This is the first in a series of posts of 20 Questions to some super-cool people I have met in the world of soccer. I have met a lot, but Nathan is top shelf! I was privileged to sit with Nathan for our National Youth License. In his career as a professional and college player (and now trainer), he was (and is) a Goalie. He is a fantastic guy, fun to be around, and, well, let me let him speak for himself…
I was born in a place in England called Burnley and grew up in and around the greater Manchester area.
Because my Mother didn’t think I was tough enough to play Rugby…good choice. I continued to play thereafter because of the enjoyment that I got out of playing and being around the game.
I became a full time keeper at the age of 10 after we played in a tourney and our GK didn’t turn up; they stuck me in between the sticks and I never looked back.
When I started playing I joined a team called Heyside, a local youth football team in my area. When I was 10 I was seen by scouts and signed for Oldham Athletics’ professional academy where I continued to play for a number of years. At 15 I signed a professional YTS contact with Bradford City, a professional team in the UK; I played there for 3/4 years before moving to the USA to attend a University and carry on my playing career.
Apart from being the best people around, a Mancunian is someone who is from Manchester.
Without a doubt! In the modern game the keeper does more work with the ball at their feet than they do with their hands. If we can encourage keepers to get a good mix of GK training and field work, then we can develop both areas together. Keepers are soccer players as well. (emphasis added)
I played Rugby all the way through high school but eventually put all other sports to the side to concentrate on a career in soccer.
Easy… U.N.I.T.E.D! United are the team for me!
Fingers crossed, he will. He’s a great addition to the team I just hope he and Rooney click.
I’m not a massive Spongebob fan but my roommate in college was a big one so I’ll go with Squidworm. (I think that’s his name) (Nice try Nate – when he gets a few little Nates he will be sure to get this answer right! He is talking about Squidward Tentacles).
Apart from the Houston traffic, I love it so far.
Yeah, I was recently married and as you know married life has it’s ups and downs but I couldn’t be happier right now. My wife’s name is Katie and she is from Kingwood, TX (she’s the real reason I now live in Houston but don’t let her know).
Hmmmm, good question. I haven’t got a clue! I just hope one comes soon.
HaHa, they have more chance of doing this than they do winning the Premier League.