Congrats to our very own Eric Meister who has cemented a spot on the US mens national beach soccer squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship!
Meister, who is known as one of the hardest working players at the club, was part of an 18-player camp that took place last week. 12 players from that group were selected to represent the United States at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifying event that takes place Dec. 1-5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – and Meister is on that list!
Here is the US Soccer press release announcing the 18-players camp. Once the official release on the 12-man team is out we will add it up! We wish Eric the best of luck and hope he comes back with some international caps under his belt!
Eric Meister joined the team last season for the Tournament of Iran Cup in Fullerton. At that time he had just arrived back to California after finishing college. Since that time, he has worked extremely hard for the team, and has ultimately cemented his position at left back. Ask any of the other players, and they are likely to say he is one the fittest on the team. I must also add that he has scored some cracking goals over the last year.
Tell us about you career before Doxa: Played club soccer in California then went to go play soccer for the University of Rochester. Played and started all 4 years, all conference player every year from 2004-2007 and was named to the region team 2006 and 2007. During college, I played PDL for the Indiana Invaders for two years. After college, I tried to play in the USL but nothing happened so I came home and have been playing with Doxa. Last January and February I was on trials with FSV Frankfurt which is a 2nd Division German team.
You missed last weekends game, why? How was it? Did not play last weekend because I was in Las Vegas with my friends for his bachelor party and his wedding. I don’t really remember the first 2 days but from what I remember it was a great time.
Favorite Player to play with: I like playing mostly with Nate Reeves because the guy is a machine. He loves playing, tackles hard and has fun with it, even though I think he is either drunk or hung over half of the games. Plus I cant stop laughing at the fact that he called a ref a donkey and started making donkey noises at him during West LA League.
Most Likely on the team to:
- Challenge you for the ball: There is just not one person,everyone on the team is so competitive, they all challenge for the ball.
- Score an Own goal: Ryan Taylor
- Score a 90th minute winner: I would say either Derk Droze, Bryan Byrne, or Ilia…I think everyone usually depends on them to score at critical times and they usually do.
- Miss an open net: Probably Ryan Taylor because Ive seen him do it so many times during training
- Get a red card: Nate Reeves, Steve Chirgy, Omar, Craig Reynolds those are the ones off the top of my head. Ive seen these guys get red cards all in the same weekend.
Other sports/hobbies? I like to surf, wake board, and play tennis
Childhood highlight: When I was younger my parents paid me for every goal I scored, I love the weekends
Favorite moment outside of soccer: hahaha, so many but this my favorite. Senior year in High school, my friend and I were at our schools football game watching Mark Sanchez pick our football team’s defense apart…it was 42-0 at halftime. The other team brought their mascot (a diablo) to our home field, so my buddy and I talked to our schools mascotts (cougars) and some how got them to give us their outfits. We walked out on the field during half time and saw the diablo looking at us and taunting us with his schools flag once we stepped onto the field. My friend and I looked at each other and started charging at him and we straight up laid him out in the middle of the field, right in front of their football team. We tackled the mascot and took their flag and ran around until we were caught by our principal and Assistant Principal. Everyone in the crowd was chanting “Animal Rights.” Once we were released from being scolded at, everyone who was at the game was outside in the parking lot cheering for us.
Anything else you want to add to spice it up: Believe it or another one of my friends and I have won several beer pong cash-tournaments around Orange County , I noticed Nate likes to play beer pong, so if Nate wants to really get hammered just play my buddy and I.