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Re: Cordell Cato Thread
« Reply #90 on: March 11, 2019, 08:17:05 AM »
All we players going down a level except Greg and he cant make T&T team....

Dennis real good.


Both teams in the same league.

In case you missed it, Greg has moved to Orlando City in the MLS.
I meant Cato. The team he left and the team he went to are in the same league. He didn't 'drop down a level.'

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Re: Cordell Cato Thread
« Reply #91 on: April 06, 2019, 09:06:42 PM »
WATCH: Cordell Cato nets his second of the season in OKC Energy FC's 3-2 loss to Portland Timbers 2.

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Kickiní it with Cordell
« Reply #92 on: August 24, 2020, 01:49:15 PM »
Kickiní it with Cordell
By Caitlynne Miller (oklahomacity.momcollective.com)


With three little boys who have played soccer, I was so excited to have the opportunity to chat with OKC Energy player, Cordell Cato and his wife, Jonelle Cato, who is also a soccer star! Cordell and Jonelle have two children and have lived in OKC for about a year. The couple was living long-distance before moving here and made their relationship work with lots of video calls!

What was your first impression when you found out you were coming to Oklahoma City?

Cordell: To be fair, it was up in the air. I didnít know what to expect. A lot of people didnít do Oklahoma justice; there were a lot of people that asked ďWhy are you going there?Ē But it has been good since weíve been here!

Tell us about your team!

Cordell: The team is better than last year. There are a lot of talented guys on the team this year; they come from a lot of different backgrounds. A lot of us get along well, which is a bit strange to be honest! If you bring a lot of personalities into one environment, sometimes the vibe doesnít work out that way. But this is a really good team.

Tell us about raising your kids in Oklahoma City!

Jonelle: I think itís a nice place to raise kids. Itís definitely family-friendly.

Cordell: Last year was a lot of getting to know Oklahoma, but this year was a lot more different parks, and the kids love being outside so itís nice! In the neighborhood weíre in, a lot of people are walking around (when itís not 100 degrees) and that is something thatís really top-quality here. Iím really grateful for that.

Where is your kidsí favorite place in OKC?

Jonelle: Chuck E Cheese!

Cordell: Chuck E Cheese is at the top of the list. My daughter points out Main Event every time we pass. We went there once, and I think the other one is Fun Zone. I actually really like that place too.

Why are you proud to represent Oklahoma City?

Cordell: When we go out, we are not just representing the OKC Energy team, but I feel that weíre representing the entire city at once. Oklahoma City welcomes us, so I feel like in a sense I need to do my best and give back to them in that way.

What does a typical day look like for you? Specifically, people want to know what you eat for breakfast (I was totally hoping he would answer Wheaties to this question).

Cordell: This year my breakfast consists of walnuts, blueberries, blackberries, mangoes, dates and bananas. Itís unusual, but thatís what I eat every morning for breakfast.

Our daughter wakes us up in the morning, sheís usually up first. We set them up with breakfast, thatís usually our first duty. I usually have to wake my son up; heís the lazy one. Now that Iím injured, I get to practice around 11 when itís just about getting done to kind of get set. We usually eat lunch in the car since itís about 1:30 and then they come back home and shower, 3:00 is nap time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnít. 6:00 is dinner and the kids have 7:00-9:00 to watch whatever they want, whether itís TV, the iPad, whatever. Thatís the typical day right now, but it will change when I start back going at the regular time to practice.

What is your proudest soccer moment?

Cordell: The first time I scored for the National team. That was the first game we played in the 2015 Gold Cup against Guatemala.

Do your kids dream of being soccer stars like their parents?

Cordell: Weíve never pushed them to play. My son will play when Iím playing. Heíll kick the ball all the time, or at practice, he will run around and play. He doesnít want to play for a team yet, but heís only four. When I ask my daughter, ďdo you want to go play for a team?Ē sheís like ďyeahĒ. Theyíre so close that she kind of mimics what he does, so maybe if it actually happens and he says no, sheíll probably be like ďI donít want to do thisĒ. As they get older, weíll see how it ends up.

What does a kid who dreams of being a soccer star needs to know?

Jonelle: I think they need to know that it is a long road. They have to be disciplined. Theyíre going to have those days when you wake up and donít feel like playing, especially when theyíre young. Just to be humble, and not to get too cocky. Also Ė just practicing for 5 minutes or 10 minutes can improve your game a lot!

Cordell: It is also important to enjoy the journey. When weíre kids, we tend to have fun with everything, no matter what we do. You can be playing with a shoe box as a kid and still have fun. But I think as you grow and get older into those adolescent years, it becomes ďOk I want to be great at this,Ē and you become obsessed with it and forget to have fun. Then it becomes more difficult. So I would say to keep having fun while youíre trying to become the best.

What advice do you have for parents?

Jonelle: It is so important to speak positivity into them. I make them say positive things about themselves every single day. They have five specific things they say to themselves every day: they are black and theyíre beautiful, they are strong, they are capable and they can do anything. I think itís important to pray with your kids as well.

Cordell: You get so caught up in work, itís very important, no matter how tired you are, no matter how driven you are, whether for money or a higher position, we tend to look so far ahead that we tend to miss whatís in front of us. Like my wife said, itís so important to spend that quality time because your kid is only going to be three for one year. All kids want is that time and that affection or for you to have compassion for them. I think thatís important as a parent, and thatís why I try to spend as much time as possible with them.

 

So there you have it: two award-winning soccer stars that have lives a lot like ours. They have kids that love Chuck E Cheese and waking up early and hate napping. They worry about spending enough time with their kids and stress about building them into amazing little people. Sure, they are more athletic and talented than most of us will ever be, but they wake up and eat their walnuts and fruit just like the rest of us.
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Re: Cordell Cato Thread
« Reply #93 on: September 30, 2020, 09:02:55 PM »
WATCH: A counter attack sees Cordell Cato scores his first goal of the season in Oklahoma City Energy FC's 3-2 loss to Tulsa Roughnecks.

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Re: Cordell Cato Thread
« Reply #94 on: October 03, 2020, 07:34:08 PM »
Cato scored to level the game 1-1. Nice link up play for the goal.

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Re: Cordell Cato Thread
« Reply #95 on: October 03, 2020, 09:34:45 PM »
WATCH: Cordell Cato scores for the second consecutive match during Oklahoma City Energy FC's 4-2 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

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