US Navy’s Leo Potts works hard on, off pitch at WestSound FC

SILVERDALE, WA–-EPLWA.com was on hand when Leo Potts scored a brace to give WestSound FC their first home win. The photos that came from that match proved to be popular viewing on social media. So we knew we had to catch up with Leo and learn more about his life in soccer and beyond.

“I loved those photos of Leo,” says WestSound FC head coach Keith Sargent. “The sweat dripping off of his nose…that is pure Leo. He’s got a hard-working mentality.” (See photo gallery here.)

It’s no wonder then that in a region built on rivets and steel that WestSound FC would pick Potts as their Team Captain. Leo’s more than ready.

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“My favorite part of playing for WestSound FC has been helping to develop the mentality of some of our younger players with great talent. It has been a tough season and not reflective of the players ability, but it is a building year and I think our chemistry is developing well,” Leo says.

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard looms large in Kitsap, as does the Navy in general. Potts is at home on the pitch, and in uniform. “One of the highlights of my career is playing for the United States Navy soccer team. My hope is to play in the next Military World Cup. I work full time for the United States Navy and I have two children, but typically after work they are accompanying me to other matches on base or we are spending our time outside staying active. My son is almost two so we are working on his ball skills! Right now the focus is on supporting the USA in the World Cup!”

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How did Leo find his way to WestSound FC? “I connected with the boys from WestSound through indoor soccer at the Olympic Sports Center after being stationed in Bremerton. Playing against them sparked a  rivalry and respect factor. We connected and they asked me to a trial.”

“I grew up as a stiker/ attacking mid so I really love that role. Playing CDM for WestSound FC I find myself pushing forward as we have been struggling to finish. I love to play a silky but hard-hitting passionate game.”

Leo’s working hard and having fun in this new adventure. “I really like the EPLWA, it brings very good young talent, mostly college guys who are still eligible for school but need to play at the highest level without getting paid…so this league is perfect. It’s highly competitive and there has been an excellent spirit in every game.”

Potts, his family, and (at right) WestSound FC goalkeeper Jordan Hadden.
Potts, his family, and (at right) WestSound FC goalkeeper Jordan Hadden.

 

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