Mustangs Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles and Director of Education Garry Martin are featured in football.com this month:
Most coaches never get the opportunity to show the club soccer kids in their charge how they played in their prime.
More often than not, the best they can do is tell their youth players about their careers and pass on their wealth of experience on the training ground.
But the boys and girls at Cardiff Soccer get to watch their Director of Coaching Kraig Chiles play with the San Diego Sockers in the Professional Arena Soccer League, where he is a three-time MVP.
Kraig, who also used to play in the MLS with Chivas USA, regularly arranges for his club teams to travel to home games in their team strips to watch him play.
Although Cardiff is a comparatively small “boutique” club, it has 7 coaches who are current pro players. One of them, Nick Perera, captains the U.S. Beach Soccer team.
“We are relatable,” said Kraig. “We’re still young and fit. The kids understand. They come to watch us play on a Saturday night and they see that we track back and defend just as we ask them to do. It’s a great opportunity to show them what we talk about in training.”