Learn Soccer from the Pros: Caprice Dydasco
Our Learn Soccer from the Pros series continues with an interivew with Caprice Dydasco of the Washington Spirit.
Dydasco was drafted as the 19th overall pick by the Spirit in the 2015 NWSL College Draft and is also a member of the United States Women's National U-23 team.
You can follow her on Twitter at @CapriceDydasco.
1. Who were some of your favorite professional players to watch as you were growing up?
Caprice: Some of my favorite professional players to watch when I was younger was Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, and Brandy Chastain.
I would love to watch them when I was younger because they were all technically very skilled and great finishers.
2. You played a major role in helping UCLA capture a national championship in 2013. What was that experience like?
Caprice: Winning the first ever National Title for UCLA Women's soccer was definitely an experience I will never forget. It was such an awesome feeling to be up on that podium holding that trophy up and knowing that all the hard we put in during the off season paid off.
To say I was a part of a team that made history in the program and won a National Championship was such a dream come true.
3. What has been the one of the biggest changes that you've noticed thus far in making the transition from the college level to the professional level?
Caprice: One of the biggest changes I have noticed thus far in making the transition from the college level to the professional level is the speed of play and mentality. The pace and expectation from each player every day is very high even if the drill is as simple as one touch passing.
In college I was able to take a multiple touches because I had time, but now in the professional league, I barely have time for one touch.
4. Just how important is your preparation off the field (eating right, getting enough sleep, etc.) in helping you be the absolute best player that you can be?
Caprice: I've learned throughout my years of playing soccer that my preparation off the field (nutrition, sleep, etc.) plays a big role into me becoming the best player I possibly can be.
In order for me to perform my best, I have to be conscious of what I fuel my body with and the amount of sleep I get before a game or training session.
5. A lot of young players have a hard time communicating on the field. What are some good tips that you've learned over the years in terms of being vocal with teammates during a game?
Caprice: One good tip I've learned over the years in terms of being vocal with teammates during a game is that there is no such thing as being too vocal.
I use to be shy to speak up on the field because I always thought I had nothing important to say. I learned that during a game, players should always communicate whether it's giving direction, encouragement, or suggestions.
Communicating on the field makes the game simpler and makes everyone look good because everyone looks organized.
6. What is the best piece of advice that you've received throughout your career?
Caprice: The best advice I ever received throughout my career is to remember what makes you special/different and show it, know your role and be the best at it, and always have confidence, self belief, and persistence (know your goal and take a path that'll get you there).