Love soccer? Scottsdale facility teaches you to play like a pro

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Team USA may be out of the World Cup, but soccer fever is stronger than ever. There is actually a facility here in the Valley where you can get professional-level soccer training.

Tess Rafols took us to The Center for Athletic Performance in Scottsdale, where folks can learn what it takes to be a world-class athlete.

Owner Tom Bratcher is a former pro soccer player himself, and he's a trainer to collegiate soccer players, both men and women.

"Our goal with these players is to get them ready for the physical aspect of soccer," he says. "The coaches work on the technical and the tactical aspects. Some of the psychologists work on the psychological aspects. We work on the physical aspect of soccer: making sure they're fit, making sure they don't get hurt, and making sure their nutrition is correct."

On Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona, he introduced us to a group of students from various colleges who come in each week to train. He's also got a few hopefuls who might be on track to going pro.

"The first thing they need to do is work on their technical abilities," he says. "What we do is complement that."

Bratcher says their main goal is to keep them healthy. And he says the young athletes have to be committed and determined.

"You have to have someone who wants to go through the process; they want to do the work day in and day out," Bratcher says.

We spoke to one young man who's training here every day, pursuing his dream of soccer stardom. "It's been my dream since I was a kid," says 17-year-old Danny Moreno. "I'll try everything I can do do it. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing."

Bratcher has more than 20 years of experience working with athletes of all levels and abilities. He is one of a select few therapists with a Board Certification in Sports Physical Therapy. He's also a member of the Orthopedic and Sports section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is ASTYM certified.

The Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy expanded to Cave Creek in 2005, Kansas City in 2007, and Arrowhead in 2013. Over the course of this time, The Center has helped athletes of all levels from professional to recreational succeed in conquering their fitness goals and getting back to participating in the activities they love.

The Centers for Athletic Performance
8541 E. Anderson Drive
Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ. 85255
Phone: (480) 585-6810