Feb. 12, 2012
Courtsey of Tod Palmer, The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY - Cyprian Hedrick will be the first to tell you he is blessed, but don't mistake that to mean that he has led a charmed life.
Hedrick, 22, a surprise pick at No. 30 overall in last month's Major League Soccer SuperDraft, is all smiles these days at Sporting Kansas City's training sessions. He laughs easily and often, seeming to understand how fortunate he is to be on the cusp of a professional soccer career.
Still, at nearly every step in his journey from Cameroon to the practice fields in Tucson, Ariz., where he is trying to earn a spot as a reserve centerback for Sporting KC, the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season champions, Hedrick has faced an uphill battle.
Of course, that is part of why Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes took a flyer on Hedrick, the Big South defensive player of the year from Coastal Carolina who wasn't invited to the league's pre-draft combine.
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