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Shaun Kalnasy - Professional Soccer Goalkeeper
Posted: 08/28/2006

Shaun Kalnasy

What do you do:
Professional Soccer Goalkeeper

Where do you work:
Chivas USA, Major League Soccer, Los Angeles, California

When did you realize you wanted to be a goalkeeper:
I realized I wanted to be a goalie when I was seven or eight. At that age I was a little bit more athletic than just the average kid so I could score goals and the team would always want me to play in the field, but I’d want to play in the goal. It was probably around eighth grade that I said this is what I want to do for a living. I want to play professional soccer.

Why be a goalkeeper:
When someone hits a shot right towards the corner and it looks like its going to go in the goal and you make this great save with your body extended in the air, it’s beautiful. Touch it, turn it, and make the save. You get up and there’s this great feeling of satisfaction.

How would you advise others:
Now that I am a professional I’ve noticed everybody has worked on their game whether it was playing as many games as they could or getting out and training as much as they could. You have to get out on your own apart from practice and play. But the best advice I can say is be patient, make a commitment, and work towards it every day. The cards will fall where they will.