TELLURIDE – Young soccer players recently received a hearty dose of soccer instruction from a true soccer authority, when professional soccer goalie for the Real Colorado Foxes Roberto Perez took a quick break from the Premier Development League semi-pro soccer playoffs to share some insider tips and tricks with local soccer buffs.
Perez was in Telluride as a guest coach for the Telluride Academy’s Mountain Soccer program, and also spent one-on-one time training with two of Telluride’s up-and-coming young goalies, Telluride High School and Men’s U18 Club goalie Brendan Kelley and U14 Men’s Club and Telluride Middle School goalie Connor Overly.
Perez, a goalie for the United Soccer League’s Real Colorado Foxes, has played as the reserve goalie for the Major League Soccer professional team and MLS national champion Colorado Rapids. Perez also played professionally in Mexico.
After defeating the Kansas City Wizards 3-0 last weekend, Perez’ team earned a berth into the US Semi Pro playoffs, which begins this weekend.
But the big games ahead didn’t stop Perez from spending some quality time with local soccer players, says Justin Chandler, director of coaching at Telluride’s Youth Soccer Club.
“The workouts are very intense and extremely difficult, but the boys love it and Roberto is staying sharp, training with the boys, and says the boys are really doing great,” he says.
For THS’s Kelley, the instruction has provided an invaluable learning experience as he prepares for the coming high school soccer season.
“To be able to have this experience is a really great opportunity – getting to train with a professional and getting my skills back before the high school season starts,” Kelley said this week.
THS boys’ soccer ended its last soccer season with a 10-4-2 overall record, and made it to the first round of the 2011 State Soccer Tournament. Telluride High School’s boy’s fall soccer season ramps up in just a few weeks, with practices beginning on August 13.
Other training opportunities are available with Perez, his Colorado Foxes and Colorado Rapids teammates, and other professional, collegiate and international players and coaches; for more information, contact Justin Chandler at 970 729 1492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.