Former Univeristy of Maine Fort Kent soccer player Matt Dunn is making the adjustment from College Soccer to Professional Soccer. Dunn recently signed a contract with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer. He has already played in one Reserve Match. Dunn says that playing Professional Soccer is something he always dreamed about.
(VIDEO AND INTERVIEWS COURTESY CHIVAS USA)
Dunn:” It’s been my dream since i was a 4 year old kid. I started going to MLS games with my father. I think it is every kids dream to play in the MLS at one point in their life.”
Dunn is reunited with his U 17 National Coach . Wilmer Cabrera is in his first year as the Chivas USA Coach
Dunn:” Coach Cabrera knows me really well. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and know what I need to work on and he knows how my strengths will help improve the team.”
Dunn spent two years in Germany joining the FC Cologne Youth Academy.
Dunn:” Speed of play first touch has to be sharper. You have to get rid of the ball quicker. The players here are physical, they are very good. There is a lot to learn from all of them.”
Last year Dunn decided on returning to College and attended the University of Maine Fort Kent.
Dunn:” It’s different we had a good team though we lost in the Championship game and that was unfortunate. I learned a lot and I enjoyed my time there.”
He said he enjoyed the college experience and left the St John Valley with some good memories
Dunn:” There was a lot of laughter some hardships too. I made a lot of friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
The 20 year now is focused on Professional Soccer and he has some short term and long term goals
Dunn:” I just hope to make the bench. I hope in a few weeks that I can start and get some playing time. I have to get my fitness up first and I know that. Long term I would like to help us make the playoffs and play an important role in that.