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Athlete Tip: Make Each Day A Masterpiece To Achieve Long-Term Goals

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Logan Pause is the Head Coach of Orange County Soccer Club (@orangecountysc) of USL, the USL affiliate of LAFC. Pause was formerly Vice President of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and spent his entire 12 year professional playing career with the Fire. Pause was the 2012 recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award, an award given to the player who presents the best sportsmanlike behavior.

For athletes that have long-term goals like playing in college, Pause advises to live in the moment and make each day a masterpiece. He cautions players not to worry about scholarships and being recruited, and instead to focus on their daily tasks. This sets kids up better to achieve their goals.

Pause also urges young athletes to not limit their collegiate playing dreams to receiving an athletic scholarship. There are many opportunities to play after high school where athletes can continue to develop and grow - but not all of these opportunities will come with tuition money. Hopefully collegiate athletes should broaden their search to smaller schools or teams that allow walk-ons.