Columbus soccer star, 12, aims for Olympics

Columbus soccer star, 12, aims for Olympics

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports when it comes to youth in America, and one Columbus teen has caught on to that trend.

Dante Johnson has been playing soccer for four years now, and his coach says the second he saw him play, he knew Dante was something special. 

Recently Dante had the opportunity to try out for teams outside of Columbus. He made the Georgia Developmental Team and then became the only player from the state of Georgia at his age group to be selected to the Regional 3 developmental team.

Dante will soon be traveling to compete in Pheonix, AZ for a shot to be selected to Olypmic National team for his age, something his coach says wouldn't be possible without his work ethic. 

"Absolutely, he is out here every day, his team only practices twice a week but he's out here everyday," said Scott Lacey, the President of Columbus Youth Soccer Program. "He loves the game and he is the type that really lifts everybodys level of play he is a selfless player."

Dante was thrilled to be able to compete with some kids that with similar talent level.

"Yeah, it was a lot faster and everybody knew what they were doing instead of having some people that were confused," Dante said. "I like helping them but that team I was just another person."

When we asked Dante who his favorite player was, he said Lionel Messi, but when asked who his favorite U.S. player was he said Carly Lloyd, quite the surprise for a young man.

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