For Patrick Mullins and Tsubasa Endoh, the path to a professional soccer opportunity started at a Maryland Soccer camp.
Mullins, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, first caught the attention of head coach Sasho Cirovski at a Maryland Soccer camp as a
high school freshman. Currently a member of D.C. United, his path to Major League Soccer started during that summer. After he eventual made his way to College Park, where he enjoyed a glittering four-year career, scoring 47 goals, added 35 assists, winning two MAC Hermann Trophies in 2012 and 2013.
Endoh, who spent two seasons at Toronto FC, arrived in College Park for a Maryland Soccer camp, with the aim to eventually earn a spot at
the program. A native of Japan, Endoh had to go above and beyond in order to play college soccer, studying English prior to his freshman
year. His stint at a Maryland Soccer camp put him on the radar of the coaching staff, eventually opening the door to join the program in 2012.
Of course, Mullins and Endoh may be the exception rather than the rule when it comes to becoming a professional soccer player. But that door may have never been opened without their Maryland soccer careers, opportunities that might not have materialized without spending a summer in College Park.
And while those are two high end examples of players that stepped on campus and had a summer to remember, all of the programs at Maryland Soccer Camps have been designed to meet the needs of every single player, no matter the age or ability.
With the aim to instill young players with the skills, abilities and tendencies to reach their respective potential, Maryland Soccer Camps
have designed a curriculum that places an emphasis on a player’s relationship with the ball. Along with that, learning exercises and training games can improve a player’s technique, skills and tactical understanding of the game during his time in College Park.
Not every player that steps on the field will end up like Mullins or Endoh. But a stop of Maryland set their respective playing trajectory that looked vastly different once they made that decision.
Who wants to be next? Find out more about Maryland Soccer Camps for Boys in 2018.
This article is paid for by Maryland Soccer Camps.