KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- When the then-Kansas City Wizards traded up to select Chance Myers with the overall number one pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, expectations were high for the right back taken after two seasons of college soccer at UCLA.
Unfortunately for Myers, a combination of injuries and illness meant his development as a player would just take a little longer. However, if you ask him, Myers doesn’t think of it as being a big deal.
“Every athlete faces adversity and while I did have some minor injuries at the beginning of my career, it was never an issue of overcoming major obstacles to getting where I am today,” Myers told CONCACAF.com. “I pride myself on trying to play every game and will always have that mentality.”
After all the work Myers has put in getting to where he is, you might think that the his call up for the United States’ training camp in January would be a reason for satisfaction, but you would be wrong.
“I don’t think in this manner and most soccer players will tell you that when their career is over, they will look back at certain team and individual achievements,” expressed Myers. “I set team and personal goals and being on the national team is certainly one of them. When I do attain a goal, I don’t sit back and soak it in and rest on my laurels; I continue to try and learn and improve.”
When asked what advice head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had for him, Myers compared him to Peter Vermes, his club manager.
“(Klinsmann) is a very positive coach and certainly, as does Peter Vermes and the Sporting KC coaching staff, offers advice,” commented the 26-year-old. “I have been playing soccer for over 20 years and I’m still always open to advice. Jurgen stressed leadership and communication back at the club level.”
Shortly after leaving the national team camp, Myers signed a new contract to remain with Sporting KC.
“Kansas City is certainly my home away from home and I love the city and organization,” the southern California native finished. “I am happy everything worked out and our goal is to win more championships.”
Sporting will host Cruz Azul in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series on Wednesday at Sporting Park.