Getting to know FC Edmonton’s Chance Carter: Balancing soccer with dentistry studies
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There’s no place like home, especially when your hometown club can offer you your first professional soccer contract.

Chance Carter signed with FC Edmonton this off-season after spending the last two years in the Vancouver Whitecaps FC residency program – his time out west was highlighted by two pre-season call ups with the big club.

The 18-year-old is no stranger to FC Edmonton either, having spent time in the club’s youth academy prior to his time with the Whitecaps.

Coach Paulus describes the 5’10” midfielder as having a rare breed of power, dribbling ability, and defending – while also mentioning that Carter has an impressive left foot and can launch an attack from deep positions on the pitch.

Here’s what you need to know about the FCE newcomer.

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NICKNAME: Cinho. That’s what everyone calls me. It was U12 and our coaches asked us to pick a nickname and everybody wanted ‘Dinho’ and then I just put a little twist on it. My initials are both ‘C’ so I just put ‘Cinho.’

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER AND WHY DO YOU WEAR IT?: My first choice is always six because one of my most recent favourite players was Pogba and he was six. It’s also the number of my position on the field so I’ve always liked the number six. That’s my first choice.

PRE-GAME ROUTINE: Music. I always do a prayer before kickoff too. I always try to carb load the day before the game or in the morning. I get a bagel or a lot of bread, something heavy in carbs.

PRE-GAME PLAYLIST: Music to get me pumped up, like hard rap. I like Pop Smoke.

FAVOURITE SOCCER CLUB: Manchester City. When I was younger nobody in my house really watched soccer so when I turned on the TV, Manchester City was winning everything so I just stuck to them.

FAVOURITE SOCCER PLAYERS: Paul Pogba and Yaya Touré.

WHAT’S THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR SOCCER CAREER SO FAR? Getting called to pre-season with the Whitecaps two times in a row and then playing against LAFC. I got to (plays against) Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, and all them. That’s when I knew I was able to make it somewhere if I just kept working hard.

JOB OTHER THAN SOCCER PLAYER?: I would be a dentist. That’s what I’m doing in school right now, that’s what I’m trying to study. I’m at MacEwan (University) right now just to get my Bachelor of Science and then transfer over to the (University of Alberta). I just thought if I’m not doing soccer what else am I interested in. At first it was physiotherapy because it’s around the sport and you get to be on the sidelines but then I started leaning more towards dentistry.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?: I think Yaya Touré. He just seems quiet and laid back so I’d want to get some answers out of him. He doesn’t seem like he talks about much to people so I want to be the one to get his secrets.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR OFF DAYS?: If I’m not too sore from training or a game I’ll go to the field with some of my guys just for a fun little kick around. Or we like to go out to eat at restaurants so some of the guys on the team go out and eat, little stuff like that. Cactus Club’s really good.

FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Money Heist. I just finished the last season. There’s so many plot twists and the professor is so smart, he’s just on his toes and never gets caught. He always has a plan, that’s what I like.

FAVOURITE MOVIE: I just enjoy anything horror really. I used to hate them but now they’re just like the only ones I can find interesting. I enjoyed Hereditary. Action and comedy is just boring to me.

FAVOURITE JUNK FOOD: Wendy’s. The Baconator, for sure. I also like Fuzzy Peaches; every time I’m at 7-11 I grab a pack of those.