For the second month in a row, we have the privilege of introducing you to a player who stands out not only in our club, not only in our state, but in our 11-state region.
Sydney Morris, 02/03 Premier, has just been selected as part of the Region III ODP pool. That puts her among the top 40 players in states as far west as Texas and Oklahoma and as far south as Florida.
CFCA: When did you start playing soccer and what do you remember most about that first season?
Sydney: I started playing soccer when I was 7. My first season was scary at first because I joined a rec team in the middle of their season and I didn’t even know the rules of soccer.
CFCA: Tell us about your soccer career before CFC Academy and what led you to try out for select soccer?
Sydney: I played one year of rec at east ridge and then I was told about the opportunity to play in a more competitive environment. I started playing U9 at ERFC and then later merged into CFC.
CFCA: What’s your most embarrassing moment during practice or during a game?
Sydney: We were playing 30 minute halves but due to heat index the ref issued a water break every 15 minutes. I lost track of time and the ref blew the whistle and everyone started shaking hands. I said very loudly to me team “It looks like everyone thinks it’s the end of the game.” Then one of my teammates said, “because it is.” I thought there was still another 15 minutes left and it was just a water break again. My whole team laughed at me.
CFCA: Sometimes in soccer, things do not go as planned. Think back to a setback in your soccer career. What did you learn about yourself through that experience?
Sydney: I first tried out for ODP when I was 12. I didn’t make Team 1. My parents tried to convinced me that maybe they had mixed the teams up and the numbers 1 and 2 didn't mean anything. Even though I didn’t make the desired team, I tried again next year and made the first team. I learned even if your plan doesn’t go the way you want it to, try. try. again.
CFCA: What do you do outside of regular team training to improve your game?
Sydney: Outside of regular training, I go to Rio40 supplement trainings and do privates. I’m in season with my highschool team, therefore I have a chance to improve outside of club soccer.
CFCA: Who were your CFC Academy coaches along the way?
Sydney: My first coach ever was Carrie Roncin. She really encouraged me when I just began to play. Jeff Badger was my coach at ERFC from U9-U12. I never had a U13 season due to the age rule change. Then Laura Novikoff coached me for U14. I had Luidgi Beauzile for U15.
CFCA: How have the coaches at CFC Academy helped you?
Sydney: All the coaches I have had at CFC taught me to how to enjoy and love the game of soccer. They spent extra time to help me and have always done everything in their power to help me excel. They made me believe in myself and pushed me to be my very best.
CFCA: Have you ever had a season where you just didn’t like soccer that much anymore? If so, what helped you out of the slump?
Sydney: Over the summer, I went to multiple college ID camps and the college players kept on saying how hard it is to balance soccer and college life. I kept thinking, do I want to be under a lot of stress of trying to not get behind in class? Will I have a social life with friends? Will I be able to join a sorority? All these questions turned me off of playing soccer in college. I came out of that mindset when many coaches and former college players that I know told me how fun it is to play college soccer and how much it’s worth it.
CFCA: What are your proudest accomplishments so far in soccer?
Sydney: One of my proudest accomplishments is that I made the Region III pool this summer.
CFCA: When was your first tryout experience with Tennessee ODP and what was that like?
Sydney: My first experience was honestly not that good. Overall ODP wasn’t that organized and I didn’t make team 1. One of the greatest things about ODP is meeting some of the best players in the state and becoming friends with them.
CFCA: How did you get picked for the Region III ODP pool?
Sydney: I was chosen for Region III ODP by going to region camp 2 times and doing ODP 3 years in a row. They pulled people out they were interested in from multiple states for “mixed training.” I was only at camp for 2 nights but those 2 nights I was pulled with a few other Tennessee ODP girls. They narrow down their selection by the end of the camp and those are the final picks for Region III ODP.
CFCA: What are you goals for soccer in the next 2-3 years?
Sydney: My goals for soccer in the next couple of years are to win games with my highschool team to earn a state title. I would like to be successful with my CFC team and win a Division 1 championship.
CFCA: Is there anything else we did not ask that you think other CFCA players and parents should know?
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:
What do you like to do off the soccer field? Netflix, eat, and hang out with friends
Favorite subject in school? Math
Favorite food before practice? Chick fil a
Favorite pregame music? DJ Khaled
Favorite soccer player? Carli Lloyd
What is something about you most people do not know? I’m HORRIBLE with directions
If Nike asked you to make a soccer quote for their new ad campaign, what would it say? Just did it -KT (someone helped me)
US Soccer is divided into four regions; Tennessee is a member of Region III, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Texas. Each region offers a Region Trials for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group.
The camps are designed to provide a high level of competition and training for participating players. During Region Trials, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified and selected for Regional and National Pool participation. On average, 40-60 players are selected to the Regional Pool. The Region will pull players from this pool to participate in Inter-Regional events, International trips, and National Camps throughout the year. National Staff Coaches are also in attendance to evaluate players for National Pool potential.
There is exposure to collegiate coaches, as many utilize Region Trials as a recruiting tool. College coaches may be on their respected state staff, region staff, or just visiting camp to observe elite players.
Region III Trials are 5 days long, and takes place in July at University of Montevallo, AL (Girls).