Former Student Realizes Professional Sports Dream

Former PBCSD Student Realizes Professional Sports Dream, Kicks Off Major League Soccer Career
Posted on 01/26/2021
François Dulysse

François Dulysse, a former student in the School District of Palm Beach County, was drafted by the New England Revolution as the 51st overall pick in the second round of the 2021 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft.

“It’s still a bit surreal. I have worked for this my entire life and I am grateful to be given this opportunity,” Dulysse said. “Being able to play the game that I love professionally is a blessing.”

Dulysse attended Tradewinds Middle School in Greenacres where he helped the school’s soccer team win the South Division Championship three years in a row, in his sixth, seventh, and eighth grade years.

“I have always been proud of François,” said Antoine Marcelus, Dulysse’s soccer coach at Tradewinds Middle. “He’s a hard worker and team player, I could see in him the recipe for a great career in soccer.”

Dulysse went on to Santaluces Community High School in Lantana before transferring to Portland Timbers Academy in Oregon for his senior year. The Academy provides elite youth players advanced training and competitive opportunities. In 2019, Dulysse took his talents to Manhattan College, and immediately made an impact on the Division I team, starting and appearing in all 15 matches during his junior year.

The American-born Dulysse also holds Haitian citizenship, making him eligible to play for the Haiti national team. He was a member of the Haitian U-20 roster that competed in the World Cup Qualifiers in 2018, appearing in three games as a starter. He also earned a spot on the Haitian U-23 National Team for their 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. Additionally, Dulysse was named to the 2020 Senior Squad for the World Cup Qualifiers, although the 2020 tournament was postponed until this year.

“I am happy to see my son realizing his dream in the United States playing Major League Soccer, and I also enjoy seeing him wearing the colors of my native country Haiti in international tournaments,” said André Dulysse who works as a Computer Technician in the School District, and is also his son’s personal coach. 

Dulysse has impressed soccer commentators, proving he has the talent to excel in MLS and other top leagues internationally, thanks to his composure and athleticism, as well as his tackling and passing skills that make him a strong defender.

“The most rewarding part is putting a smile on my family’s faces,” Dulysse said. “This is something my family has talked about for as long as I can remember, and now my dreams are becoming a reality.”

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