James Maurer Interview

James Maurer Interview

Jimmy Maurer is a 28 year old America goalkeeper who’s most recently spent 4 seasons with the New York Cosmos, where they’ve been very successful and won 3 championships in 4 years. We caught up with the newly signed Concave athlete and champion goalkeeper to discuss life in football and his new chapter as he now laces up in our Halo+ boots...

Where did football start for you?

I started playing at about 4 years old, at a local YMCA community program. My older brother was a player so I always remember being at his games and kicking around on the side.

Who inspired you when you were younger?

I always looked up to my older brother. He is 5 years older than me and I would always watch him play and want to be like him. I'm sure I was as annoying, as any little brother but any tips he would give me really hit home.

What was it like growing up in football?

I was very fortunate to grow up in a really supportive family. My older sister was a dancer in a ballet company and my older brother was a soccer player like me. My parents both worked full time but every minute of their time off was spent getting my sister, brother, and I to any practices or games they could. My Dad still travels all over the US as much as he can to catch my games.

When did you first get noticed?

I think when I was about 15 I really realized there could be something in it. I started getting recruited very heavily for some big Universities, which is a big thing in the US. When I started getting those calls, I started to realize I could have a future in the sport.

What happened from there?

I made the decision to go to the University of South Carolina. A big program near my hometown of Atlanta. The same university that Brad Guzan attended. Partly because of him, I really saw it as a clear path to a career in the game. After having 4 good seasons, while obtaining a degree in finance simultaneously, I was drafted to the New York Red Bulls in 2011. I ended up signing instead with my hometown team in the NASL, that year, the Atlanta Silverbacks. I started 17 games in my first year as a pro. From that I made a big jump with my wife and 4 year old son to take a contract in the Chilean top division. It was a great experience and I am now able to speak Spanish even though it was an extremely difficult year on the field. I injured my shoulder, was out 6 months with an operation and the team struggled to relegation. I returned to the US and latched on with the NY Cosmos in 2013, where I just finished up winning our third title.

Most memorable moment in football to date?

My most memorable moment thus far is probably our penalty kick win in the US Open Cup against New York City FC. It was a big derby match against our local rivals and I was able to stop three penalties for our team to get a massive win in front of a sold out crowd.

Who’s helped you the most in your career and what’s been the best piece of advice you’ve taken with you?

I think I'd have to say my wife and three children have helped me the most. Having a strong family that's always supporting me has been paramount. Supporting me during the tough times, celebrating the good and always giving me that extra motivation. Some of the best advice for me has been to simply take things one day at a time. Be thankful for every day you are able to do what you love and try to make the most out of it every single day.

Have you always been a goalkeeper?

I've been playing goalkeeper since I was about 10 or 11 years old. But I always played both until I was about 18 actually. As I got older, it naturally became more and more serious with my goalkeeper training but I always enjoyed playing forward as well. Who doesn't like to score goals once in a while?! I think doing so really helped me develop a comfort on the ball with my feet that I feel is one of my strengths as a keeper today.

Strongest attribute?

One of my strongest attributes is my distribution. I've always enjoyed playing out of the back and trying to build under pressure. Playing in the field throughout my youth, spending time in Chile and most recently playing for a great coach with the Cosmos, who gave me the freedom to take the right risks in playing out under pressure. I approach training with the mindset that everything I'm going to do is going to help me perform at the highest level on the weekend. Trying to get better everyday, in every drill, in every rep. As a professional, one of the challenges is to show up and be motivated every single day of the year. Tons of players have the talent, not everyone can sustain the drive day in and day out, year after year.

Do you have any matchday superstitions?

Not too much. I try to keep it simple so I'm ready for anything. Just make sure I do some sort of activation and stretch in the morning. Eat healthy meals. Grab a quick nap if it's a night game. Then I'm off to the stadium and ready to go.

First thoughts when lacing up in the Concave boots?

I liked the look but was really just curious to be honest. But from the moment I stepped on the field in them, I was sold. Great combination of feel, comfort, and weight.

What boot do you wear and how do you feel it helps you?

Currently I've been wearing the Halo. I just feel comfortable in them. One thing with any type of football gear, whether it's my cleats, gloves, uniform, etc... I don't want to notice it when I'm playing. If I'm thinking about my gear then I'm not using my ability. These boots give me such a true feel on the ball, a clean strike and great traction on my movements... I couldn't ask for anything more!

What do you get up to outside of football?

Really all about family off the field. Father to three incredible boys and husband to an extremely patient wife to put up with all of our nonsense. It's all about spending time with them when I'm not on the field.

What music and TV are you into?

Pretty busy with the family to spend too much time binge watching on Netflix. Game of Thrones is obviously a great one. Keeps you enthralled. Another one I've seen a couple seasons of is Vikings. I like all types of music. Growing up in the south of the US, I like country music a lot. Lately I've been listening to a lot of modern folk music like Lumineers. I like Latin music and regaetton from my time in South America as well. Popular music and hip hop when the time is right as well. Really a bit of everything.

What does the future hold for Mr Maurer?

I really try to take things one day at a time. Obviously, everyone has their dreams and their ambitions. Making it to the highest levels for club, getting calls into your national team. But all that comes with doing the right thing day in and day out. Progressing little by little every year. I just try to get better at what I do and work as hard as I can. In the end, that's all you can control.

Finally, what tips would you give to any young aspiring footballers?

My advice would be to simply give your best in everything. On the field and off. There are tons of players out there all wanting the same thing. Take care of yourself off the field, do your best when you're on it. Never let your attitude, character, or reputation hold you back. If it's skill that prevents you from making a next step, that you can live with. If it's not working hard enough or something as simple as showing up on time to training, that will haunt you.

Writen by Concave @ 13/02/2017 06:59

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