ST. LOUIS – Incoming Saint Louis University men's soccer goalkeeper Patrick Schulte (St. Louis, Mo./Francis Howell) took part in a U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team camp last month in Carson, Calif.
Schulte was one of 20 players – and one of two keepers – called to the camp, which was directed by U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos. It was good exposure for Schulte, who is eligible for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.
"It was a truly unforgettable experience," Schulte said. "Being able to train with the U.S. Soccer crest on my chest is something I've always dreamed of. Walking into that locker room in California and seeing my name with the U.S. Soccer crest and American flag was a surreal feeling. The level of players and speed of play were incredible. I knew I had to raise the level of my game, and I felt good about my play."
Schulte has spent the last four years training in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Saint Louis FC. He is also a member of the Saint Louis FC first team this season.
"Being able to work with coaches like Tim Kelly (Director of Goalkeeping at SLSG and SLU's goalkeepers coach) in the academy played a major role in my development," Schulte said. "Also, training with the Saint Louis FC first team really helped me prepare for the level of play I saw in California. It was nice to train with them to get sharp."
Schulte signed an NLI in November 2018 to attend Saint Louis University and play soccer for the Billikens and head coach Kevin Kalish. Schulte begins his four years of eligibility this upcoming fall.
"Patrick is one of the best goalkeepers in the country in his age group," Kalish said. "His talent, strong personality, overall athletic ability and desire to win set him apart from his peers. Having the opportunity to represent your country is something truly special, and we are very proud of him. We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous job of the STLFC Academy and the many coaches who have played a big role in his development, including Tim Kelly and Skip Grossman."
In addition to his play on the pitch, Schulte had a strong season on the hardwood. He helped Francis Howell's basketball team to the state semifinals and was among the area leaders in assists and steals.