Carlos Patino, who played a pivotal role for the Pumas in 2015, has continued to shine for the Seattle Sounders 2 (S2) of the USL for the second consecutive season. Patino made 10 appearances for Kitsap scoring two goals en route to helping the club clinch the Northwest Divisional title with an undefeated record of 10-0- 2.
“Playing for Kitsap gave me the opportunity to show myself to other teams,” said Patino. “I liked the group of guys and we managed to get good results. The environment everyday at training was also very competitive and challenging so it was up to me to step up to that level and do my best.”
Born in Colombia, Patino moved to Alberta, Canada at the age of 10. His outstanding play from an early age earned him a selection to the Alberta Provincial Team. The creative midfielder also spent time with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program before playing one season with CAFA in Colombia and then for FC Edmonton of the NASL in 2013.
Following the Pumas early exit from the 2015 Western Conference Finals at the hands of FC Tucson, S2 wasted no time in adding the savvy youngster to their roster.
“At first the toughest part for me was just getting to training everyday,” recalled Patino. “For about two weeks I had to leave my place at around 4am to bus four hours to Starfire and then I would not get home until about 7pm. The level wasn’t too much different than what I had experienced before but the traveling was definitely a struggle.”
After joining S2 Patino helped the ailing Rave Green clinch the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot before falling to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the first round. In total he made 12 appearances for the club and was one of only a few players from that roster asked to return for the following season.
Patino has proved to be a dependable asset as he has featured in 15 games so far this season for a total of 597 minutes and even notched his first career USL assist earlier this month in a 4-1 win against the Real Monarchs.
S2 (9-11- 8) currently sit at 11th place in the Western Conference of the USL with under a month to go in the regular season. With conference leading Sacramento Republic only fourteen points above them, Patino hopes to draw upon his diverse playing experience to help his club get back to the postseason.
“I just try to do what I have always done which is bring my own style to the game each day,” said Patino. “The USL is a bit more physical than I was used to but overall the level is very similar to what I have already experienced at the PDL and NASL.”
Although Patino has capitalized upon his natural ability, it is his willingness to sacrifice for his dream and his tireless work ethic that have helped separate him from most other players his age.
“The main thing that I have learned from my experience is to never give up,” Patino said. “There are so many teams out there and if one team doesn’t like you or treat you well then there is probably another that will. Each day you have the opportunity to get better and if you manage your time well you can accomplish anything.”