Soccer pros break down the future for current Redhawks

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Soccer pros break down the future for current Redhawks

Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter (left) and FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman (right) addressed the boys' soccer team Monday afternoon as Redhawks assistant soccer coach Adam Cecil (sitting) and Redhawks head coach Fred Kaiser (standing) listen.   

“I think as long as we are in this community and in a position where we can try to be a resource for players,” FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman said. “And also to offer some skill sessions for them, give them things that we didn’t have when we were players.

Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter (left) and FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman (right) addressed the boys' soccer team Monday afternoon as Redhawks assistant soccer coach Adam Cecil (sitting) and Redhawks head coach Fred Kaiser (standing) listen. “I think as long as we are in this community and in a position where we can try to be a resource for players,” FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman said. “And also to offer some skill sessions for them, give them things that we didn’t have when we were players."

Kasey Harvey

Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter (left) and FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman (right) addressed the boys' soccer team Monday afternoon as Redhawks assistant soccer coach Adam Cecil (sitting) and Redhawks head coach Fred Kaiser (standing) listen. “I think as long as we are in this community and in a position where we can try to be a resource for players,” FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman said. “And also to offer some skill sessions for them, give them things that we didn’t have when we were players."

Kasey Harvey

Kasey Harvey

Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter (left) and FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman (right) addressed the boys' soccer team Monday afternoon as Redhawks assistant soccer coach Adam Cecil (sitting) and Redhawks head coach Fred Kaiser (standing) listen. “I think as long as we are in this community and in a position where we can try to be a resource for players,” FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman said. “And also to offer some skill sessions for them, give them things that we didn’t have when we were players."

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FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman and Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter walked through the process of college soccer with the boys soccer team in the lecture hall Monday during 4th period.  

Zimmerman and Ritter touched on everything from college recruitment to stories about playing professionally.

“I think as long as we are in this community and in a position where we can try to be a resource for players,” FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman said. “And also to offer some skill sessions for them, give them things that we didn’t have when we were players. By providing our training resource and the information we gave to them, it’s just a way of giving back. Really providing to them what we wish we could have had.”

Kasey Harvey
With all levels of the boys’ soccer team listening, FC Dallas player Walker Zimmerman and Dallas Sidekicks player Clint Ritter walked through the process of college soccer with the boys soccer team in the lecture hall Monday during 4th period.

The soccer team had the opportunity for a Q&A with the players, hearing about the extensive training Zimmerman and Ritter had to do in order to set themselves apart from the crowd.

“It’ll get them thinking,” head soccer coach Fred Kaiser said. “It also gives them a little dose of reality too if they aren’t putting in the work. It’s just kind of a dose of reality for some players who might not be putting in as much as they need to be in order to get to that level. It just shows them what it takes to get to some of the highest levels of soccer in the United States.”

Wanting to continue his soccer career, senior Barrett Wright already knew most of the information covered but valued the tips.

“College is a lot harder to get into than it seems,” senior Barrett Wright. “You got to really put yourself out there and work hard and communicate with the coaches as much as you can.”

The takeaway, however, varied between ages.

“I know for me since I’m just a freshman I was wondering how to just get started and talk to college coaches and get myself out there because I wasn’t aware of that before this and that really helped me understand how I can get started,” freshman Luke Enlow said. “It was a neat experience to be able to hear his story because that kind of makes it a realistic goal for me. Sometimes you think of it as just a dream but now you realize you can actually do it.”