SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School soccer player and 2016 graduate James Murphy has signed a three-year deal to play with British club Sheffield Wednesday FC, according to SoccerAmerica.com.
Murphy, 18, played soccer for SPFHS during his freshman and sophomore years before electing to play academy soccer for the Players Development Academy (PDA) team in his last two years of high school eligibility.
During his sophomore year in 2013-14, Murphy scored 22 goals and collected 18 assists on way to being named 1st team all-state, Top Player in Union County, and Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Murphy’s most memorable moment in his career with the Raiders was drilling a free kick in double overtime against Westfield to clinch the Union County Championship.
Although Murphy chose to play professionally, he had Division I offers from four of the top ten schools in the nation, including Rutgers, Duke and No.1 Wake Forest. Murphy also had a tryout in 2015 with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS). Last summer, the center-midfielder trained with West Brom of the English Premier League (EPL).
Murphy’s new squad, Sheffield Wednesday, is currently placed in the Championship League in England. This past season, the team came one game away from being promoted to the Barclays Premier League, the highest tier of English soccer, which include the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City.
Murphy currently plays for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National team along with Sheffield Wednesday.
Click here to view James Murphy's most memorable goal for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School: