|Club||Taso Triantafilidis||Oakbrook Soccer Club||Oakbrook||IL|
|High School||Miguel Garcia|
|Secondary Positions||D, CF|
As I think about his future in collegiate soccer I believe the best position for him is probably going to be on that outside back. I recruited a young man years ago for my college team that was very similar to him. I think if you can figure out how to make an impact on the offensive side with those runs you make, you can improve your chances of playing outside back. Every college coach is looking for an outside back that can defend, has good pace, and wants to go forward. The issue for him is that I didn’t see him try to go when he didn’t have the ball. I played outside back to start one of my professional seasons and my coach said I wasn’t going forward enough without the ball. I asked him how often I should look to go and he responded, “you should ask yourself the question, how often do I have to stay?” You have that same mentality so talk with your coach, your team, your CM’s and see how you can get that ball more on the change.
I think playing in the outside back position, in a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 could be a great spot for you. You read the game well, you have a good first touch, and you want to get involved offensively. Those are ideal characteristics to have in that role. So with that being said I think you should work on your speed and agility/strength and conditioning, your communication as you defend and go forward, and the finishing product that comes from you going forward. Every time you go forward you should be looking to get a cross off, combine and get into the box yourself, create a 2v1 out wide, etc.
As you move forward with the college process and begin interacting with coaches, you will begin to recognize what are the important components you want in your college experience. This will make it easier to narrow the search and find the best fit for you. I believe for you to excel at the college level, you need to find the right program that values your skills. Don’t forget that quality of education, geographic location, coaching staff philosophy and style of play are other important factors that should be considered when selecting a college soccer program.
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