Peter Schropp actually is looking forward to taking out the garbage.
The Omaha soccer standout has returned home after a year in the U.S. national team's residency program and will be playing for Omaha Creighton Prep next spring.
It's time to be a kid again, the junior-to-be said, and he'll respond with a smile when mom Molly asks him to do his old chores — at least temporarily.
“You learn to appreciate the little things that might have annoyed you,” he said.
Schropp's U.S. squad didn't qualify for the World Cup, so that group has disbanded and a new cycle of younger players will move into the Florida residency program. He'll continue to be called to play for the under-18 team.
Schropp made one last trip to Azerbaijan for a tournament this summer, but now is getting a few weeks off before school starts. He's getting reacquainted with his old buddies and going tubing at the family's lake house.
“I'm so excited,” he said.
Schropp said his year in Florida changed him as a person and as a soccer player.
He had to learn to take responsibility for waking himself up in the morning, doing his own laundry and at times getting his own meals. He traveled to new parts of the United States and the world, playing in countries such as Panama, Argentina and Spain.
“I became so much more mature and independent,” he said.
He now has buddies from across the country, including some who have already turned pro in Germany. That has given him input into how the game is played outside the Midwest.
“I feel like I'm an all-around better player,” Schropp said.
He says it will be “super weird” to return to high school soccer and expects the pace to be much slower than the international game. It won't be so serious either. No more equipment guy laying out his ironed uniform before matches.
After going to regionals with the under-18 Omaha Football Club team, he's back with his peer group and playing with the under-17 squad.
He's glad to be home, but still excited about the opportunities ahead.
“I'm really happy I went. I don't regret it at all,” he said. “The traveling was unbelievable, and all the guys and the camaraderie.”
Omaha Football Club finds new director in Bennett
Tim Bennett has been named the new executive director of the Omaha Football Club.
He replaces Shane Piper, who resigned in May after two years as director.
Bennett brings more than 15 years of experience at the college level. Prior to joining OFC, he was associate head coach of women's soccer at the University of Arizona. He's also been assistant or staff coach with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, Iowa State, Portland State, North Dakota and Kentucky.
Bennett has been coaching boys and girls select club teams since 1988. He's had five Kentucky youth soccer state champions, two Oregon state champions and two North Texans state cup champions. He's also coached an under-19 USYSA national championship team.
“As a person who grew up in Omaha, this is a professional dream to combine my passion for soccer with my desire to be with family and friends,” Bennett said.
Bennett was an all-state player for Omaha Westside.
Omaha Bryan coach steps down with health concerns
Terry Buschelman is stepping down as the boys soccer coach at Omaha Bryan.
Buschelman has coached soccer for 15 years, six at Bryan, but made the decision because of some health problems.
He faces his second heart surgery this summer, and said he didn't feel like he could give his players or Bryan his all.
“I don't know if I'll be up to coaching again the game I love, but I hope so,” Buschelman said.