A rare chance to speak with a young player going through one of the most important times of his career.
This podcast is brought to you by the 3four3 Coaching Education Program.
Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology.
His journey through the sports world started much like most young American boys. He played multiple sports, quickly settling in to just soccer.
But around the age of thirteen, things changed.
Kyle Gruno, now at Leicester City F.C. and part of their U18 Academy – having signed at age fifteen and a half – is an American player who has spent time at multiple MLS and other development academy programs.
He spoke about his experiences with a calm voice throughout our conversation. American born, but now speaks with an accent similar to that of Brad Friedel who spent many years playing in England.
Kyle began flying back and forth to Europe as a teenager, going on trial with numerous clubs. He ultimately ended up at Leicester City, who at that time was in the Football League Championship (2nd Division) in England.
Leicester City F.C. were on their way to promotion into the top flight though, and at the time of this publication, sit at the top of thePremier League table.
The youth academy was, and is, doing equally amazing things.
Kyle and I discussed what it is like to be part of the experience of having LCFC running wild in the Premier League. And honestly, he doesn’t seem to be phased by it. He knows that his job is to continue impressing his coaches with his work on and off of the field.
Kyle and I also discussed what it was like to play for Hugo Perez on the US Youth National Team and how Hugo changed his playing style.
You can follow Kyle Gruno and his journey by keeping up with him on Twitter.
Big thank you to Jack Gidney for joining in on the conversation.