TWO HOURS WORTH of training passed when time came to a sudden pause.“Dude, I need to get a haircut,” Garvin Quamina, the developmental coach, exclaimed to his pupil Andrew Carleton.But the then 11-year-old Carleton — whose rising soccer star saw Atlanta United’s teen midfielder recently suit up for the MLS Homegrown Team — knew that it would be time for school if they called it quits, so he decided to cut a deal with his trainer. Quamina could leave for his haircut while his pupil stayed behind and resumed training. It seemed reasonable to Quamina, knowing he probably wouldn’t be gone for too long. After his appointment the coach came back to the field, fully expecting to see Carleton wiped out and ready to go home.In fact, it was the complete opposite.Music blared from Carleton’s phone while he took shot after shot with his shirt off as the sizzling sun warmed his back. It was as if Quamina never left. He repeatedly blasted soccer balls into the net, retrieved them — even if they sailed over the crossbar — and returned to his spot to do it all over again.Quamina simply observed from inside his car, waiting 30 more minutes while Andrew continued to practice. He… Read full this story
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