How to Keep Your Soccer Career Through College
When I was growing up on the South Side of Chicago, soccer was not a favorite sport. To be honest I didnt really even know it existed. One day my mothers coworker mentioned to her about signing my brothers and I up for Soccer, telling her it was an awesome game for kids. She had no idea about soccer, my brothers and I grew up playing basketball and baseball, and no one we knew had any background in the sport.
Even though this was the case, my mom always made sure I was open to learning new things. She decided to research places where I could learn the game of soccer, and before you know it, I was playing AYSO. Soccer and I had an instant connection, and I was hooked. I went from not knowing what soccer was to countless hours practicing on my own, with my team, and in the backyard with my brothers.
As I got older, I began to believe that I was getting better, and I could potentially play Soccer at a higher level. I had no idea how I was going to continue to play. I loved playing Soccer, but I couldnt grasp how exactly you get to play soccer collegiately. Soccer was not as popular as it is today, so there werent guidelines or any help with getting recruited to play soccer at College.
Im 13 at this point, and pretty upset because I have convinced myself that I have no chance of playing soccer after high school. I loved the sport, but I thought, There is no reason to keep playing all the way up to my senior year of High School, when I know Ill never live out my dream to play collegiately.
I told my mom how I was thinking about giving soccer up, and she thought that was a wrong attitude to have especially about a game I loved so much. She could tell it was bothering me, so she decided we were going to do something about it. I remember her telling me,
Ross, I dont know what Im doing, but trust me when I say youre going to go on and play soccer at a very high level, cause I believe in you.
And its true, we had no idea what we were doing at the time, but we decided we had to do something. So we started gathering as many addresses of Division 1 Mens Head Coaches as possible and sent a letter to every single one. The first response I got was interesting; they told me,
At this time were not allowed to contact you because of NCAA rules.
I was once again down, because I was expecting a different answer. Im 13 so I cant see the big picture, but my mom knew we had done something right and said, Perfect, this is how we will stand out from the rest.
Over the next three years, I followed her lead, and we learned the entire college soccer recruiting process and developed our step-by-step blueprint to getting recruited.
The results were unbelievable!
I eventually received scholarship offers from over 30 Universities. I was in total shock that our system had worked as well as it did. Continuing on this path of hard work, I kept achieving things I didnt think were possible. In one year, I was an All-ACC Member, Won the ACC Championship & The NCAA Championship, was drafted to play Soccer in Major League Soccer, won the MLS Cup, and met the President of the United States twice!
I want to help kids get started on the right path who have dreams to play soccer at the collegiate level as I did. So to help do that I will give away the exact letter I sent to college soccer coaches when I was 13 years old. If you would like a FREE download of the letter I sent CLICK HERE and input your email so I can send it straight to your inbox right now.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I have accomplished. I am a firm believer of hard work paying off, and for me it has. Its crazy because I always look back, laugh, and wonder, how different my career would be if I never sent that one letter.
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