The culmination of your college career is ultimately making the MLS draft and signing your first professional contract. When all the blood, sweat, tears, years of doubt and despair is transformed into the realization that you have made it. You have arrived at your destination. You have achieved what others will spend their entire life dreaming about. You can forget about all the what ifs, second guessing yourself, and back up plans, as you’re a professional footballer now, and you have made it to the top.
But happens if you don’t? What happens if you don’t get drafted? What happens if you don’t get signed? What happens to the thousands of young college athletes across the country who will go unnoticed, unrecognized and virtually forgotten about every single year? Do they forget about the dream they once had? Do they accept they aren’t good enough? Complain about what should have been? Do they throw away their skill, talent, and potential all because of a little adversity?
You didn’t sign up for this sport because it was easy. You knew going into it that the road to becoming a professional footballer would require you to sacrifice your life. But you embraced the challenge without hesitation, fully knowing the monumental struggle which lay ahead of you.
You’re not going to quit now. You want to know why? Because you can make it. We all can make it. Erase the doubt. Erase the hesitation. Forget about what should have been, could have been or would have been. You’re not living in the past anymore. You’re not deterred by not getting drafted. You’re not disturbed by not getting signed. No matter the pain. No matter the struggle. No matter how much adversity we may go through in our life, we embrace it, and keep moving forward. We keep GRINDING!
Student athletes are stuck between two worlds. While the NCAA constantly affirms its commitment to its original roots, it is simultaneously brokering deals to make millions from TV networks. Too many college athletes put their heart and soul into their sport, and too few have the rewards to show for it. Watch the latest Vlog to see my top 5 reasons why college athletes should get paid!
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The NCAA College Cup Championship is coming to a close, with the semifinals being played later this week, where Stanford will take on South Carolina and Duke will take on UCLA. Since this tournament has been filled with exciting moments, jaw dropping goals, and heartbreaking upsets, I don’t see the semifinals and final being any different. Each team has shown why they could take home this trophy, so let’s look at how each team could potentially go back to their colleges as champions.
Continue reading “Breaking Down the Bracket”
It’s no surprise this year that Stanford University took home some major silverware- the only thing surprising is just how many awards they took home. The Cardinals earned 5 individual awards- the same amount of goals they scored against Wisconsin (sorry Rose Lavelle fans). They collected those awards along with 11 of their players selected to the All Pac-12 teams. Catarina Macario, Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson, Catarina Macario again, and Paul Ratcliffe all won Forward or the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defender of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year respectively. So let’s dive in and take a closer look at the performances behind the awards. Continue reading “Stanford Sweeps Awards”
“It’s the sport that we love so much, it’s my livelihood, it’s my passion. World Cups in my opinion are meant to have the Americans in it. The reality of it still hasn’t hit. It’s disheartening. The steps that we’ve taken in fan base and media coverage and individual players is at an all-time high. To now go into the summer without a team in the World Cup, I don’t know if it stalls that, but it doesn’t help it.”
Continue reading “College Soccer Coaches react to USMNT World Cup Failure”
Alessia Russo scored in her fifth consecutive match, Bridgette Andrzejewski got a brace, and Jessie Scarpa found the back of the net in her return to the pitch in North Carolina’s 4-1 victory at Boston College on October 14, 2017.
If you’ve been on social media in the last two days, I would bet that you’ve seen more than one article giving the rundown about the United States Men’s National Team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer. All that the USMNT had to do was tie Trinidad and Tobago (along with getting some help from Mexico and Costa Rica) to punch their ticket to the 2018 World Cup. However, the Stars and Stripes failed to beat the 99th ranked team in the world and was eliminated with Honduras beating Mexico 3-2 and Panama pulling an upset against Costa Rica winning 2-1. Continue reading “Red White and Lose”