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PRIDE Soccer Training – Episode 15 – Mia Hamm Part 2 

Hello welcome to the pride of Tulsa soccer training podcast this podcast is brought to you by pride. Soccer training we are told number one program for soccer player training and development. In this podcast soccer coach and trainer O’Neill bent who is the founder and CEO of pride soccer training is going to share wisdom and insight proven strategies player profiles and success tips for soccer players to use both on and off the pitch. We are pride of Tulsa soccer training and our mission is simple. We help soccer players systematically grow and progressively develop in both character and skill. Pride of Tulsa soccer training helps players achieve their personal personal soccer goals so that they can win both on the pitch and in everyday life. This is Episode 15. It is part two of a player profile on Mia Hamm. Hey O’Neal How are you doing. Doing well and you doing great. We’ve been talking in our previous podcast about Mia Hamm. She’s been really enjoyable to talk about. We were talking about her focus and her determination last time we met. Where did you want to pick up tonight.

Well I want to pick up that she was the fourth of six children. So she was she was born in a big family. And so I’m sure she had to fight you know all her life she had to fight. That’s right. So she was also born with clubfoot. And it’s you know so yeah. So they had to give her like special braces to put on her feet. So to me it’s amazing that you know she had overcome overcame clubfoot and became one of the world’s best soccer players ever. I love hearing people overcome obstacles and she did that in just one of the most fantastic ways Tulsa Soccer Training.

Well it really goes to show you that with determination strong work ethic you know good character and just the resilience of the human spirit because I didn’t know she was born with club foot and like yeah. What a great testament to just hard work diligence resilience because she’s one of the most lauded soccer players. You know her generation right.

Yeah. I can remember just when she was playing how all the girls I’d see them with you know their shirts. You know Mia Hamm on the back. I mean I was just like wow she is the person that a little girl wants to be that looks up to. I mean she was she is awesome Tulsa Soccer Training.

Yeah that’s true. I did not play soccer. I played other sports but I remember her and I admired her and looked up to her. She was a stellar athlete as far as I was concerned and she had that strong drive. She brought you know excellence to her craft. You could tell that she was just very focused and a hard worker. And so yeah I had respect for her and I didn’t play soccer but I was like Mia Hamm is like she’s she’s the cat’s pajamas you know.

I mean everything about her she excelled as a football player on a boys team when she was a kid.

And this is football soccer or football Americans. American football. I didn’t know that. Yeah. Because you know some places in the world they call soccer football. That’s right. Stateside football is like you know pigskin like American football. That’s right she played football and football. She played both. You got to go. I didn’t know that she played on the voice thing.

That’s right. That’s right. And to give you some of her highlights too in 1987 at the age of 15 she played in the U.S. Olympic festival. So it’s just amazing that a 15 year old girl could be playing with grown women and holding her own.

I have a question about that because I’ve seen not very often but occasionally where someone will be like you know 15 and they’re playing with adults what is what is that like how does that happen. What does that say about that person’s ability just to elaborate on that for a minute because that does sound on I hear that ran away like you’re 15 but you’re playing with the adults.

Yeah.  Tulsa Soccer Training  Really it’s a phenomenal situation is definitely not the norm but it requires a nurturing environment and that player has to be technically tactically and physically gifted and able to play with grown people. So yeah they might be going up against someone with 15 more years of soccer experience than them at that point even more and they’re going to have to be able to understand how to work with the players on the team and hold their own and see the game fast enough because physically yes they’re fast enough but mentally they have a lot to learn and a lot of the game is played in the mental part. So if you’re not reading the game a few steps ahead you may not be able to handle it.

So if she’s invited to that and she’s 15. She has the ability to play at that level. She’s mature enough to play that level. Is it a hit or miss.

You know it it’s all as both of those things and more. So she has the mental maturity to be able to handle herself on the field in a positive way and not lose your temper and go you know doing crazy things but also be able to see the game fast enough to play up to speed with adults physically able to take a knock from someone bigger than them and not get hurt. Also being able to trap the ball correctly and quickly pass the ball accurately shoot with enough power and of skill to get the ball in the back of the net so there’s so many parts to it that you must have in order to do that at that age.

So if you’re doing that you you’re bringing your A-game consistently and then you’re just invited to the next level. Pretty much yes. OK. Yes. Well what else do you have it out Mia Hamm in our series on her profile. This is part two. What else have you got for us Tulsa Soccer Training.

She was voted third fifth female player of the century behind son when. And also her compatriot Michelle AKHURST all so she is a big time player. And that that’s similar to the award that really American I got that we talked about earlier in the earlier part. So it’s a huge deal to get the feel a female player of the Century get third place in that. That’s wonderful. She’s also the only woman to be inducted into the FIFA Hall of Fame. And one of only two women to be named on the field for 100 that’s the Pfieffer top 100 soccer players.

So I didn’t know there was a fee for Hall of Fame. Yes. That’s pretty cool. That is cool. We have to podcast about that. I know you did.

I didn’t know that well I know we always do a go quote and for Mia Hamm you said she’s so good that she gets or go quotes.

That’s right.

The first one here she says and I love this when she says I am a member of a team and I rely on the team I refer to it. I sacrifice for it because the team not the individual is the ultimate champion. How beautiful is that.

That’s beautiful. I haven’t seen anybody else say anything like that. But she said it all right there it sums it up.

Well and that’s that mental maturity that you were talking about too because you know as a superstar you can’t play defense and then get down on the field and then go score and be the goalie when someone’s trying to shoot on you so I love that even though she’s so talented. She understands like there is no I in team like she understands the importance of the unit.

It’s true. You know I train kids all the time and I coach them and I tell them especially the better ones. They think that they’ll have to run down the field and you know stop the golf or go in the back there and run forward to score a goal. And I’ve had to tell kids before hey let your teammates do their job you do yours. Trust them. You know they trust you to do yours. You got to trust them to do theirs and to see that you have to rely on your team you’re a great player but know that you rely on your team and that everything you do is for that team. That is a humility that I think every player needs to have and must have. And Mia Hamm embodied that. I love that about her.

OK these next two go Colts I’m going to kind of put them together because they both talk about a champion. And the second one. Her second go quote. She says the vision of a champion is someone who is bent over drenched in sweat at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking she says a champion is bent over drenched in sweat and at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking. And then the third one is also about a champion she says true champions aren’t always the ones that win but there are those with the most guts. What can you speak do about those two quotes. How she describes a champion bent bent over drenched in sweat. You’re exhausted but she also says that nobody else is looking. What do you think about that.

That’s the most important part of it when nobody else is looking is like where’s your heart or are you really about when no one else is looking are you training are you working hard. I remember training with a college one of my college buddies when I was at the University of Tulsa named Rob is the D-Mo..

Shout out to the golden boy.

Tulsa Soccer Training So he and I would train and he he. Not any of my coaches or anything at that level but he was the the one that helped me to improve my technical ability of striking a ball greater than anybody else could in my life. And I really appreciate him for that. But he was also a very hard working person and intense and I and he many times we train and we would be tired and sweating and bent over. You know after practicing exhausted Yeah exhausted after practicing for that much time and working that hard on strike soccer balls and doing drills. I mean I was like I had another level of work ethic that I did not know. And I thought I was really doing it. But he showed me no. There’s another level that you have to work at in order to be a national team player.

So Asa Well we are almost out of time. It’s always so great to learn from you and hear you share your wisdom and expertise. If you were listening and you are a soccer player or maybe your mom or dad and your child is a soccer player maybe they need to take their game and their ability to the next level at Pride of Tulsa soccer training. We can help you do that. And thank you for listening to Tulsa’s only soccer training podcast. Give us a call. Reach out to us today. We would love to customize a play and a success for you as a soccer player or your child as a soccer player that will help them achieve their goals at Pride of Tulsa’s soccer training. Our goal is to develop every soccer player so that they can be technically sound and a strong and creative force on the pitch. For more information please visit our Web site. Pride Tulsa dot com or you can give us a call today at 9 1 8 7 0 1 0 9 8 3. Thank you so much for joining us. Look us up online for more information. Tulsa dot com are call us 9 1 8 7 0 1 0 9 8 3. We will see you next time