Lexington Soccer Product Jeremy Rotter Gets Professional Tryouts
DANVILLE, KY-Jeremy Rotter, a Lexington Henry Clay product who led Centre College's men's soccer team to its first-ever post-season tournament bid in 1997, has been invited to try out for Major League Soccer's Dallas Burn.
Rotter, who has spent most of the time since his 1998 graduation from Centre working out under the guidance of Colonels' assistant Jeb Burch, has also be asked to display his skills for three "A" League professional teams: Cincinnati, Charleston (S.C.), and Nashville. The "A" League is one step below MLS.
Rotter led the Colonels to a top 25 national ranking and Centre was rated as high a third in the South Central Region in 1997. Coach Brian Chafin's Colonels also made the NCAA playoffs following the 1998 season, advancing to the second round before losing to top-ranked Wheaton.
Rotter scored a school single-season record 39 points as a senior on 14 goals and 11 assists. The son of John Rotter and Nina Rotter, both of Lexington, Rotter currently holds the Centre career assist record with 37 and his 117 points over four years (40 goals, 37 assists) established another mark.
"Depending on how his tryout goes, Dallas has indicated they are considering taking Jeremy to Mexico for their preseason training sessions," Burch said. "He can play on that level. He needs to learn about professionalism, but he has the combination of talent and intensity that it takes to be successful."
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