|Midfielder Myles Brown in rhythm with Charlotte 49ers soccer|
|Notre Dame transfer transformed his abilities|
|Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:20 pm|
Myles Brown transformed his game over the summer.
A sophomore transfer from Notre Dame, the midfielder experienced a shock when he began playing with the Charlotte 49ers during the spring.
“Myles has had an incredible preseason,” coach Kevin Langan said. “I think the spring maybe shocked him a little bit—just with the work rate and the tempo we train at every day. He was told, ‘you know what we’re doing now. Go away in the summer, and come back ready.’ He certainly has.”
Said Brown: “In the summer I definitely worked on just receiving the ball with my back foot, playing the ball quickly and then fitness was the biggest part, because I came in a little out of shape in the spring. We’re trying to be the fittest team in the country, so fitness is definitely the biggest thing I worked on.”
From full-field sprints to endurance running, Brown’s work showed in the preseason opener against Longwood, where he scored a goal in the 49ers’ 3-2 win.
“[Junior striker Daniel] Bruce made a great run down the middle of the field, and took a shot low and hard to the far post,” Brown said. “I was just trying to follow it up back post, and it just fell right to me, and I passed it in.”
Said Bruce: “Myles has been a brilliant asset to the team since coming from Notre Dame. He’s been tough. He’s been strong. He’s got big legs, like horse legs. You just can’t get around him. He just stands there, and he does very well. I’m delighted for the guy. He’s done well.”
Said Langan: “He’s been playing central for most of his career, but we’ve pushed him a little bit wider in right back [and] right midfield. He’s done really well this preseason. When he went on in the first half, he kind of drove us forward a little bit. He got a great goal, perhaps could’ve scored another one.”
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