|Austin's Alfred Koroma Shams|
Shams fled his home country of Sierra Leone as a child along with his mother. He spent several semesters with the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Florida, and he has bounced around from various clubs and teams, whether domestically or most recently in Brazil.
Austin represents a bit of a homecoming location for Shams, whose legal guardians are from Fort Worth, Texas.
“It’s refreshing coming to Austin and sticking close to my family,” Shams said. “Since I was 11, I’ve been away playing soccer, playing at Residency as well, and you have to learn how to grow up real quick. It’s been hard, but a couple months ago I had the opportunity to come to Austin and it was time for a change.”
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