Buffalo Grove native Gordon Gurson set to be indoor pro

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When the unfamiliar area code came across his smartphone last week, Gordon Gurson’s first thought was that it was a telemarketer.

Good thing that Gurson, a 2010 Stevenson graduate, decided to pick up the phone.

The call was to inquire whether he would be interested in playing in the newly formed Major Arena Soccer League. After an exchange of phone calls and e-mails, Gurson, a striker, agreed to a contract and will begin his professional career in the Seattle area later in the summer.

“Playing professional soccer is something I’ve been dreaming about since I was 7 years old,” said Gurson, the all-time leading goal soccer at Robert Morris University (44 goals). “The indoor game is completely different from the outdoor game, but it’s a great [way] to get my professional career started.”

In the interim, Gurson, who grew up in Buffalo Grove, will continue to play for the Chicago Inferno of the USL Premier Development League. Gurson played in the team’s first two games this year but is expected to be out about two weeks while he recovers from an ankle sprain. He hopes to see more action for the Inferno before starting his pro career.

This is Gurson’s third summer playing with the Inferno. He was the first player to sign with the Inferno in 2012. The Inferno and the league is filled with international players and Gurson said that diverse competition helped him grow as a player.

“The players are bigger, stronger and faster and you have to be able to adjust your game,” he said. “It’s a [high level] of soccer.”

After graduating from Stevenson, Gurson played one season for Memphis before transferring to NAIA Robert Morris. Regardless of the level Gurson is playing at, he’s always demonstrated the ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

“Going up against him was the worst part of my practice because that kid would always score goals on me,” Robert Morris senior goalkeeper Julian Soto said with a smile. “He was a team leader and the central motivator for the team. We all followed his example.”

John Pothast, a Lake Zurich graduate who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with Marquette, is a teammate of Gurson’s with the Inferno.

“It’s nice to be on the same field with him,” Pothast said. “I remember always hearing his name in high school; he was a goal-scoring machine.”

At 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, Gurson has always been one of the smaller players on the team. He said that he takes motivation from being underestimated.

“I remember playing against a college team and they were saying don’t mark the little guy; he’s nothing,” Gurson said. “I had a hat trick that game and jumped over a 6-foot-2 center back. To me, soccer is all about positioning and putting myself in the right spot.”

A philosophy and formula that has served him well at every level — preps, club, college and now the pros.

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