Taylor Hyde on paying your dues

After Thursday’s training session, I had the chance to catch up with Kitsap defender Taylor Hyde, who has returned to the lineup recently after missing most of the season while recovering from two hip surgeries.

Hyde is one of four players (Matt Friesen, Steve Mohn, Dustyn Brim) who’ve spent the past four seasons in Kitsap. We talked about a number of things, including what it’s like trying to carve out an existence as a low-level pro soccer player.

“We sacrifice a lot to be here because we love the game,” Hyde said.

Other 20-somethings Hyde’s age already have their careers in motion and are pulling in nice salaries. He’s still barely making enough to make it through the summer.

“I would love to be able to go shop at Whole Foods instead of going to the Grocery Outlet,” he said. “I would love to go buy a new pair of shoes, man. But I can’t. If I buy a new pair of shoes, it’s got to be a pair of soccer shoes because that’s what I need. I’d be nice to have a little comfort. But at the same time, we are in the paying-your-dues-stage of our careers.”


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