Cameron Porter was a four-year all-everything soccer player and computer science major at Princeton. He was drafted to Major League Soccer and immediately made an impact on the pitch, scoring a dramatic final-minute goal, sending his club (Montreal) into the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals.
Uniquely positioned as an top forward in the MLS, Cam also works for MLS's front office -- as a full-stack engineer. A true pro athlete and entrepreneur, Cam writes code and helps the fastest growing team sports league in the world buildout their digital, iOS, and Android platforms.
I decided to upload this episode to kickoff our 2018 guest list because of two reasons:
1. Cam’s incredibly thoughtful and articulate. I learned new tactics around sports psychology (like how to dig yourself out of a funk -- or poor play), as well as how a macro trend in new media is not only impacting soccer, but the rest of the field (including lacrosse).
2. Cam’s so talented, that he’s already reached a place in his career where he’s making a decision on sport versus business – or his career after the pitch. The conversation is a buildup, where he breaks unexpected news on Suiting Up.
A first for us.
|3:00||Cam's Origin Story|
|6:00||Specialization Vs. Multi Sport Athletes|
|9:00||Cam's Practice Routine|
|12:15||Cam's Academic Approach|
|14:45||Cam's Princeton Experience|
|24:00||Success In More Competitive Environments|
|26:15||The Miracle in Montreal|
|30:15||Effective Practices When Coming Off The Bench|
|37:30||Working for MLS|
|42:15||The American Soccer Fan|
|45:45||The Advantage Of Being a Single Entity League|
|49:50||Sporting KC's Use Of Advanced Data|
|52:45||Dealing With Injury and Moving Forward|
|60:00||Balancing Repeated Injuries with Your Career Aspirations|
|63:00||The Decision Making Process Surrounding Retirement|
|70:15||Cam's Current Routine|