Long Beach’s Shannon Horgan is coming back to Long Island after completing her first professional season in Sweden and will host a girls youth soccer clinic.
Set for Sunday, November 11, at Long Beach High School, the clinic will focus on several aspects of the game. The include tactical dribbling, passing and accuracy drills along with agility and shooting. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Horgan told SleterFC.com that when she returns home she offers 1-on-1 sessions to area youth soccer players. But one parent suggested that she hold a clinic.
“It was an idea that I became very interested in right away,” she said. “A handful of people involved in the Long Beach soccer community helped me get the ball rolling. This is my first clinic and I’m excited to see how it goes.”
The clinic will feature Horgan and others familiar to the Long Beach soccer community. They include Emily Agudelo, who played for Hofstra University and the Colombian National Team; Jesse Shreck, a four-year starter at Boston University; Kaysi Ward, assistant coach, Long Beach High School varsity soccer, and Taylor Horgan (Shannon’s sister), who played college soccer at Mercy College.
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After graduating from Long Beach High School, Horgan attended Clemson University and was a fixture in the Tigers’ lineup. She was also active in the United States Soccer National Team Program having played at the U-19, U-20, and U-23 levels.
Now, the Long Beach native plays professionally in Sweden for Lidkopings FK. Horgan had a desire to start her pro career overseas to experience and learn a different playing style while also experiencing a new culture.
“Sweden was a top country I wanted to play in because the competition here is very high,” she said. “Many Americans come to play in the league over here and I have heard many good things. Once I had a few opportunities coming my way from Sweden, I knew I was going to head there.”
The transition to Sweden was a smooth one.
“Most everyone speaks English,” Horgan said. “There are two other Americans that I went through the transition with. The coaches, players and the community were very helpful and invited us with open arms.”
On the pitch, the former Clemson Tiger noted a difference in playing styles. Her Swedish side plays more direct and looks to push the ball forward faster through fewer passes. Also, practices are shorter in length but higher in intensity, which she prefers.
“There isn’t much standing around and we get after it when we are working,” Horgan said. “Physically, I’d say strength is something we focus more on in the U.S. which has been a huge advantage for me.”
She noted that her time with the U.S. National Team program was good preparation to playing in Europe.
Every country has a different focus on what is most important,” Horgan said. “I was lucky to play against many of other countries with Team U.S.A. so I was aware of that before arriving in Sweden. I was prepared to adjust my mindset and role on the field in any way to help the team.”
As for her future, Horgan remains under contract with LFK and cannot discuss what may be next. She noted that she is exploring her options for the next step in her professional career.