March 1, 2012
By: Diane Scavuzzo, SoccerNationNews exclusive interview – New Feature
Danny Jackson is a former college and Major League Soccer(MLS) player who grew up in England and played youth soccer in the Leeds United Youth Program.
Jackson played defense at the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to the 2001 NCAA National Championships.
Jackson spent the 2002 season with the MLS Colorado Rapids. From 2003 to 2008 Jackson played for the then-USL First Division Seattle Sounders, serving as captain from 2004-2008.
While at Seattle, he was named the league’s Defender of the Year and selected to the A-League First Team.
Jackson currently serves as Director of New Business forKorrio, and has coached youth soccer with Eastside FC and the Sounders FC/ODP development program. SoccerNation sat down to find out more about the man behind the boot.
SNN: What is your idea of the perfect game?
Danny Jackson: The perfect game is having everyone on your team play to the best of their ability. Fighting for each other, having fun, committing to the same cause, and in the end scoring the goals to win the game is fantastic. As a defender, my ideal situation would be to score a goal and then make crucial plays to defend that lead.
A great tackle for me was better than scoring a goal. Once the game is over, and we have achieved success, there is nothing better than celebrating with your teammates. That joy, after so much hard work and tension, is such a wonderful feeling.