Derek Leader, Erika’s coach, stated, “It is a pleasure to coach Erika both on the IMG club team and Region III ODP team. She has the ability to make everyone around her look good, including the coaching staff. She is a joy to watch.”
Erika noted that The Soccer Academy has improved her game because of the daily playing schedule, in addition to the training and discipline required. She stated, “At the training camp, everyone was at such a high level. IMG definitely prepared me really well for it.”
Of her future soccer career, Erika has her goals set on playing the World Cup this year and eventually representing the U.S. in the Olympics. Erika stated, “It has always been my dream to play at a high level; I have the confidence that I can make my dreams come true.”
IMGA Soccer Academy, a Nike Premier Club, provides junior players with superior coaching and the latest training programs, at the best facilities in the country. There are 15 full-time professional coaches and staff. Approximately 100 full-time soccer students and 40 USSF Under 17 National Team players and their coaches/trainers base here from September to May. Hundreds of additional players from all over the world attend for weekly sessions throughout the year.