Sporting Kansas City Homegrown forward Tyler Freeman helped the Sporting KC U-19s to two wins and a draw this weekend at Premier Sports Campus in Bradenton, Florida. The 16-year-old Kansas native reflects on his team's successful showing at the Winter Showcase in the Q&A below.
How did you feel coming back to the Academy for this tournament in Florida?
It felt really good. Playing with a lot of teammates at my age or close to my age was fun. It was a really good experience to see all my friends. I had a good time and I thought the week went very well. We ended up with two wins and a tie, so I think overall we did well.
Did you think you could help them with your performances?
I hoped I could help them, but they approach every game and every tournament the same as the first team. They are always looking to improve theirselves and to win, so the mentality is the same. Whether it’s for the Academy or the first team, the way Sporting approaches games is always about giving your all and helping the team all the way. If you do that, you can eventually win as a team. That showed this week. The boys did great and played like a family.
Are you hoping for more opportunities to play with the Academy in the future?
Yeah, for sure! I’d love to come back and play with my friends again. It is always a good experience to come back to my roots. Hopefully this summer I can join them in the Development Academy Playoffs if we make a good run with that. I don’t have a doubt about them qualifying because they are really good. I hope to be a part of that team as well, and the goal of course would be to win the trophy with them. I wish them the best for the spring season!