EL JIMADOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK: KYLE O’BRIEN
While we enjoy a small break from The Association soccer league to focus on the much bigger event going on right now – you may have heard of it, it’s called the World Cup 2018 – we’re still out here highlighting the best parts of our own efforts. Continuing on our interview series with the league’s Player of the Week, we have full-time private soccer trainer Kyle Patrick O’Brien who earner the prestigious spot back in May. With the beautiful game practically innately ingrained in him, O’Brain lends a fierce spirit to his Dash Radio team, which has helped them knock out more than a fair few goals. Read on to hear all about who Kyle O’Brien is, what he does, and what soccer means to him.
For our readers to get to know you a little better, how would you describe yourself in a sentence?
I am like a Boxer; ain’t afraid to get knocked down; look forward to defeating any challenge big or small; enjoy living in the moment and celebrating life victories.
What do you currently do, and what does your day-to-day at work look like?
I am a full-time private soccer trainer for professionals and aspiring collegiate athletes. During the summer where I’m busiest, I travel internationally for athletes. Otherwise, I spend mornings at a cafe sippin’ espressos and diagnosing an individual’s game footage.
How did you first get involved in the beautiful game?
I played soccer professionally in Europe. My sister, Jordan O’Brien (SpaceX) also played professionally. Our Dad was a coach throughout our entire careers. This meant we would spend four hours a day, Monday–Thursday, on the training ground while he coached his teams. We participated in all of his sessions. We also had our own teams – AKA we were BRED FOOTBALLERS, but trust me, I ain’t mad at all. Still can’t get enough of it.
So when you play, are you in it to win it, or are you more about having fun?
You cannot say you are happy when you don’t win. Luckily, winning comes fairly natural. So, to have fun winning would be the most satisfying feeling.
How has it been playing with the Dash Radio team?
Man, the team is super down to earth. The same drive and attitude that has brought my teammates’ individual success in their career is the same mentality they bring to the court. So it’s easy to get along with each other. We come to work hard, entertain, and be the best at what we do.
If you had to pick an arch nemesis team from The Association roster, which team would it be?
Before I found my plug into The Association, we took a heavy loss apparently. I never forget a loss, so I hope we can have an opportunity to redeem ourselves against them. We look forward to it.
Any last words as Player of the Week?
No last words. I will do the rest of the talking with my feet.