The big transition from overseas soccer to the U.S... what is it like? Is it hard to adapt? Are there drastic differences between the two regions? Our coaches, Joe McNab and Neil Cockburn, talk about their experience with transitioning from overseas to the U.S.


Joe McNab: Assistant Girls Academy Director at Chicago Fire Juniors.

Neil Cockburn: Head Coach at Webber International University (NAIA).

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Joe McNab

Joe talks about how he has adapted his coaching style from his playing days in the UK and how it is important to keep an open-mind. Joe also discusses the process of finding a new club and how it all starts by doing some initial research -- from the demographics, core values, geographics, coaches, all of this can be found online before stepping foot in a new city. Joe also mentions the importance of speaking with current players and getting a perspective from other families.

Neil Cockburn

Coach Neil came to the US from Scotland initially in 1999 to play NJCAA soccer at Iowa Central College. After ICC, he transferred to finish his collegiate career at Cardinal Stritch University. His coaching career began with a graduate assistantship at Siena Heights University where he did summer camps at Notre Dame. After nearly being deported, he was then hired by Webber International and has remained there since 2008.

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