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Even in offseason, Independence goalkeeper's mind is on soccer
Brandon Miller launches new venture in Fort Mill
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:18 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

FORT MILL—Brandon Miller’s offseason looks different.

The Charlottean and current Charlotte Independence goalkeeper opened Maximum Soccer (3649 Centre Circle, Fort Mill) with former Independence goalkeeper coach Philip Poole last month.

“Poole came to me with the idea,” Miller said of the 2,500 square-foot facility. “He had rented out this space, and really wanted to work on developing youth soccer players, their first touch, their awareness—different things that will help them propel their game to the next level when they get out on a bigger field.”

Framed jerseys fill the lobby. There’s an office to the right of the entrance, a film room behind the lobby to the left and training area in the back.

“Right when I walked in here, I had the ideas flowing in my head,” Miller said. “I was inspired, and I wanted to get involved. We’ve been working for the past month and a half to get the facility up and running, put the turf down, nets up, get the machine in here, and now we are just focusing on trying to get players in the door so we can improve their game.”

Miller, the 2015 USL Goalkeeper of the Year, saw Poole’s proposition as a no-brainer.

“He has been working in youth soccer in the area for such a long time, and he has worked at the international level, the professional level,” Miller said. “His name holds a lot of weight. He’s been a goalkeeper coach for a long time, and he knows his stuff.”

Miller and Poole recently added Charlottean Jared Odenbeck to their team as a trainer.

A core piece of training at Maximum Soccer is the Toca machine.

“It works with Size 2 balls, which really forces players to focus on their first touch, to focus on really controlling the ball well, which will translate over to a larger ball,” Miller said. “If you can control a smaller object, it makes it a lot easier to control a larger one, like a Size 5 ball. The machine helps with consistent distribution.”

Miller’s agenda also includes marketing his other business, Prime Focus Goalkeeping, and The Last Line: Soccer Podcast.

“In the offseason now it’s a shift from not so much professional soccer, focusing on training every day,” Miller said. “My mornings turn into sending out emails, getting marketing done for both of the businesses while also trying to stay fit and sharp in the offseason. It’s nice to stay busy – you kind of have to in the offseason. You can’t just sit around and not really do much.”

Each offseason looks different from the last.

“A lot of guys do different things, whether it’s training youth soccer players or finding other jobs,” Miller said. “For me, I’ve always been a person who wanted to have his own business, run things, and make decisions on his own. It’s nice to have the opportunity to do that with the businesses that I have.”

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