on the two assists at the weekend! How have you found the season so far?
It was a good weekend for the team and I was happy I was able to contribute. It being my first start of 2017, I wanted to make an impact and happy to be a part of the team’s success.
This is your 3rd season pro, how do you feel you are developing?
I think this past year I’ve had to develop the most mentally as opposed to physically or technically. I feel like I’m progressing well though.
You were spotted at a PSC Las Vegas combine, Why did you attend this combine?
I was looking for a way to get seen at the next level and came out to the Las Vegas event. The combine is a great platform for not only getting seen at the next level, but getting a contract as well.
How have PSC been helping you in your career so far?
PSC opened a door for me. Not every collegiate player gets a look at the next level and PSC was a great resource in finding a team and then putting pen to paper.
How is life in Tulsa and how does it differ to Seattle?
Tulsa runs at a much slower pace than Seattle, but I really do enjoy the lifestyle here. Warm weather, friendly people and a great little city that is very welcoming.
What are the major differences to being a college player and a full time professional in the USL?
Every player on the team has something about them. The coaches have brought them in for a reason and the players are willing to grind it out in practice everyday. I love the competitive nature and the standard at which we train. The USL is growing and it’s been great to be a part of it for the last 3 years.
What are your thoughts about Tulsa and why do you love playing there so much?
Tulsa is a diamond in the rough. It’s in the middle of the country but there are people from all over the world that choose to stay and live here. Our fan group, the Roustabouts, are a great asset to the Tulsa organization. The club is run in a very professional manner and they’re always looking to make strides in player and fan experience.
What are Tulsa Roughnecks and your ambitions for the season?
We want to make it to the playoffs, because at that point, anything can happen. This year, we have another great group in the locker room and plenty of talent on the field. Personally, I want to continue to contribute on a regular basis and do whatever it takes to help the team win games.
Thank you Brady and good luck this weekend against Sacramento and for the remainder of the season! We look forward to catching up with your progress when you head out to California this summer to play the Galaxy and Orange County.
If your looking to follow in Brady’s footsteps and get identified and recruited by PSC or professional clubs attending their combines this summer then please contact email@example.com
The Venues and dates for our upcoming pro combines are below with all the confirmed clubs attending so far. With over 250+ success stories during the last few years (all listed on the website) . We look forward to finding fresh talent this summer!
– New Jersey: June 9, 10 and 11
– Florida: June 13, 14 and 15
– California: June 20, 21 and 22
– Texas: June 25, 26 and 27.
Click here to register for an event.
Clubs and scouts attending our upcoming Pro Soccer Combines include:
– Jacksonville Armada (NASL)
– Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
– Jönköpings Södra IF (Sweden, Allsvenskan)
– Hibernians FC (Maltese Premier League Champions, 2017)
– Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USA, USL Pro)
– Karlsunds IF HFK (Sweden, Division 2)
– Bodens BK (Sweden, Division 2)
– FK Jūrnieks Riga (Latvia, Division 2)
– Patrick Walker (Scouting for all five tiers in Sweden)
– Declan Roche (Scouting for League of Ireland Premier Division and League of Ireland First Division)
– Aleksandrs Cekulajevs (Scouting for all levels in Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Estonia).