FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

Florida State’s national champion women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian was pretty certain that Kristin Grubka had what it took to play at the next level.

“She was always consistent,” said Krikorian, who led FSU to the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s title and the last four College Cups as well as seven College Cups in his first 10 years. 

“Sure [Grubka] had size, but she never took plays off.  She is a winner and she is selfless.  We could see that when we watched her and we knew she would help us win at Florida State.”

Based on his track record, it’s clear Coach Krikorian knows what to look for and he shared some of his tips for young soccer players who aspire to play at the next level.

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Interview with Wendy Louque, KC Courage

Interview with Wendy Louque, KC Courage

As noted in our feature post last week on playing in the WPSL, the WPSL provides a playing opportunity for elite women soccer players to play, develop and promote women's soccer at the highest amateur level in North America. If you are a high school player looking to transition to the college level, a college player wanting to enhance your game over the summer or a recent college grad wanting to keep your playing career going awhile longer, this is the place for you. There are more than 70 teams nationwide.

We had the opportunity to speak with Wendy Louque, the current Director of the KC Courage, the KC Courage Girls High School Soccer Alternative Team and Head Coach for the WPSL team.

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Claire Falknor Interview

Claire Falknor Interview

Amplified Soccer had the amazing opportunity to spend some time during pre-season with the Florida Gators Women's Soccer Team. During this time, we interviewed and met with players and coaches from the team. Interviews with head coach, Becky Burleigh, and defender, Claire Falknor, can be found in the September issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete. Here is an excerpt of the Claire Falknor interview. 

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Exclusive Interview with Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Exclusive Interview with Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year

For the July issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine, we had the opportunity to work with Brianna Pugh to get an exclusive interview with her sister, 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year and 2016 UCLA top recruit, Mallory Pugh. We got an inside look at her career to date, decision to go to college instead of play in Europe, the overall recruiting process and more. Below is a sample of that interview.

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Crystal Dunn: It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up

Crystal Dunn: It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up

At some point, everyone loses a big game, has a serious injury, gets cut from a squad or does not make the starting team. That’s okay! What isn’t okay, is not taking the risk to continue to pursue the dream. It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up!

The story of Crystal Dunn is an interesting one. It’s not interesting in the way that so many other athletes’ stories are; a story of conquering their lifelong dream of making it to the pros or stories of overcoming all odds to achieve an unthinkable athletic feat. Dunn’s story is interesting because it’s just the opposite, success and glory would come early and often for Dunn with little disappointment or adversity.

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