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!
I don’t mean to brag about my past work, but did I call it or did I call it? Stanford so far, has hit the ball completely out of the park, or for a lack of better terms, directly into the back of the net. More than several times. To be exact, 9 times in their first two games this season. Outscoring Marquette and Wisconsin 9-0 have catapulted the Cardinals into NCAA first place ranking. Again, I’m not trying to brag, but I pretty much called it from the start. But, for the people who are just now joining us in this college season, I’ll be breaking down Stanford’s recent success- but more importantly how they’re going to continue dominating the NCAA. Continue reading “Stanford’s Success Story”
Counting down the days until the new season, it’s no mystery who is going to prove itself as the Team to Beat this year. Sure, the women’s team of West Virginia will probably go far, and so will the men’s team of Clemson. However, there’s only one team that pops into my mind, that I know for a fact, the men’s and women’s team have a fantastic chance of moving into first place in the rankings. You probably already guessed it from the title- but surprise- it’s Stanford. Continue reading “The Powerhouse Known as Stanford University”
Ever wondered what being a D1 soccer player is like during pre-season? The sprints, the ice baths, the hydration & nutrition, the tactics – everything is vital at this time of year. YouTuber and Gardner Webb Assistant Coach Javi Bautista takes us inside the pre-season preparations for a D1 College Soccer Program.
Continue reading “Inside Pre-Season with Coach Javi”
Stanford Men’s Soccer are hoping for the same directness and attitude this upcoming season. There’s still a strong nucleus from last years Championship winning team and exciting recruits ready to come in and make an immediate impact. Continue reading “Stanford: Establishing a Legacy”
While Santa Clara hasn’t won the NCAA Championship since 2001, they’ve been pumping out incredible soccer stars that go on to have amazing professional careers- some even winning Gold Medals and becoming World Cup Champions. They might not be the best at winning trophies, but to be fair, no one gives out trophies for producing soccer players that go on to be superstars, for not only professional teams, but for National Teams as well.
Continue reading “Why Santa Clara is Secretly Successful”
Footy Magazine 4-4-2 USA recently ran an article to declare the ’25 Best Coaches in American Soccer’ . The college scene was well represented with many of the coaches having played or coached at the college level at some point in their careers: Including of course, the number 1 pick Bruce Arena who held the Head Coach’s job at the University of Virginia. Here are the 2 current college soccer coaches that made it into the list:
Jeremy Gunn – Stanford Men’s
Rank – 23
Continue reading “USA’s Best Soccer Coaches”
Debut post from Andie Deutschle.
If you consider yourself a Women’s Soccer fan, you’re probably familiar with the big names of Christen Press, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, and Mallory Pugh. While all four of these women are outstanding players, gaining a chance to represent their country on the USWNT, they all earned their spot on the national team through different routes. Some played for college, others bypassed it, and some players forged to go overseas to get experience- but they all ended up in the same place. So what’s the deal with college soccer? Is it helping or hurting female athletes? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as easy as a “yes” or a “no”.
Continue reading “College Soccer for Female Athletes: A Blessing and a Curse”
Happy Fourth of July to all of our readers. We were sent this video this morning and feel it perfectly sums up the college soccer experience in the land of the free!
Courtesy of Soccer Chance USA