Men's Soccer in the News - Preseason Edition
Feb. 27, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Several former Demon Deacons are set to begin their MLS careers or set out with new squads during the 2014 season including 2013 contributors Jared Watts, Sean Okoli and Jalen Robinson, generating media coverage around the league.
"You can maybe read the game a little bit more," said Watts. "The game almost slows down a little bit. Not to say that it's slow at all, but it's just a different angle, a different view, and everyone is in front of you. You get a different view of the game, how to read the game."
"I am honored to be playing in the MLS for the Colorado Rapids. I have worked hard to get to this point, but I know this is just the beginning. Every day I am motivated to prove myself to my teammates and coaches in Colorado. That's why I picked number 33, to be reminded every day that I was picked 33rd in the draft and to prove everyone wrong that skipped over me. The Rapids are an organization that demands greatness just like the Wake Forest soccer program did."
After signing a homegrown deal with the Seattle Sounders in early January, Okoli has made an almost instant impact for his hometown squad. Playing in the Carolina Challenge Cup, Okoli netted a goal in the 57th minute against College of Charleston en route to a 5-0 Sounders victory.
"He's starting to make progress and advance himself as a player. I think the main thing is to push hard every day and that consistency is something that he's starting to catch," Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid said. "He's got to continue to do what he's doing and work hard every day and if you do that, opportunities open up."
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"I talked to Coach Vidovich at the beginning of the season because over the summer I trained with D.C.," Robinson said. "I was like `I think I'm ready to make this jump,' and I talked to some of the other guys on the team and they agreed, they helped me along the way. I worked this hard to get to this point and I can take this leap, I'm confident enough in my abilities and coach agreed."
"This is a great challenge, especially at this stage of my career and coming to a club like this. Having an opportunity to come to the Galaxy, and the urgency even for practices... you kind of get that nervous feeling and you want to do well, especially for games," Riley said.
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