Why did you choose to play for the Lightning?: Hayden wanted to be apart of a professional team that is located in his hometown. He has strong ties to the Louisville community and it’s where his family calls home.
Goals for the year: Hayden wants to contribute as much as possible to the success of the team and the organization.
What advice would you give to young soccer players?: Work hard daily and set yourself a goal. John Michael Hayden always told himself that he wanted to be a professional soccer player no matter what, and when people asked him what it was he wanted to do that was always his answer. Goals are powerful and setting a clear path towards achieving them is essential for success. Never let outside influence deter you from that goal. Stay clear of negative influences and narrow in on what will get you closer to your goal is how you obtain that goal. Practicing daily and improving just small amount each day will guide you in the direction you want to go.
What are some lessons you’ve learned on your way to becoming a professional athlete? And what’s the hardest part about being a professional athlete?: As a professional athlete one learns how to take care of your body in a way that prepares you for competition daily. As an athlete, nutrition is something that you must be actively aware of if you want to stay competing at a high level.