- Written by Stephanie Cleaves Stephanie Cleaves
- Published: 19 January 2017 19 January 2017
Sean O’Hearn, is a local soccer standout who began loving the game at the early age of 4 years old. Now at 18 years of age, Sean is a senior at Hempfield H.S. who committed to Georgetown University, and recently gained experience with the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team.
The U19 USMNT Head Coach, Brad Friedel, called up Sean O’Hearn to the roster for domestic training camps which took place this past October and November. The U19 squad then faced Miami FC, a USL Premier Development team, on Nov 13th at Lockhart Stadium with a 5-0 victory. “It was such an amazing experience,” Sean says, “There is no better feeling than putting on that USA jersey for the first time. Flying out to California, then Florida, and playing with some of the best players in the country was truly surreal.”
Sean began playing soccer with Penn Legacy’s Futures Program (formerly known as “Academy”) under Gary Ross “Rossi,” Penn Legacy’s Technical Director of U4-10. Rossi remembers Sean’s fun loving attitude, and says, “Sean was like all the other kids at that time. He loved the game and even at such a young age he enjoyed coming to the field and playing. Really it was that simple. He has blossomed over the last few years, but as a child he was one of many children who just loved to come to the park, run around, have fun and play soccer.”
Sean reminisces about his childhood, and says, “My first soccer memory was when I was 5 or 6 years old and playing intramural soccer at Amos Herr park. My dad the previous week taught me how to celebrate a goal by putting my shirt over my head and doing an airplane as a joke. When I scored in my game that next weekend, I celebrated by doing that. (Sean laughs) My parents weren't that pleased with me for doing that.”
From U9-13, Sean played for Penn Legacy’s Travel Program. Penn Legacy’s DOC, Seamus Donnelly, says ”Sean was part of a fantastic group that played some phenomenal football here over a period of 4 or 5 years. He obviously had a ton of natural ability, but matched that with an inner drive to improve and excel, and he treated every training session and game with an absolute intensity that really propelled his development into a top, top player. Sean was also a great kid and teammate. We are all very, very proud of him and what he is accomplishing."
At U14, Sean, joined Pa Classic’s pre-academy program and was named to the Development Academy’s Under-17/18 East Conference Team for 2015-16. Steve Klein, Sean’s coach at PA Classics, describes him as a “very, very solid player who’s good with his feet and is a tenacious defender.”
Sean O’Hearn is one of the top 100 high school seniors in the country, and ranked as the 97th best prospect in the Class of 2017, according to College Soccer News’ recruiting experts. Sean said his ultimate goals are to have a successful collegiate career at Georgetown University, play in the MLS, and be part of the U.S. National Team. When asked what advice he’d give to young players just entering the world of club soccer, Sean replied, “If you really love the game, just work hard and good things will come. Soccer is my passion, and to me it’s always been easy to work hard, because I have always wanted to be the best that I can be.”