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Pulse Interview with Sean Lattimer

Pulse Interview with Sean Lattimer

Pulse Interview with Sean Lattimer

Interviewer
So Sean, how has the last year been for you over in the US on a college scholarship?

Sean
It has been amazing, although very different in many ways. Firstly living in a different country, different environment, different players, they call football soccer, which is hard to get used to. The fitness aspect of the game has been hard, as they focus very much on this aspect.

Interviewer
Is the standard different?

Sean
It is a different style of play over in the US. The referees are more strict than in England, which can sometimes affect the play. The standard is quite similar to English players. You get some good players and players that don’t have the best talent.

Interviewer
Looking back, was it a good decision to go to the US on a scholarship?

Sean
No doubt at all. Being at clubs round here professionally, and non-professionally, I never made the cut. Joining Pulse gave me the opportunity to go to America, so I thought I would take the chance given to me. Like I said I have tried in England, and unfortunately it didn’t work out, so now I have a chance to crack the US.

Interviewer
How did being at Pulse give you that opportunity?

Sean
Pulse helped by starting us early with Pre Season training in June. I had finished at Torquay United in March and I managed to get hold of Paul Harkness about starting with Pulse. We started in mid June with some light training which then gave me the opportunity to shine once the season began. I played against some pro clubs and US scouts. Being with Pulse and training everyday helped get my fitness levels up to perform better.

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Interviewer
We mentioned the standard of football over in the US, and it does vary with the college leagues. You are getting some interest and you have had a successful season. Do you think that will lead onto something bigger and better for you?

Sean
Im hoping it will. I have one more year of junior college left, then after that I am hoping to move onto a NCAA Division 1 which are the top colleges in America.

Interviewer
Can you see for the future after your college career, going into something like the MLS league? Would you like to progress onto something like that?

Sean
Majorly, that is what everyone aspires to in the US although the chances of being picked are slim. Having seen and getting used to the draft picks from the NCAA’s and seeing some players such as Patrick Mullins and others make the MLS through drafts is inspiring. There is no reason why if I do well and get into one of the top colleges that I don’t have the opportunity to make the MLS.Interviewer How have you found the education aspect of your college course?

Sean
I am not the smartest person, but going to Junior College has helped massively with getting back into the swing of education, so that when I start at one of the University’s, the two years at Junior college will hold me in good stead to achieve a degree.

Interviewer
You went over for the football reasons, but you have shown a positive attitude as well to the education. They do go hand in hand am I right in saying that?

Sean
Yes

Interviewer
What about making friends over there? It was a completely new start for you as you did not know anyone over in the US. What it an easy experience?

Sean
At the beginning I was nervous, but once I was there it was like any other football environment where after a few sessions playing matches with your team, you all become like best mates. And when you have been with them for a year, there are no reasons why you should worry for the next season.

Interviewer
So what are you looking forward to in this coming season?

Sean
With the success I had last year, I’m a bit nervous going back to the new season, trying to top what I have achieved with the first year. But there are always things to look forward to. Obviously looking forward to the new boys coming over and hopefully strengthening the team, as we have some players that have left and need replacing. Also just to get back on the pitch and get on with pre-season training. It’s good to be getting back into the swing of things after having such a long break.

Interviewer
Obviously with your fitness and ability, are your aspirations to make a further impression than you already have?

Sean
When I went out there last season I was injured so I didn’t really get much training in so I went out there unfit which wasn’t ideal and the coach didn’t like the situation but coming back now I’ve tried hard through the summer to keep my fitness up so I can go out and impress my coach so I can get a starting spot in the team. Also with new players coming in there will be competition for places in the team so I need to fight for my place.

Interviewer
What awards and recognition did you achieve in your first season?

Sean
I achieved top goal scorer and top assist for my team. I won All American and Player of my conference as well as NVP of my conference. I won NJCAA team of the year as well which meant a lot as it showed we had a great team. We were one game off the national which we were unlucky with but I don’t see why we can’t achieve the title this year.

Interviewer
So the team won awards but you achieved many individual accolades.

Sean
As I am a goal scorer, I scored a lot of games for my team, which helped us progress to the semi-final which we unfortunately lost, but apart from that it was a superb team.

Interviewer
You regularly when back in England, come and train with us here at Pulse. What would you like to say about your time at Pulse?

Sean
I joined Pulse when it was first set up in 2012, so players were of varying ability. Throughout the year all the players progressed well and now coming back after 2 years, the ability on show here that Pulse have managed to recruit is tremendous. It just shows that the coaches that have been recruited by Pulse in this short time has worked.

Interviewer
You obviously have a great relationship with the coaches. You worked in the full time game and now having been to America, are the Pulse Coaches different to any
other of the coaches you have worked with?

Sean
The Pulse coaches are exactly the level you would expect of pro club coaches when I was younger. They all have different approaches but have the same mentality which is good for me, as it never put me out of my depth when playing at club level for so long. Coming to Pulse, did not drop my level at all, it only enhanced my game.

Interviewer
On behalf of all at Pulse, we are very proud of your achievements and wish you the very best for the future in whatever it holds.

Sean
Thank you, and if any Pulse boys want to ask questions about a Scholarship to America then please feel free, as obviously “I’ve done it and got the t-shirt”. I know I’ve only been out there a year, but I have gained a lot of experience and would be happy to share, if someone needs help and guidance on their choice.

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