A Trio of SPIRE FC Athletes Announce Division I Commitments


For most aspiring athletes, the dream of playing for a major Division I collegiate program is the ultimate achievement in their young careers. And for three SPIRE FC student athletes, they’re well on their way to the next level of play in their soccer careers.

St. Ignatius seniors Patrick McLaughlin and Zsombor Onodi have committed to The Ohio State University, while Owen Sullivan signed on to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Their current high school varsity squad is ranked number one in the country. SPIRE FC and St. Ignatius Head Coach Mike McLaughlin has seen his Wildcat soccer program grow on and off the field. These three young men are no exception as they finish their high school playing days strong. 

All three players have had a winning formula on and off the field. Something Coach McLaughlin knows they will take with them into the next stage of their careers as he reflects on their talents. “Zsombor is one of the most dynamic players on the field every game he plays in. Between his work rate and his technical skill, he is one of the most dangerous players in the country attacking the goal. Patrick has the best feet of any goalie I’ve ever coached. He’s a great shot blocker, but his feet are set apart from the rest. He’s got a great touch and distributes the ball so well. Owen is one of the hardest working players on the field––always. He’s been asked to play many positions on the field and looks like the best player at them all.”

All three were also part of the SPIRE FC team that competed in the US Youth National Championships during the summer of 2022. SPIRE FC is a youth soccer organization dedicated to challenging and assisting young soccer players on a quest to reach their highest potential. This club allows stellar young athletes in northeast Ohio to play in world-class facilities and be coached by some of the best the game has ever known. The organized and competitive environment loves to help players like McLaughlin, Onodi and Sullivan elevate their game to where it is today: on the precipice of playing in the Big Ten and Ivy League arenas. 

“I’ve coached all three players since they were 8-9 years old,” McLaughlin shares. “They were always good, yet when they were younger, they would run across a couple of teams who reminded them there was still work to do. Now, they have developed into some of the best players in their positions in the country, competing at the highest levels for their high school and the SPIRE FC Club.” 

SPIRE Director of Soccer, Troy Bingham, is proud to see the years of preparation and development pay off for the club’s players. “At SPIRE, our focus is individual player development and preparing our players for college and professional levels. We are very proud of the long line of athletes that have progressed through our academy and clubs and look forward to these young men achieving great things at the next level.” 

For more information on SPIRE FC, visit https://www.spirefccleveland.com/ or head to https://www.spireinstitute.org/academy/academy-soccer/ to learn more about the SPIRE Soccer Academy.

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