Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
When Dylan Klein was six years old, he was cut from the Carle Place travel team.
“I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t good enough or what it was,” he says.
But like all great athletes, Klein didn’t give up. Instead, he tried out for the East Meadow travel team and made the “A” team.
“I sat on the bench a lot, but had a lot of great coaches who worked with me and helped me get better. I did my soccer homework on my own time, worked on my feet and over the years got to where I am today,” says Klein.
Where he is today is an All County athlete, Nassau County Player of the Year, and Conference III Player of the Year as well as a Nassau County Points leader with 13 goals and 18 assists. He also helped lead the Carle Place soccer team to victory in the state finals recently, a first for the Frogs.
“At the beginning of the season we knew we were very good, but we tried to take it one game at a time. But as you win one game, you gain momentum and it helps you keep going on. To say we ended up in the state rankings at number one is completely unreal,” Klein says.
Klein was also recently one of 61 boys’ soccer players in the country named an All American Athlete, the highest honor for any high school or college player and the first in the history of the Carle Place boys soccer program.
“It was unreal and completely humbling,” says Klein. “I didn’t expect to get it. And as much as it is a personal award for me, it should be reflected on my team because I couldn’t have done anything without my team supporting me.”
Many players on the Carle Place varsity soccer team have been playing together for 10 years on the local travel team, and that chemistry made them what Klein calls “the most skilled and talented teams Carle Place has ever had.”
Klein joined the Carle Place varsity team in ninth grade, with years of soccer experience behind him with the East Meadow travel league. He started out playing mid-field and as seniors graduated, evolved into a dominant player on the field.
“This year I was able to shine and they moved me up to forward,” says Klein. “Instead of looking to seniors when I was a freshman, that importance kind of moved on to me based on what I could do on the field.”
Klein is looking forward to taking his soccer career to the next level when he joins the Division 1 Hofstra University soccer team next year. He’s currently enjoying his senior year of high school, maintaining his 99 GPA and keeping his soccer skills sharp as he continues playing on the East Meadow travel team.
As he looks back on his successful high school soccer career, he says it’s a bittersweet feeling.
“That experience is something I wish I could have back, to play those games again. But I feel like I made the most of my time here and ended my career on a high note, so I can’t be sad about it.”