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Join us as we welcome Landon Donovan and Carrie Taylor to the Way of Champions Podcast this week.

Landon Donovan is an American soccer legend. He is the all-time leading scorer for the US national team, a 6x Major League Soccer Champion, and played professionally in MLS, the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga, and in Mexico. He is regarded as one of the greatest U.S. men’s soccer players of all time, and is best known for his extra-time game winning goal versus Algeria that sent the US to the second round of the 2010 World Cup. Donovan is currently in his first coaching role as the manager of USL Championship side San Diego Loyal SC.

Carrie Taylor is a San Diego Loyal Assistant Coach, and is currently the only female coach of a professional mens soccer team in the United States. Taylor is one of only five women who have coached an NCAA men’s soccer team and has coached on the youth, high school, collegiate and professional level. She also holds a US Soccer A-license.

Highlights from the Podcast:

  • How to create a positive environment for a productive tryout
  • Why do some athletically gifted athletes succeed and others do not?
  • How does a coach prepare themself to coach at the highest level?
  • Landon describes what it is going to feel like to be part of this team.
  • Carrie shares with what they look for in an athlete
  • Landon describes how to show up mentally prepared to perform at a high level
  • How and why to be vulnerable and authentic with coaching staff and players
  • How did Landon’s parents help him become a confident, independent player?
  • What makes Carrie the most upset about coaching?
  • Carrie and Landon discuss when they feel pressure
  • How Carrie and Landon will define success this season

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