With the latest installment of "Where Are They Now" we caught up with Kyle Parker. Kyle played in the inaugural 2011 All-American Game and is currently heading into his Senior year at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. In his Junior year Kyle was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and Conference USA's Co-Offensive MVP while helping lead the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament.
Q: What was the best part of the High School All-American game?
A: It was a great experience to get to play with a lot of great players all in one game, and also getting to see UNCC in the College Cup that year. (The All-Americans have the opportunity to attend the NCAA College Cup each year)
Q: What is the biggest difference between High School and College Soccer?
A: The biggest difference is the speed of play and the size and athleticism of the players.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you wish you would have received before you left High School?
A: To learn to use the resources and people around you. You don't have to try to do everything on your own.
Q: What was the best thing that you did from a training stand point as a youth player that helped you develop?
A: "Creative player" with John Pietak set the groundwork for me with technical ballwork.
Q: What would you have done differently as a youth/younger player?
A: Played more. Just play as much as you can.
Q: What do you do to improve during the offseason?
A: I stay in great shape, and get out on the field and work on my weaknesses.
Q: What is your personally most memorable soccer moment?
A: My best memories are of playing high school soccer with my brother for two years.
Q: What do you most enjoy doing outside of soccer?
A: I enjoy just hanging out with friends and teammates.
Q: What are your goals for your upcoming fall season?
A: Our goal as a team is to win the National Championship.