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One-on-One with U-17 MNT Midfielder Logan Panchot


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.”

ussoccer.com: 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.”


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