BRADENTON, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2008) - Just a few weeks ago, Chance Myers was trying to decide whether to stay in school at UCLA, or pursue a professional soccer career. In a whirlwind two weeks, Myers has been called into camp with the Under-23 MNT twice, and in the middle of Olympic Qualifying preparations, traveled to the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He left for Baltimore not knowing what his future would be, and came back to training camp as the No. 1 draft pick.
“Leading up to draft day, I was excited, and nervous,” said Myers, who is in the midst of his second training camp with the U-23s. “It was great to have the support of my teammates back in Bradenton, most of the guys have been through a process like this, a couple of them were also No. 1 picks, and they really helped me every step of the way.”
Though he admits he’s never been to Kansas City, Myers was excited to hear that the Wizards were interested in him. His agent told him that becoming No. 1 was a possibility just minutes before hearing his name called.
“When Commissioner Garber stepped up to the microphone, the Kansas City coaches were giving me the thumbs up,” he laughed. “That’s really the first time I thought that it could be real.”
A star at UCLA, Myers was a First Team All-PAC 10 selection as a sophomore, also earning All-Academic honors with a 3.33 GPA. Before college, he was part of the Under-18 and Under-20 Men’s National Team games, including a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2007 Pan American Games.
“I don’t think it truly matters where you’re playing, or who you’re playing for,” said the former Bruin. “No matter where you are, you always have to show that you have what it takes if you want the chance to make it to the next level.”
Being with the National Teams, though, has enhanced his game.
“Being with the various National Teams really has helped me sharpen some parts of my game, especially the tactical and mental aspects. I’ve looked up to some of the players here in the past, and to have a chance to play with them has done nothing but help me.”
Less than two months after his 20th birthday, rest and relaxion are not part of Myers plans for the near future. After the current U-23 camp, he will stay in Bradenton to train with the Wizards, then head to Kansas City for the first time, where he will hope to officially make the team before a trip to Argentina.
For now, Myers is focused on the opportunity to prove himself with the Under-23s, and taking his fast-paced life one adventure at a time.