Jaime Siaj ’17 chose Pfeiffer for two big reasons—to earn an undergraduate degree in the United States and play soccer.
Jaime, who grew up in Madrid, Spain, and developed his skills with the Real Madrid youth soccer program, knew that a professional career was within his reach. With Falcons soccer soaring, he arrived in Misenheimer as the team was rising in Conference Carolinas’ ranks—and was instrumental in the team’s 25-0 season in 2015 and clinching the NCAA Division II men’s soccer championship that year.
“It was an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said the psychology major who is an Honorable Mention All-American. “I learned that anything is possible if you really want it.”
This past winter, as Jaime’s final semester at Pfeiffer began, his dream of playing professional soccer became a reality when he was drafted in the third round of the Major Soccer League (MLS) SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. One of the first two Falcons drafted by the MLS in the team’s history, he has already started playing with the Rapids’ minor league affiliate, the Charlotte Independence.
“Playing in Charlotte feels like home; at the same time I look forward to visiting other states,” said Jaime. “I’m eager to see where my career takes me and to enjoying every day.”