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About+Bio - Cameron Porter #39
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My Story

Introduction

Hello there! My name is Cameron Porter. This is my website / blog / place to put stuff I like and think about in general. I hope you are enjoying it so far. I spend a fair bit of time making it look cool and filling it with things I think are dope just for you. Before you move on and hopefully continue perusing the site, what follows is a little bit more about me!

Short Story


Long Story

I figured I would start with a photo because a photo is worth a thousand words and thus is fitting for the long story. The photo below is of me (so that you know what I look like) and my sister Bre (because she has more swag than I do).

Me and My Sis (Bre)

We are in Rittenhouse Square (Philly) posing

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I was raised in Dayton, Ohio, USA. For those of you who don’t know where Dayton is or for that matter Ohio, I have included a very helpful map below showing where Ohio is and the somewhere where you are is (courtesy of the artistic sis).

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I began my schooling at a small (< 48 peeps in my graduating class) K-12 private school (Miami Valley School). Needless to say I did not have the largest group of friends, but those I did have are friends for life. Over the course of my first 18 years, little else besides family, friends, soccer, and being a nerd have consistently defined my life.

My Great Friend Nick and I

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Although it may seem I had rather limited existence, at various moments over the course of my youth I participated in sports ranging from gymnastics, to swimming, to squash, ventured from the Galapagos, to Austria, to Hong Kong and dealt with the pains of divorce, the passing of a grandfather, and the end of the relationship with my first “love”. All in all this left me very prepared for the next phase of my life as a student-athlete at Princeton University where I almost immediately made a name for myself (2011). Freshman year in an attempt to show off my dance skills during the intermission of a BAC performance, the following occurred:

During my time at Princeton I learned the importance of doing what you love. Entering school as an economics major, I was following Princeton’s glorified path towards the golden egg (a finance job). Thanks to some guidance from true friends and the desire to try something new I discovered another passion of mine, computer science!

A new passion in hand, the first 3.5 years (2011-2014) at Princeton I spent my time doing too much of some things and too little of others (if you know what I mean). Along the way I would join The Ivy Club where I would meet three of my best friends (Nick, John, and Carter). Nick, John, Carter and I had the pleasure of partnering together to start a company the spring of our junior years. We called the company the Ivy Research Council and were nothing more than 8 Princeton students and some dogs in a house trying to build something special.

Don't Worry We Were'nt Always that Serious

Left -> Right, Top -> Bottom | Bret, Spencer, John, Emory, Nick, Me, Hannah, Matt, Carter

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In many ways, choosing to enter the world of entrepreneurship the summer before my senior year was a way of finally giving up on my lifelong dream of playing professional soccer. However as the summer wore on, I found myself waking up earlier and training harder than ever before. I guess dreams don’t go down without a fight. Returning to school that fall I went on to have my best soccer season yet (2014). I led the nation in goals and points, but more importantly I won an Ivy League title with a group of my closest friends.

The Most Happiest of Days (Ivy Title)

2014

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That winter, I dropped out of school without having been invited to the combine (unlike most Major League Soccer prospects) and focused on my training. Fortune was on my side as injuries to those invited before me landed me a spot in the combine at the last minute (literally was about to get on a plane to another event). I was eventually drafted by the Montreal Impact and earned a contract a couple weeks later (February 2015). I barely expected to make the roster my rookie season, but what do you know, I made my home debut in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Even crazier, this happened…

I had reached a new high. Two weeks later I would reach a new low. In my second MLS game I tore almost every ligament in my knee (ACL, LCL, MCL, IT band, hamstring). I was trapped in a bed with what I was told could possibly be a career ending injury or if I was lucky a twelve month rehab watching on social media as my friends celebrated the spring of their senior years, graduation, summer travels, and the beginnings of their new lives.

High on Pain Killers in the Hotel

I don't like Gillette Stadium, but there is a Five Guys near it!

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I made the decision to stay in Montreal for my rehab in order to be with the team. I don’t regret this decision as I have many fond memories from my year there, but it did make it more challenging when I decided to re-enroll in school that next fall at Princeton. Without online courses, I was forced to do the best I could to keep up with classes after finishing rehab in the afternoon on my own via textbook while emailing all of my homework to friends to turn in back at school. I would fly back to Princeton for tests (oddly enough that is what I am doing now as I write this). I will graduate in the spring of 2016 after completing my thesis (which is related to the MLS so hopefully I can post some interesting findings on this blog).

Me not being with my Three Best Friend Roomies

Joe, Yifan, Not Me, and Sam (Spring 2015, Princeton)

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Thanks to the hard work of the medical staff in Montreal and grueling rehab hours, I was able to get cleared in only 8 months. Thus as we enter 2016, I am left with a new lease on life. Princeton classes completed and fully healed, I look forward to my first full professional season, continuing my involvement with the Ivy Research Council, and of course populating this site with the many things that bounce around my mind.

Happy living,

Cam

12 comments


Dani

Man, you are great and this is just the beginning. You are humble and down to earth.
I’m glad we’ll see you back with the team we all learned to love.
When you love a team, you love it because what it represents.
In this case, it’s you, the players like you, like Victor Cabrera, like Donny Toia: players who want to interact with us, the fans, what makes that love to be big.

Soccer is passion and is social. While the ball is rolling, the passion is floating there. When the game is over, it’s the relationship between players and fans what keep the passion alive.

Although I’m from Argentina and I have been watching River Plate for years with my dad on TV and the Stadium, my team is the Impact, my kids team is the Impact, my wife team is the Impact and you guys are what keep that love alive.

Keep moving forward Cameron, but never lose how humble you are. That will always define you.

December 27, 2015 (17:19) - Reply
Cameron Porter

Thank you for the comment. Hopefully this website becomes a great place for us to interact. Looking forward to a big season next year.

December 28, 2015 (14:45) - Reply
Sylvia

Cameron, You are a great example of hard work and dedication, Most importantly, you are showing the younger generation that education and passion for your sport is a very good combo and that you can make it work.

True story: I was 10 days away from giving birth, watching the CONCACAF game at home because I couldn’t take a chance attending the game at the Stadium. When you scored THE goal, I jumped and screamed like every IMFC fans that night, Baby probably celebrated too. You gave me one of my best pregnancy memories 🙂

Congratulation for signing with us, and can’t wait to see you play next year!

December 27, 2015 (18:12) - Reply
Cameron Porter

Thank you for the kind words and the amazing story. Hopefully we can make some more great memories next season.

December 28, 2015 (14:51) - Reply
Martin

Woah, I just saw you signed back with the Impact, Fantastic news, I’ll be looking forward to #39 back in action. My season ticket will be worth it. Have a great season !

December 27, 2015 (18:14) - Reply
Cameron Porter

I look forward to being back in action too!

December 28, 2015 (14:52) - Reply
Will

Just heard about your new contract with the Impact ! GREAT NEWS! Can’t wait to cheer you guys next season!

December 28, 2015 (00:01) - Reply
Cameron Porter

Hopefully we can give you lots to cheer for next season.

December 28, 2015 (14:56) - Reply
Zach

What I find crazy is that you are successful in everything you do even though you have A LOT to do! Your work ethic amazes me and inspires me so much. As an 18 year old guy trying to be the best at everything I do and the best person I can be, you truly are an inspiration!

My story looks a little bit yours but it does not have the same ending because I gave up. I started playing soccer when I was around 5 years old. From 5 to 11 or 12, I was dominating the small league I was playing in, scoring sometimes 7 goals a game, until I got a call to move up and play for the town’s A team (ranges are from A to AAA, AAA being the best). The next 2 years, I was moving up and down the A and AA team, dominating in the A and being “good” in the AA. That was until my coach relocated me as a defender, which I excelled at. At that position, I could take advantage of my body and I simply loved doing slide tackles. A year later, I moved up with the AAA squad.

Our team got invited to a college showcase in Boston, where recruiters from every universities were sitting in the stands. I really thought it was my chance to realize my dream of playing for an American university. I was ready to give my best and to dominate. I started the first game and 5 minutes into the game, I broke my leg and tore a ligament while doing a slide tackle (that I missed, it was for sure the worst slide tackle I ever attempted). After almost 1 year of rehabilitation, I was motivated to get back on the field. During the first practice, I sprained my ankle. A couple weeks later, I sprained my ankle again, and then again, and then again. I decided to stop playing with the AAA team and stop soccer for a while. This summer I went back to where I started playing, in the small local league I used to play and it was fun, but I miss the competition so bad.

Even though I don’t really play anymore, I still enjoy the game. Soccer was my first love and even today, my love for the game is indescribable. I attend every Impact game I can and watch every single game on TV.

I will always remember the atmosphere in the stadium after your goal. It still gives me goose bumps when I think about it.

I know that this was just a small peak of what you will accomplish through your MLS career and I can’t wait to witness even more of your talent!

Go Impact, and never give up!

-Zach

January 13, 2016 (18:58) - Reply
Claudie

I’m happy you’re back with the Impact for 2016. I hope you make us live good times.

January 14, 2016 (01:39) - Reply
Zoe

Hey that’s a nice website you got there. Just wanted to say I think it’s really cool that you’re so optimistic and perseverant with everything that happened with your knee and I guess that watching & listening to you in your interviews just helped me go through it as well (I tore my ACL like a month before you did) . I can’t wait to see you play for the impact next season. For so many fans you were life this huuuuge hero that scored that epic goal but for me you’re also a role model. I mean, it’s nice to have someone to look up to. Thank you for being so brave, you have no idea how it affected me!

#ACLbuddy

January 30, 2016 (00:58) - Reply
Latif

Cam, you are a talented individual who gives inspiration to all you come across. From the beginning, I had confidence that you will make it. The only stopper was you buy you allowed yourself to excel. Continue working hard and have fun while at it. You make us all proud.

February 13, 2016 (11:27) - Reply

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