One-on-One with U-17 MNT Midfielder Logan Panchot
In Lakewood Ranch, Fla., with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the Nike international Friendlies, midfielder Logan Panchot spoke with ussoccer.com about playing for the Youth National Team, what he enjoys about the game and his singing passion.
Dec. 11, 2013
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ussoccer.com: How long have you been in the U.S. National Team system
Logan Panchot: “In the National Team system, I’ve been in since the first I.D. camp with 81 kids. It was the U-14 age group.”
ussoccer.com: What does it mean to you to be called up to play for the U.S. U-17 National Team?
LP: “It means a lot. It’s definitely a privilege and it’s a humbling experience being here, too.”
ussoccer.com: What is the biggest challenge you face playing at the National Team level?
LP: “Playing with all these guys that are just as good as you, they are all as fast as you – if not faster – and you have to pick up your game just to keep up.”
The USA plays Portugal, England and Brazil this week at the Nike international Friendlies. What excites you the most about playing against those teams
LP: “I think the most exciting part is that the atmosphere is going to be awesome. Everyone on the field is going to be world-class, and I think the challenges we’ll face are going to be good ones that I’m excited for.”
ussoccer.com: What are your thoughts on the draw the USA was handed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?
LP: “Man, it’s a tough draw! But, I think we can make it. We have to win the first game against Ghana, I think that will be key.”
ussoccer.com: What professional players do you look up to or model your game after?
LP: “In the American team, I like Michael Bradley because he keeps it so simple and always does something sensible with the ball. Foreign, there are a lot of players I like watching, but one that comes to mind because he’s so consistent and has been for so long is Frank Lampard.”
ussoccer.com: What do you enjoy most about playing the beautiful game?
LP: “Fun. That’s the one thing I enjoy the most. It’s just fun being with players who love the game just as much as you and enjoy every second of being on the field.”
ussoccer.com: Any talents or hobbies you have off the pitch?
LP: “Nothing much. I like singing a lot. I sing in the shower, everywhere and listen to music a ton. I like R&B, modern stuff, Usher, stuff like that.”