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D.C. United's Blake Brettschneider Makes Return Visit to Gamecocks

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After a successful rookie season with Major League Soccer's D.C. United, Gamecock forward Blake Brettschneider made a quick trip back to Columbia on his week off to train and visit with his former teammates and coaches.

"I've been wanting to get back to Columbia for a while now," said Brettschneider. "I've got a lot of people to fit into a really short amount of time. This place is just really special to me, not having been back basically since I was drafted, I still have some very good friends here and the coaching staff means a lot to me too."

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Brettschneider celebrating a DC United goal - Ned Dishman/Getty Images North America


Brettschneider was selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft in January and just two short days later he was in D.C. to begin training with the United. After an impressive preseason, Brettschneider became one of few supplemental picks to not only make the team's roster, but actually have a significant impact on the team in his rookie season, playing in 15 games and making nine starts at forward.

"At the time I was happy just to be drafted and be given the opportunity. I think a lot of people would kill for that opportunity," said Brettschneider. "But I think it definitely adds a little motivation because you want to go out and prove everybody wrong, and I think I did a pretty good job of that... You don't want that tag associated with you all the time 'oh, he's a supplemental draft pick' I just wanted to be a contributing part of the team."

Brettschneider says the fast several months have flown by and he's enjoying the time off and chance to catch up with people he didn't get a chance to say goodbye to before he left. He misses Carolina and college soccer, but says playing professionally is an amazing experience.

"Just the chance to play soccer at the level I have and see the cities and stadiums and play against some of the players I grew up idolizing, just the whole experience," mused Brettschneider. "It's something that is really hard to put into words, but I wish I could because I think it would be a cool story. It's been a pretty wild first year, but hopefully it's just the first of many."


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