By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Jordan Farr is use to pressure as he returns home after playing with the USL’s Indy Eleven in Indianapolis, Indiana this past season where he had five clean sheets to his name.
It’s been two years since his Senior Season with Corban University where he set the career record in shutouts of 44 and goals against average at 0.74 over his Warrior career that spanned 2013-2017.
But the sense of responsibility and holding one to a high standard, showing kids respect and the attention they need and deserve that factors into some kind of pressure entering Friday’s ‘Thankful for Goalkeeping’ camp.
“There is a bit of a pressure, but with the community it’s been really, really easy to be in this position because they’ve been so supportive and I feel like they’ve given me so much. Their hearts are in the right positions that I have been able to come back here with open arms essentially, so it’s been really easy,” said Farr. “I feel like the flow of me coming back to Salem in the off-season and giving back to the community has made it way easier throughout Salem.”
The Cascade-graduate’s camp, ran at Capital FC in Salem with the CFC Coaching Staff, goes through training with technical, mindset, leadership and agility aspect entering it’s second-year. The camp also touches on angle and positioning techniques as well.
Roughly 20 kids were at Friday’s camp that started at 10am and went until 1pm, going through drills for much of the session before some fun games in the final hour that included hand-ball games and taking free-kicks at goal before they adjourned for the day.
“It is awesome, I like working with them because they’re really encouraging,” said Cascade’s Zoey Bird. “And even I get down on myself they’re like, ‘you got to keep your head up. No matter what’. They help me learn a lot.”
Though the day started off cold, Friday’s day ended warmly with Youth and High School goalies worked on their craft entering Saturday’s session back at Capital FC.
“It’s great man, it’s a beautiful day and being out here with a bunch of people who have the same intentions of coming out here and get better. Just to grind on our craft, it’s a great feeling,” adds Sprague’s Brody Whetzel. “I just thank Jordan and all of the CFC trainers for putting this one, it’s my second year going to this. I feel like this year is even better than last year, it’s a good environment for people to come out and have a good time getting better at goalkeeping.”
The second and final session starts at 10am and goes until 1pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald