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Tips from the Pros: Cameron Dunn

An interview with Cameron Dunn who currently plays Defense for the Los Angeles Blues of the USL-Pro League.
 
Where did you play college?
I played my college soccer at the University of California, Irvine.
 
What was your first pro game?
My first professional game was in 2007 against the Vancouver WhiteCaps. It was a surreal moment that I will never forget.
 
What is your proudest moment as a professional soocer player?
My proudest moment was the day I was drafted in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft in 2007. I was boarding a flight leaving to San Fransisco where I was to tryout for another professional team. I got a call from my mom seconds before stepping on the plane. Crying, she told me that I had just been drafted. Being drafted was something that I was aware of possibly happening, but I did not expect it. It was a great day.
 
As a professional athlete, what is the difference from being an amateur?
Mentality. It takes a strong individual to deal with the daily grind that a professional athlete has to endure. A professional athlete is expected to put all things aside and perform at his/her peak ability night in and night out.
 
What advice would you offer for kids who want to play professional soccer?
Never stop learning, always be a student of the game. I'm 27 years old and I continue to learn new things about my game every day from my coaches and teammates. Players that think they know it all, don't go far. Lastly, nothing comes without dedication and hard work. Never let anyone question how hard you work, whether that's in school or in sports. If you work hard and do your best all of the time, nobody can ever fault you.
 
For more information on Cameron Dunn and the Los Angeles Blues of the USL-Pro League, visit http://www.labluesprosoccer.com/index.html

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