Cameron Hepple's pro soccer player dream comes true
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It has always been the desire of Cameron Hepple to play professional soccer and now his dream has come true with the KF Football Club in Tirana, Albania.
Hepple's story is one of persistence and perseverance. But for the 23-year-old attacking mid-fielder, he hopes it will be one that will inspire more young soccer players to follow in his footsteps.
After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 2009, Hepple embarked on a career in Europe but he ended up trying out for a team called Brentford in League 1 in London in January, 2010.
The two-week trial turned out to be a disaster for Hepple who had to work out in the snow and never really got to display his skills in an actual game for the coaching staff.
He eventually signed a two-year contract with the Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Developmental League in Bremerton, Washington, where he tallied seven goals and seven assists before suffering a sprained ankle at the end of the season.
In transit home for the Bahamas' World Cup qualifiers against the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hepple finally got a call from an agent, lining him up for a job in Albania.
On his return to Seattle after the Bahamas defeated the Turks and Caicos to advance to the next round, Hepple packed his bags and within 10 hours, he was headed to Europe.
He is currently under a two-year contract with KF Tirana.
"As a player, I want to learn as much as I can and work as hard as I can and see how far I can go," said Hepple, who goes into every game with the mindset to win.
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