Hard Work and Dedication Drive a Local Youth Soccer Star to the Top

Recently, Triangle Sports had the opportunity to chat with North Carolina FC U19 Academy defender Adam Armour. He’s a rising star in the local soccer scene and recently received a scholarship to play at Duke. Armour shared some thoughts about the game and his place in it.

North Carolina FC U19 Academy defender Adam Armour is a rising star in the local soccer scene and recently received a scholarship to play at Duke.
North Carolina FC U19 Academy defender Adam Armour is a rising star in the local soccer scene and recently received a scholarship to play at Duke.

TS: What first drew you to playing soccer?

AA: My older brother played soccer and watching him play made me want to play, as well. I wanted to be like him. I have been playing on soccer teams since I was five-years old.

TS: What position do you play, or have you played?

AA: I play the left back position. This lets me defend but attack when the opportunity arises. I have played on the wing and as an attacking midfielder in the past. I liked playing in these forward positions because it allowed me to score more goals. The downside of those positions was having to wait for the ball to come to me.

TS: What is your team like?
AA: My teammates at North Carolina FC U19 Academy are a close-knit, hard-working, talented group of guys. Many of us have played together for years.

TS: What coaches have inspired you most along the way and why?

AA: There are three coaches I can say have inspired me. Mark Jonas, because he led us to the U13 National Championship Title in 2016. I will never forget it. John Bradford has coached me as part of North Carolina FC and on the U17 U.S. National Team. I have really improved as a player under him.I also have to mention Raphael Wicky, the new Head Coach of the U17 U.S. Men’s National team. He has opened me up to parts of the game that I had not thought about. He has exposed me to more of the tactical part of the game.

TS: What are the things you work hardest on as a player?

AA: I work hardest on my technical ability in tight areas, my power and explosiveness, as well as crossing and finishing.

TS: What were some of your proudest moments playing soccer?

AA: Two of my proudest moments playing soccer were scoring the winning goal in the 2016 National Championship and qualifying for the 2019 U17 World Cup. The upcoming U17 World Cup is in Brazil this November. It is the biggest stage I can play on as a soccer player.

TS: Can you share a disappointing moment and how you got through it?

AA: I was disappointed losing the final of the 2019 U17 CONCACAF Championship to Mexico, May 16. This was a tough loss. I will shift my focus to getting better over the next few months so we can redeem ourselves in Brazil.

TS: How do you feel about your future playing at Duke?

AA: I am very excited to play for one of the best universities in the country! It’s an amazing opportunity to play as a Duke Blue Devil.

TS: What advice do you have for other young athletes looking to play at a high level?

AA: I would tell young athletes to work hard, set goals, enjoy every moment and follow your dreams.

TS: How do you define success in sports?

AA: Success in sports is the opportunity to push your limits, working hard and seeing the benefits that come with it while winning a few championships along the way. The opportunity to represent my country is part of that success. I’ve been very fortunate. I’m blessed and thankful for all the people who have supported me along the way.

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