The old saying “game recognizes game,” is a perfect way to describe the soccer ability and pathway of Joseph Chalwin, a member of the Ballistic United MLS NEXT U-17 team.
Chalwin lives in Lafayette and had played his youth soccer locally. The Miramonte High junior saw the level Ballistic’s team in his age group was playing, and knew he wanted to be a part of the team.
“The Under-17’s are pretty strong,” Chalwin said. “I think the whole team can play D-I. I wanted the highest level of play I could find.”
Game recognized game.
Chalwin also had caught the eye of the University of California, Berkeley soccer staff.
“I knew one of the coaches and asked me to make a visit,” explained Chalwin as to how Cal came into focus. “The facilities are amazing – the mental stuff they have. The coaching staff was awesome, and I got to meet all the players. Plus, it’s one of the best schools you could attend.”
An offer. A commitment. Game recognizing game.
Jerry Losson, the BUSC MLS NEXT Director of Coaching was not surprised about Cal offering Chalwin.
“He is a Division I athlete and possibly a future professional player,” said Losson of the midfielder/backline player. “He has a very strong work ethic and excellent leadership abilities.”
Chalwin is comfortable with his strengths, and quick to point out where he needs to improve.
“My vision is definitely the strongest part of my game – passing is my strong suite,” said Chalwin. “My agility needs to be better – I know what I need to do.”
Which Losson knows he will do.
“He is a very coachable player and strives daily to get better, both at training and on his own,” said Losson.