In the realm of dreams, few aspirations burn as brightly as that of becoming a professional soccer player. It's a journey that transcends borders, cultures, and backgrounds, uniting the hearts of countless young talents across the globe. Yet, for those fortunate enough to have been raised on the sun-soaked fields and diverse communities of America, an unparalleled privilege awaits, a privilege that can shape the very fabric of their soccer ambitions.
Football has a funny way of presenting us with opportunities when we least expect them. We often find ourselves waiting for the perfect moment, the right time to pursue our professional dreams, to make a change, or to take that leap of faith.
The unfortunate reality for many young footballers in 2023 is being good enough is only a fraction of what it takes to sign a contract. The formula I followed to sign my first professional contract in 2020 was: Luck + preparation = seized opportunities
I firmly believe the majority of success in football can be boiled down to the experiences we undergo in our teenage years. If you're between the ages of 14-19 years old, you’re most likely living in the moment; naive to the impact your decisions will have on your future self.
The competition, physical demands, mental toughness, financial constraints, injuries or maybe the limited opportunities? For the majority of footballers, there is not a single constraint that will lead to your success or downfall in this game. It will most likely be the ladder.