My name is Connor Cherry and I am a goalkeeper for Charlotte Independence U17 Developmental Academy. My interest in soccer began during the summer of my 5th-6th-grade year. I had just recently stopped playing basketball, baseball, and football simply because they did not interest me anymore. The World Cup was playing in July of 2014 in Brazil and I began watching it on TV and getting more and more interested in the sport. At the end of the tournament, I decided to try out for the Lake Norman Soccer Club team. I made the team in August of 2014 and I was not yet fully committed to a position. So one day I was in practice and my coach shot a ball at me and instinctually, I saved it. At that point, I decided to become a goalkeeper.
I have been trained and played with LNSC for the previous 5 years and am now playing with the Charlotte Independence Developmental Academy. Over these past few years, I have had a few injuries to overcome, small or major. But after each hardship, I bounced back and worked hard to be better than I was before. This past summer I attended a West Ham United Clinic and was invited to attend the North American Camp. After a successful camp, I was invited to train with the academy in London, I went in April of 2019
I attended Mount Mourne IB School (an IBO World School) which was a better challenge and fit for me than compared to a traditional middle school. I now attend Lake Norman High School in Mooresville NC. I completed sophomore year with a 4.35 GPA taking all honors classes. I am currently a Junior taking all AP and honors classes. I plan to go to an attending college and play soccer for the school and maybe even professionally. I am open to all possibilities when it comes to choosing a college and I hope to improve over the next 4 years, intellectually and in my soccer abilities, to propel me for College.