San Jose Earthquakes defender Wade Barrett visited youth soccer players at the Catalyst Soccer Club camp on Sunday, May 15 at Annajean Cummings Field in Soquel. The Quakes star held a Q & A session, signed autographs, and took pictures with the camp participants. The kids also partook in the Sierra Mist Dribble, Pass and Score competition.
The U-9, U-11, and U-13 age groups in the camp combined to listen to Barrett talk about his life as a professional soccer player. The Quakes defender also answered dozens of questions, ranging from topics like his favorite memories of playing soccer as a kid to his personal favorite professional soccer stars. At the end of the Q & A session, Barrett signed autographs and took pictures with the camp-goers.
For two hours before meeting with the Quakes player, the kids were able to participate in the Sierra Mist Dribble, Pass and Score competition, a three-part skills contest that focuses on the three most important techniques in soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. The top competitors in the Northern California area will have a chance to compete in the Regional Competition at Spartan Stadium, and the best girl and boy will continue on to the National Competition at the MLS Cup.
The Catalyst Soccer Club camp is run by UC Santa Cruz men's soccer head coach Paul Holocher, who is also a former member of the San Jose Clash and U.S. national team.