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Former International Player Coaching in Bismarck

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 Playing for your national team in any sport is every athlete's dream come true.
One soccer coach in Bismarck is sharing his experience with youth soccer players trying to help them reach those same dreams.
Jalen Jaspers has the story.

The U12 Dakota United Soccer Team has added some help to their coaching staff.

Former professional soccer player Ricardo Pierre-Louis has found a role with young soccer players here in Bismarck, but it hasn't been the easiest of journeys.
"Soccer is, it's a way to find life in Haiti, you know? A way to get your mind out of destruction, you know? There was nothing better for me to go through that part and be able to make it," says Pierre-Louis.
Pierre-Louis played through the National Team Academy in Haiti, spent time playing in France, then at the University of Tennessee, and even got drafted in 2008 to the Columbus Crew the year they won the MLS Cup.
3 months Pierre-Louis found his way to North Dakota through his wife who is from Bismarck.
He'll be coaching soccer and taking classes at the University of Mary while being involved with the young talent of the Dakota United Squad.
"Here in North Dakota it is very important to see the good job that the people in the community that are coaching soccer are doing really well, and that's what I'm here for and that's what I wanted to be connected you know? To be able to be part of that work, and I believe like in a few years to come soccer is going to be really big here."
The lifestyle that coach Pierre-Louis is trying to teach young kids is one that he believes is important to learn early in life, and goes beyond the practice field.
"It's basically to be professional because it starts at a young age, you know? More importantly for them to have fun and love the game because if they can learn at a young age to be professional and also loving the game and knowing the game, they can go really far."
With his career cut short due to a knee injury in 2010, Pierre-Louis is happy to finally be involved with the game that he loves again. A game that gave him rebirth.
"Going back to soccer is life again for me, it's more happy you know? After not being able to play it's almost like a little depression you know?"
Pierre-Louis' passion for the game is something he plans to pass down to the athletes that take the pitch right here in Bismarck.
"Most importantly it's being able to do the work where I can see the players here from Bismarck can go other places, go to college not only just play for fun you know? Just you know, It's not just another activity but also get serious in the game you know? Get to college and hopefully play professional some of them, and that's what I'm excited to see."
Coaches and players agree his presence has sparked excitement around the sport of soccer.

Ricardo Pierre-Louis is getting his masters in education at the University of Mary.
He also plans to help coach the Marauders Men Soccer team once the season rolls around...



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