Meet 17-year-old Soccer Player Jack McInerney

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Jack McInerney is living every young soccer player's dream. He's only 17-years-old and he's currently a Major League Soccer player drafted straight out of high school to the Philadelphia Union. Jack talked to JSYK during an exclusive interview last week where he gave us a glimpse into his sweet soccer life.

"It was a dream come true," he says. "Coming out of high school and playing in a professional environment where some of the guys are double my age... it's really been a dream come true."

Playing soccer since he was 4-years-old, McInerney hasn't always been set on a professional soccer career. Like most teens wrapping up high school, college was on his mind too.

"The beginning of my senior year I was debating on college or going pro," he said, "and then towards the end of the year I started playing better and it just answered the question for me. I'll probably go one day and take some classes when things are more settled and situated."

He definitely doesn't have an average teen's life now, but from what he told us, it seems like Jack had a pretty normal upbringing. "My freshman year I went to a public high school then I went and trained with the national team for the rest of my high school career and that was at a private school." All of his classmates were his teammates, but don't worry he did get to go to prom his senior year!

Okay, so maybe going to a school where you play soccer all of the time isn't quite normal but it's still so awesome! We wondered if his friends treat him any differently now that he's a professional player. He said that his closest friends treat him the same but that there are still those random ones that he doesn't talk to much that treat him a little bit different.

Keep reading for more of our interview with Jack including why fans used to call him "Justin Bieber" at games and who he's rooting for in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Just like probably every other teen out there, Jack tunes into his iPod when preparing for a game. "I mostly listen to rap being from Atlanta and that's what I'll listen to before a game."

Knowing he's from Atlanta, we just had to make the connection between A-town and Usher and of course the Biebs. We asked Jack is he was familiar with Justin and he said he doesn't really listen to his music, but people have called him "Justin Bieber" before because of the way he used to style his hair!

"In some of the stadiums they used to chant that I look like him but I actually just cut all of my hair so I don't think I'll get that anymore."

How funny is that?! We also asked him about what shows he likes to watch on TV, but because Jack's so busy he said he doesn't really have time to watch that much TV or to even go check out a movie. Sometimes you have to be willing to give up things in order to do what you love to do and for Jack it seems to be paying off.

Jack made his professional soccer debut on March 25, 2010 in the opening game of the MLS season against Seattle. In May 2010 he scored his first professional goal in a game between Philly and Los Angeles. So what's his personal advice for those wanting to be like him?

"Work hard no matter what, you'll have your ups and downs but if you fight through it you'll eventually succeed and get to where you want to be."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Jack's main goal is to one day represent the U.S. in the World Cup and by the way it is going now, we are sure that day is going to come.

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Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Jack McInerney #19 of Philadelphia Union kicks the ball against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Rio Tinto Stadium May 8, 2010 in Sandy, Utah.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Mohamed Hussain of the United Arab Emirates battles with Jack McInerney of USA during the match between USA and United Arab Emirates at the The Gateway International Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Goalkeeper Nick Rimando #18 of Real Salt Lake kicks the ball away against Jack McInerney #19 of the Philadelphia Union during an MLS soccer game on May 8, 2010 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

The starters for the Philadelphia Union pose for a team picture before an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake on May 8, 2010 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

First-round draft pick Jack McInerney of the Philadelphia Union and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber pose for a photograph during the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls and Jack McInerney #19 of the Philadelphia Union battle hard for a loose ball during their game at Red Bull Arena on April 24, 2010 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Nat Borchers #6 of Real Salt Lake heads the ball past Jack McInerney #19 of Philadelphia Union during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Rio Tinto Stadium May 8, 2010 in Sandy, Utah.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

Ecuador's Fernando Hidalgo (8) and the Philadelphia Union's Jack McInerney duel for the ball during practice at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney

The Philadelphia Union's Jack McInerney, left, and Ecuador's Marcelo Fleitas go up for a header during practice at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Pics of MLS Soccer Player Jack McInerney



And just so you know, Jack is of course hoping for a great U.S. soccer team performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he also thinks Spain will do well. Have you been watching the World Cup on TV?

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