LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – When it comes to his goals, Louisville City’s Chandler Hoffman still isn’t afraid to dream big.
“I have high aspirations,” said Hoffman. “I want to play in a World Cup. People might think that’s crazy but that’s what I want to do.”
But some time last year, the 25-year-old Hoffman realized he may no longer be on the right path to achieving his dreams.
“For me, the most important thing was getting on the field and getting into games.”
That, however wasn’t happening often enough for Hoffman as he bounced around from franchise to franchise for four years in the MLS.
“A lot of people don’t realize when you are a pro player and you aren’t getting a lot of opportunities, it takes a lot of your happiness away,” Hoffman admits.
Last offseason, Hoffman had a decision to make. He could continue down the MLS path or he could take a step back and sign with Louisville City, a USL team that was offering him more playing time.
He needed advice.
He got it from soccer great Landon Donovan, one of his old teammates on the LA Galaxy.
“He was encouraging me to be wise about the decision. And to really think about the role coach wanted me to play.”
James O'Connor wanted him to score goals. And that he has. His 14 goals are second best in the USL this year. Along the way, Hoffman says he's rediscovered his drive and now feels his career is back on track.
That’s the beauty of Louisville City,” he said. “It’s been a great situation and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
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