Jason James left for Europe Monday to realize his soccer dream.
The Richmond Youth Soccer Association product has signed with Inter Zapresic - a Croatian football club founded in 1929.
Two summers ago, James went on a scouting trip to play for Serie A Club Udinese. Having reached his 18th birthday earlier this month, he can now pursue his life long dream to play professional soccer.
Last season, he was the recipient of the Patrice Sarazan Award, given to the Most Valuable Metro Soccer player in Richmond, as a member of the U18 squad.
"Not only is Jason a tremendous player he is an excellent young man who is both humble and cares for the people around him," said his former coach John Gattens. "We wish Jason all the success that will be coming his way in the future."