Recently we had the pleasure of asking Zak Drake some questions about his new side, Las Vegas Lights, as well as his football career as a whole and the work he does off the pitch.
What’s your journey been like so far as a footballer?
It's best explained on my website, but basically: youth in Canada, pro exposure in Brazil at age 15-16,
college scholarship to school in USA, after graduating played in Germany Australia and Portugal,
now I’m here in Vegas. It's been a real grind.
How did you become involved with Las Vegas Lights - what attracted you to the club?
I’m really looking to set the culture of the team and support the community as much as I can. This blank slate is a new opportunity.
What’s it like to be part of a brand new football team?
It’s great. The blank slate feeling almost gives you confidence because there are no previous failures, no bad habits, no negativity. It’s fresh and new.
What did you make of Las Vegas Lights’ first game against Montreal Impact?
It was so great to play in the first match in club history. It was also really cool that it was against a Canadian team! It was an honour. The fans made for a great atmosphere.
Are you personally confident about the strength of Las Vegas Lights going into next season?
Definitely. We have a lot of talent from Mexico and America. The coaches really know their stuff and I have full faith that by March, we’ll have it all sorted out!
What are your thoughts on your recently unveiled kit?
They're flashy. I think it represents the city well. The tag for the post was “we don’t do ordinary” and that shows with the unique style and the emoji on the inside!
As well as being a pro player, you also have your own website with tips to help people go pro. To give our readers a flavour of what you're about, what’s your number one piece of advice to a young player who wants to go pro?
Get clear on your goal, remind yourself of it often, and take tiny steps each day towards achieving it. When you get off track (and you will) start it over again.