Player Goes Pro!
Ben Dragavon is a 25 year old member of the MLS pool of goalkeepers.
He has been training with the Seattle Sounders FC since January.
Dragavon is a WWU and Monroe High School grad who has fond memories of
his years playing for Snohomish United. The following is an interview
with Dragavon reflecting on his time with the Snohomish club.
What is your 1st memory about Snohomish
MY EARLIEST MEMORIES WERE OF MY OLDER BROTHER
PLAYING FOR SNOHOMISH UNITED. I REMEMBER GOING TO HIS GAMES AND ALWAYS
WANTING TO PLAY FOR THE CLUB.
What is your fondest memory about
PROBABLY THE TOURNAMENTS AT STOCKER FIELDS...THE
BIGFOOT, SNOHOMISH UNITED INVITATIONAL, I HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES FROM
THOSE TOURNAMENTS AND GAINED FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY.
Who had the biggest impact for you at
MY DAD BECAUSE HE WAS MY COACH AND WAS/IS ALWAYS
THERE FOR ME AND PUSHED ME TO WORK HARD. ALSO ZOLI DOLD, MY FIRST
GOALKEEPING COACH, HE GAVE ME
THE TOOLS TO BECOME WHO I
Are you still in contact with old team
mates from Snohomish United?
DEFINATELY. SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS PLAYED WITH ME
AT THAT CLUB.
How many seasons did you play with
Snohomish United. Did you also play recreational at SYSC?
I BELIEVE I WAS AT THE CLUB FOR 5 YEARS. I PLAYED
RECREATIONALLY IN NORTHSHORE.
How many seasons did you play at
Snohomish United and who were your coaches?
5 YEARS. MY COACHES WERE MY DAD, JEFF PETTIT, AND
At what point in your soccer career did
you decide to become a goalkeeper?
GROWING UP I ALWAYS PLAYED ON THE FIELD AND IN
GOAL. WHEN I STARTED WORKING WITH ZOLI IS WHEN I PRIMARILY BECAME A
Have you been back to your old stomping
ground since leaving?
I HAVEN'T BEEN BACK IN AWHILE. I BELIEVE A VISIT
IS IN ORDER.
As an ex-Snohomish United player, what
advice would you give to young players who want to follow in your foot
PRACTICE, WORK HARD, AND PRACTICE AGAIN. I CAN
ONLY HOPE THAT YOUNG PLAYERS CAN LOOK AT MY PATH TO
BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL AND REALIZE THAT WITH HARD WORK, ANYTHING IS
Dragavon's story of dedication,
discipline, and love of the game is inspiring and full of hope for our
young United players. With a strong and challenging youth soccer club we
have the power to send players to the MLS for years to come!
Ben at the Bigfoot Tournament 1998.
Picture taken from deceased grandmotherís album
Interview by Snohomish United
Article by Dana D. Oppelt