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Kemp takes on a leading role

Updated: April 16, 2009, 8:41 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

A few years earlier, this would have seemed impossible: Taylor Kemp representing his country as one of the nation's elite soccer players.

Back then, Kemp wasn't even in the discussion of top players in Colorado, never mind the whole nation. But last summer there he was. It began with a trip to England with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, followed by a journey to Uruguay and Argentina with the U-18 squad.

Kemp soaked up every minute of it.

"It was incredible," ...

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