RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — A curious kindergarten mind is now leading Spanish Springs football player Ty Lake halfway around the world, and it all started with his friend’s jersey.
“What sport does this belong to? Lake recalls the interaction he had with his childhood friend. “He said ‘football’. I said ‘ok, I could try that.’
Lake has finished dipping his toes in the water. He is thoroughly. The passion, community and global significance of football make it his sport of choice.
As a senior, he is now looking to extend his football career past high school.
“I just thought there was a way for me to go DI, D-II, D-III, NAIA or JuCo,” he said.
Whenever Lake plays for his club team, he finds out which college coaches will be at his games and contacts them. This time it was the other way around.
“At one of my last tournaments I was hit by these guys from the University of Gloucestershire and I had no idea what that university was,” he said. “I think it’s an academy in England.”
Although not specific to England, it is no secret that some of the best players come from Europe and compete in Europe. The last non-European men’s national team to win a World Cup was Brazil in 2002. Lake’s favorite player, Lionel Messi, has been with the club in Europe for almost 20 years.
“Being able to go out there and play, but also experience something outside of the United States and become whole…as I grow, it’s better to do that now,” Lake said.
Lake hopes the environment, training and talent around him will give him the best chance of achieving his goals.
“I want to be able to get to the pro level and keep up with my pace and then become the best player I can be, if not better than I think I can be,” Lake said of his goals.
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