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Success in Soccer: the Importance of Preparation and Execution

Words of wisdom from someone who knows what it takes to be a professional soccer player. When it comes to practice vs. games – and how to achieve the optimal mindset for when your cleats hit the field in a big match – the adage that works best for me is: Prepare with fear, Execute with confidence.

Daniel (Danny) Jackson is a former Major League Soccer (MLS) star and captain of the Seattle Sounders. SN is pleased to bring readers Danny Jackson‘s new column with insights into the professional world of soccer.  So many kids dream of going pro, few accomplish this and fewer become team captains and then go on to become youth coaches.

When it comes to practice vs. games – and how to achieve the optimal mindset for when your cleats hit the field in a big match – the adage that works best for me is: Prepare with fear, Execute with confidence.

It’s a motto I’ve used successfully throughout my career – from youth soccer in England to professional play with the Seattle Sounders. And now, it’s my foundation for coaching and my business career.

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