Catching Up With Corey Hertzog
This summer, most of us have been spending our time at an internship or job, studying abroad, or frequenting the Jersey Shore. However, former Penn State soccer star Corey Hertzog might have the coolest summer job of anyone as a striker for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.
It’s been over six months since the Penn State alum was selected 13th overall by the New York Red Bulls. As a junior last season for the Nittany Lions, Hertzog led the NCAA in goals (20, a Big Ten record for single-season goals), points (46), and points per game (2.09) on the way to being a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection.
The Reading, PA native has made seven appearances for New York so far this season. About three weeks ago, Corey scored his first goal as a Red Bull in a 2-1 victory over FC New York. You can see his first goal at the 1:50 mark of this video.
Onward State tracked down Corey to see how he was getting acclimated to life as a professional soccer player.
RB: What was it like getting drafted to play professional soccer?
CH: It was awesome. I was able to go down to the draft with my mom and dad. It was definitely one of the greatest moments of my life.
RB: What was the biggest transition going from college soccer to the MLS?
CH: Players are bigger, faster and a lot smarter. It takes a while to get used to speed of play. Hopefully in the next year or so I’ll get adjusted to it.
RB: The Red Bulls have a world famous striker in Thierry Henry. Has he played a big role in mentoring you?
CH: He’s helped in many things. He shows me what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing right. Thierry has really Helped me transition to the pro game. He’s great guy and even a bigger help.
RB: What do you miss most about Penn State?
CH: Well, I don’t miss school. But I definitely miss hanging out with the guys in the locker room and seeing all my friends.
RB: Have you watched any of the Women’s World Cup this summer?
CH: I’ve been watching all of their games. They’re a great team, it’s been incredible to watch.
RB: What are your goals for the next few years?
CH: I want to work to get more playing time and (will) hopefully start with an MLS team sometime in the next couple years. I’m also looking to get quicker and stronger on the field.