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Coach - 4 Questions with...

KYLE HEWITT

Kyle Hewitt

1) What did you enjoy most about the World Cup this past summer in Brazil?

What I enjoyed the most about the World Cup was seeing the tactical evolution of soccer. Although formations are general starting points they still contribute to how your team plays. For years Spain has dominated with three midfielders playing central, a high pressing front three, and outside defenders who act like wingers, a 4-3-3. This year coaches figured out that a return to the 3-5-2 formation set players up to have numbers up all over the field. The most exciting  games to me were played by teams who played the 3-5-2. Wide players still flew forward, midfielders showcased their technical skill, and goals flew in.

 

2) What do you think about the new program where teams match up and have big/little brothers and big/little sisters?

I am extremely happy the program has began. It fosters a greater community or family feel within our club. My Gu14 team gets excited to practice with or watch their big sis play on the Gu18s. The first game we watched the Gu14s immediately realized how loud a game should sound! The new program is great to have within the club.

 

3) Do you think our players should watch soccer?

Watching soccer to me can be done as a fan or a student. It is important to do both. Watch as a fan when your invested in one of the teams. Shout at the TV and dance around the house when a goal is scored. Soccer needs to played with passion and being a fan of soccer will bring the passion out in a player. Watch as a student on all the other games. This is when you look at what players are doing and why. How professionals position themselves to be available to receive the ball at ALL times. How quickly a transition is done by the best teams. Watching as a student can teach a player how to go about the game with composure. Finally, watching videos of your own team playing is very important. Many youth players have never seen themselves run, let alone play a game. This will provide insight as to what is going on in between the white lines. Growth in soccer will come from becoming a fan, watching it, and trying what you see. 

 

4) Just for fun, what is your favorite local place to eat?

My favorite local place to eat is the Smoking Goat in North Park. It is a little French and American Bistro. I have yet to walk away from it unsatisfied. I am usually in a food coma! Hands down the best meals I have had since moving home from college have been from the Smoking Goat.

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