This month we are spotlighting one of recent alums who has quickly become a rising star in the professional ranks.
Less than two years ago Lamar and his brother, Garrett McLaughlin, lead the Heritage Hall Chargers to a 66-2 record with three state championships over a four year span. After graduating from Heritage Hall, Lamar went on to play for the University of California in Santa Barbara. UCSB soccer is known for record breaking attendances and sending players onto the next level. And that is exactly what Batista did.
After one semester at the University of Santa Barbara, Lamar signed a contract with the Portland Timbers’ USL team, Timbers2. He quickly earned playing time with the USL squad and was named one of the top twenty players under twenty in the United States. In his first season with the USL Lamar had the opportunity to play in Oklahoma City as a professional soccer player just twelve months of winning an Oklahoma HS state championship.
Soon after the Lamar’s trip back to Oklahoma City he was called up to the MLS in Portland. It was official, 19-year-old Lamar Batista was playing at the highest level of soccer in the United States.
What is Batista doing today? Well he just finished a tryout in Germany for FC Nuremberg of the Bundesliga. If you aren’t familiar with the Bundesliga, it is Germany’s professional league which is ranked the second highest league in Europe. It has the highest average attendance of any soccer league in the world (45,000 / game) and hosts many of the world’s top players. This includes 19-year-old US National Team star, Christian Pulisic, who many believe is the best teenage footballer in the world.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.