Meet John Pardini

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Role in the club: NC Fusion Triad Girls Director

Years with the club: 1 Year

Favorite Teams: Tottenham Hotspurs, New York Giants and the New York Rangers.

Favorite soccer memory: I can’t say that I have any moment has been more special than others as I have had a lot of very special moments throughout my playing and coaching career. When I look back on all of the games that I have either played in or coached, I get a very warm and happy feeling. The things that create that are the competitive atmosphere, the camaraderie amongst teammates and players, having my family on the sideline providing support and encouragement, and now, as a coach, watching others experience the same things that I did as a player and seeing them have success.

Favorite pastime outside of work: Playing Ice/Roller Hockey

Last book you read: Pep Guardiola: The Evolution

Favorite musician/group: It used to be Blink 182, Green Day, and Motion City Soundtrack, but now I’m a listen to many 70’s rock and roll bands, some EDM groups, and to relax I’ll play some Enya or the soundtrack from Lord of the Rings.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be: It would be a toss-up between Pep Guardiola or Lionel Messi. They are arguably the two most influential people in our sport today.

Advice for young players:

At some point, all playing careers come to an end. I have two pieces of advice.

1.    While you can play, spend as much time around the game as possible. Give yourself no reason look back on it all and say “I wish I would’ve spent more time with the ball, watched the game more, got myself into better football fitness, and learned more about the sport.”

2.   Be sure to “thank you” as frequently as possible to your family, your teammates and those that are around you in this sport. This should be done on every car ride, after every training session, and after every game. It helps build larger bonds that people will not forget.

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