The players are disciplined under the direction of their coaches, focusing on each piece of feedback, each play, each drill. In one drill, they lined up behind two rows of colorful cones taking turns defending against a teammate, focusing on moving their feet as fast as possible as they tried to control the direction of the offensive player.
“The message we give to the players is trust the process, prepare, do all that you can to be ready for each game,” Chamides says.
Antonio Rosas, a returning senior defender, said the program is meaningful not only to players, but to the community in which he was raised. As a kid, he and his friends often kicked around a soccer ball in the local park in Monrovia. Now those friends and his family come cheer him on in the stands. They’re proud. “It’s that feeling that one of us made it somewhere,” Rosas says.