Coach Docking Discusses Ribeiro's Pro Future With The Philly Soccer Page
Jan. 20, 2014
PSP talks to Coastal Carolina head coach Shaun Docking about Pedro Ribeiro
Courtesy of Adam Cann - The Philly Soccer Page
The Philly Soccer Page spoke with Coastal Carolina's head soccer coach Shaun Docking about Pedro Ribeiro over the weekend. Drafted in the first round of this year's MLS SuperDraft, the Brazilian-born player, who was with Reading United in 2012, has dominated the Big South conference and was a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann trophy in 2013. Docking has had incredible success in his 16 years at Coastal Carolina. In 16 years, his team has reached the NCAA tournament eight times. The Chanticleers have also won eight regular season Big South titles and five Big South tournament titles under Docking. And this success has not gone unnoticed by Major League Soccer clubs: Ribeiro is the fourth Coastal Carolina player in four years to be selected in either the SuperDraft or Supplemental Draft.
PSP asked Docking about Pedro Ribeiro's qualities as a player, where he expects him to play, and how he expects him to develop.
Adam Cann: "I just want to get your thoughts on what Pedro is like as a player and what you think he will be like in MLS."
Shaun Docking: "I personally think he's going to do very well. I think he's very versatile. I think he can play anywhere in midfield and probably anywhere up front. And I think physically, he's obviously a big guy. I think he moves around the field well. I think he's deceptive, I think he covers a lot of ground. I think, technically, he's very good. He's got very good feet, very soft feet. I think he sees the game very well.
"Tactically, I think he knows what's required on the field to play at that level. I would not be surprised at all if he sees a lot of minutes early on and plays a lot in his first year."
AC: "How do you think he will handle coming off the bench or, at minimum, not being a regular starter at the very beginning of his career?"
SD: "He'll be fine. He realizes he's going to a much higher level, a very good team. I think there's going to be a learning curve early on. He understands all that. I think he's willing to go in and listen to John and Rob and the staff. I think he's willing to listen to the senior players and try and earn his way into the team."
Read the complete The Philly Soccer Page article here: PSP talks to Coastal Carolina head coach about Pedro Ribeiro