There may be no bigger challenge in Major League Soccer this spring than cracking the Real Salt Lake roster, but that’s exactly the challenge for University of Portland product Jarad vanSchaik. The good news is that the ex-midfielder – who RSL projects to be cover at fullback in the professional ranks – can seek some familiar company for tips on how to make the squad, as he will be hoping to join his former collegiate teammate Collen Warner, who the Utah side’s braintrust consulted before taking vanSchaik with the only pick it kept during January’s SuperDraft in Baltimore.
A four-year starter and two-time All-West Coast Conference First-Team selection during his days at the University of Portland … Concluded his career on The Bluff with 14 goals and 14 assists for 40 points in 77 games (70 starts) … Played his first three seasons in midfield alongside current RSL performer Collen Warner … 2010: Earned First-Team All-WCC Team honors after leading the Pilots with eight goals and 19 points in 16 games (all starts), while also registering three assists along the way … 2009: First-Team All-WCC member after being one of three Pilots to start all 23 matches, primarily at the attacking midfielder spot … Finished second in the WCC with eight assists, was fourth in points (20) and tied for seventh in goals (6) … Also had two game-winners and was second on the team with 49 shots … Scored two goals, had two assists and picked up the game-winner during 5-1 win over Gonzaga on 10/25 … Scored second game-winner of the season and added two assists in a 4-2 win on 11/12 v. Seattle … 2008: Appeared in 17 matches (14 starts) primarily at the holding midfielder spot … Helped control Portland’s defense en route to four shutouts during the season … Handed out first assist of season during a 4-0 shutout of Fairleigh Dickinson on 8/21 … Other assist came at Santa Clara on 11/02 … 2007: Voted to the WCC All-Freshman Team after appearing in all 21 matches (17 starts) … Was one of ten Pilots to hand out an assist, doing so from his defensive midfield spot … Assist came during a 3-0 shutout at Loyola Marymount on 11/11.
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Began playing for the Oregon Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 2003 … Won Oregon state club titles with the Southside Soccer Club (2000) and FC Portland (2002, 2006) … Advanced to Far West Regionals with FC Portland in 2007 … Was a three-year letter-winner for coach Eric McClellan at Tualatin H.S. … Named a First-Team All-State member as a senior in 2006 and earned First-Team All-Pac-6 Conference honors three times … Voted team MVP as a Senior … Helped lead the Timberwolves to three straight postseason berths and a league title in 2006.
Born on December 11, 1988 in Portland, Ore. … Parents are Roiann and Ted vanSchaik ... Majored in Operations Technology Management (business).