Real Central NJ Soccer today announced the signing of Rutgers forward Jackson Temple for the 2022 USL League Two season, pending league and federation approval. In 2021, he started in 15 out of 16 games for the Knights, playing over 900 minutes. Temple scored six goals and dished two assists and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Last summer he appeared in four matches for the Ocean City Nor’Easters League Two squad.
“I’m excited for it,” said Temple about the upcoming season. “I think I bring something different to the field and I’m looking forward to helping the club.”
Temple started playing youth soccer at North Union United in central Pennsylvania before he was recruited to play for Continental F.C. A few years later, the Philadelphia Union Academy recruited him to be a part of their residency program. Temple graduated with current USMNT midfielder Brendan Aaronson and played on the same team as his brother Paxten Aarsonson.
“Jackson is a stud,” said head coach Brian Woods. “He makes the team better with his attitude and IQ. He’s a beast.”
USL League Two is a pre-professional soccer league that allows elite college talent to play at a highly competitive level in the NCAA off-season. League Two is known for giving players a stepping stone to the professional game.
“Playing professionally was always a childhood dream of mine,” said Temple. “I definitely am still holding on to those dreams. League Two is a great environment for me to take the next steps to going pro.”
Temple and RCNJ will open the 2022 USL League Two season at Philadelphia Lone Star on May 14th. The men will host the Ocean City Nor’Easters on May 21st for its home opener at Mercer County Community College.
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