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Know Your Strikers: Shawn Chin

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We sat down with Shawn Chin after training to get to know one of the Strikers newest arrivals. 

Read the transcript of our conversation below:

on his background…

I was born and raised in Miami, but my parents and all of my ancestors are born and raised in Jamaica. I’m actually Chinese-Jamaican.

on playing youth soccer locally…

I played here until I was 17 with clubs all over Miami and at Felix Varela High School.

on when he knew he wanted to play professionally…

Ever since I was young. When I was five of six years old they [teachers] used to ask us to draw what we wanted to be when we grow up and I would draw myself playing soccer in a stadium.

on his experience as a pro…

It’s been fun, obviously a dream come true. I’ve been away from home since I was 17. I’ve played in Edmonton, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and now I'm back here at home. It's been a journey and I’ve learned from everywhere I’ve been.

on his career highlight so far…

Making my debut. Getting it [his professional career] started back in 2011 for FC Edmonton. It was against Toronto FC at BMO Field in the Canadian Cup.

on his first few days with the Strikers…

I love it here. It’s home for me. All the guys are welcoming and everyone’s nice here. I’ve loved my experience so far.

on what he brings to the team…

My versatility. I’m naturally a winger, but I can play anywhere on the field. I play from end line to end line, up and down the field, and I like to run at defenders.

on coach Kronsteiner…

He’s a big reason why I signed here. I was training with the club at the end of last season, and I liked the trainings and what he had to say. I’m learning a lot from him. His coaching convinced me to sign. It’s great to be at home and have a coach that is very, very good.

on his goals for the season…

Help the team win, number one. Contribute with some assists and goals and just keep moving forward everyday.

on his goals for the future…

My ultimate goal is to get back with the national team. I was with the U-20s for a little bit, but I’d like to get onto the full team. That’s the long-term goal for me.

on the United States’ chances in the World Cup…

I think they’ll surprise a lot of people, I really do.

on the toughest player he has faced…

Jozy [Altidore]. When we were young we played each other a lot.

on the best  teammate he has played with…

[Alejandro] Bedoya. I played with him for two years at Boston College and he was just always someone you could depend on to win a game. He’s in France now playing at a very high level [with Nantes] getting lots of minutes, so I think for sure he makes the World Cup squad.

on how he spends his free time…

When I’m not playing soccer I like to hang out with family and friends. Kick back watch some TV, eat some good food and relax.

 

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The Strikers season kicks off April 12th against Ottawa Fury FC at Lockhart Stadium. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale by calling 954-606-0400 or at www.strikers.com.

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