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Sami NedjarSTAFF 4 QUESTIONS - SAMI NEDJAR

1) What do you enjoy most about coaching soccer? 

I enjoy seeing the individual improvement players make and observing teams achieving their goals.  It is also fun to watch players grow up, make their varsity sport teams (both soccer and other sports), graduate from high school, become college students (some go on to play in college and beyond, some just go to good schools, either way, it is fun to see), and to then to see them be positive members of society!


2) What is your favorite professional soccer team and what do you like most about it? 

Manchester United.  I like the history the Club has, the long list of players that have played for the Club (some favorites include: "Sammy" McIlroy, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Irwin, Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs (my favorite) and watching them play week in, week out.  Win, lose or draw, they are my team!


3) What suggestion would you make to our San Diego United players?

I would tell our players four things: 

First, if you really want to improve as a player, touch the ball more than just twice a week.  You can juggle, you can pass or chip with a friend, you can shoot on goal, you can play 1v1 or 3v3 with friends.  How much are you willing to do to get better at this wonderful game we love?

Second, watch at least 2 games a month.  There are pro games on TV all the time, there are college games in town every weekend from August til November, there are high school games from November til February.  Get out there and see the games live.  Hear what the coaches say, listen to the players, and write down some areas of the game that you will strive to improve upon!

Third, pick some reasonable goals for this season and see if you can work really hard to attain them.  Select juggling targets (example, trying to juggle 100 times in a row with just the feet), pick an area of your game to improve (example, using my opposite foot more), select a number of games you are going to observe (example, I want to attend 5 games at a higher level to attend this year) .  Really think about it and write them down!

Fourth, talk to your coaches and ask them questions.  Maybe they can help you attain your goals, maybe they can suggest some goals for you, maybe they can give you soccer homework.  They are there to help you!

I hope you can get a lot out of your experience at San Diego United!

4) Just for fun, what is your favorite type of food?

I love most food.  Some favorites (NOT EATEN AT THE SAME MEAL!):  lasagna, sushi, pizza, fried chicken, shrimp and vegetable tempura, macaroni salad, hot pastrami sandwiches, burgers from Brody’s...

Gotta like desserts too!  Menchies, home-made brownies, Yogurt Mill, rocky road candy bars...

That question was just mean, now I am hungry and cannot decide what I should eat for lunch!

 

Some background on Sami B. Nedjar:

 

COACHING LICENSES

  • USSF A
  • USSF National Youth License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

EDUCATION

  • University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science
  • Oceanside High School, Diploma

COACHING AWARDS

  • Granite Hills Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
  • High School Coaching Legend, CIFSDS and SD Hall of Champions (2006)
  • High School Coach of the Year (2004)
  • Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year (2001 and 2002)
  • National Youth Girl’s Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2000)
  • Coach of the Year, Cal South (2000)

For more information, go to his soccer resume in the coaching staff section of the web site.

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