Never taking anything for granted...a motto that has lead to success for goalkeeper Keasel Broome!
Another day, another interview with a goalkeeper who has international experience! Thank you to Barbados international goalkeeper Keasel Broome for taking the time out to talk with us about his career both collegiately and professionally. Read all about his unique college experience, the adjustment to the professional game playing with international stars, and his goals for his international career!
You're a goalkeeper w/ international experience who has played for various professional teams over your three year career so far including the storied NY Cosmos but I want to start with what got you into soccer? And more specifically, how did you choose the goalkeeping position?
I started playing soccer when I was three. I honestly couldn’t tell you what made me play soccer at that age but I guess everyone was doing it so I did to. I became a keeper because I had asthma and was a little chunky and couldn’t run so my coach stuck me in goal and it was a match made in heaven.
You made 59 appearances over 5 seasons w/ Providence, talk a little bit about your time there. More specifically the ups and downs as well as the highs of your NCAA tournament run.
My time at Providence College was very special. I started my junior season (2012) and we ended the season 4-10-2 with only two clean sheets. Tough first season between the sticks but we bounced back and my senior and red shirt senior year we went to back-to-back Big East championship games, winning one. We broke school records on our way to our program's first final four appearance as well and that will be a season I will never forget.
During your college career, you played for two pretty consistently successful PDL clubs in Reading United and Ocean City Nor'easters, what were those experiences like? What was the competition level in training like and how did you deal with the change in scenery each summer? My PDL experience with Reading United and Ocean City were two very different experiences but both helped me tremendously as a player. Reading was my first PDL experience and to be playing with talent like Ryan Findley, Deshorn brown, Steve Neumann and coached by Brendan Burke; It prepared me for that first season at providence and exposed me to what higher level soccer was. Ocean city was a great experience because I was able to play on a team that made it to the PDL final four that year and to experience such a great and successful season with that team was unbelievable. Both those experiences paved the way to where I am in my career currently.
You were drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2015, what was that preseason experience like? Was there a noticeable step up from college and if so, how did you deal with that adjustment?