USA’s player Joshua Walker talks about his experience.
1. I wish I understood more of what was expected of me as a foreign player. The teams I’ve played for didn’t bring me in as a role player. They brought me in as a scorer, leader, coach, trainer, and almost a father figure it seems like. If players think they can head over seas and only concentrate on improving their own skills and helping a team win like a college experience, they’ll be as shocked as I was.
2. I wish I was at least bilingual. I know a little Spanish, but nothing is more dissatisfying than meeting teammates that know 3 or more languages. It’s not a big issue since most speak some form of English, but nothing helps players bond faster than learning and trying to speak their language.
3. I wish I knew the right questions to ask before signing. I’ve gotten a lot better, but it seems every year I have to add things to my list of things I need or won’t do…
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