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Men's Recruiting Feb 11, 2021

Barça Residency Academy goalkeeper signs National Letter of Intent

OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University men’s soccer head coach Greg Maas has announcing the signing of Jason Smith to a National Letter of Intent.

Smith is a 6-foot-2 goalkeeper from Fresno, California and is currently the starter for Barça Academy’s U19 MLS Next and UPSL Team. He’s attended the Barça Residency Academy in Arizona since 2019, which is partnered with FC Barcelona which is part of MLS Next League.

“Jason is a fantastic addition to our UVU men’s soccer family. He is not only a talented goalkeeper, but is an exceptional student and young man,” said Maas. “He is very athletic, a great shot stopper, comfortable in possession, and has a tremendous presence in the box. Coming from the Barça Academy – we have high expectations for him over the next four years.”

While a member of the U17 Barça Development Academy Team, Smith was the starting goalkeeper and recorded six clean sheets in 15 starts prior to the pandemic forcing the play to be put on hold.

Smith also played club and was captain for California Odyssey, as well as spending one season of high school soccer as a freshman in 2018, where he led his team to the Valley Playoffs and divisional semifinals.