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TEN QUESTIONS FOR SENIOR DEFENDER MARCUS GROSS
TEN QUESTIONS FOR
Q. At the midpoint of the season, how do you feel about the teamís progress and have your expectations for the year changed?
A. The expectations are still the same. It was a disappointing start, but I think we have come together as a team on the field. The results of late have been excellent, and we hope to continue that and go to the playoffs and the NCAA Tournament.
Q. Is collegiate soccer in the
A. I think it is everything I expected and more. The media attention, the passion behind the game, the quality of the soccer, the quality of coaching. I have been really delighted with it.
Q. What do you like best about UMBC?
A. ;The friendliness of the people, the staff, the coaches, and the other student-athletes. Everyone is interested and concerned how you are. It is kind of a family atmosphere here.
Q. What have you missed most while in the states?
A. Soccer on television isnít on as frequent. I miss family and friends, but I have made some really good friends here so that sort of eclipses that. I guess I miss the everyday soccer environment which you have in
Q. Thank goodness that __________ has been here with me at UMBC. Why?
A. Matthew McGowan, probably because of the ďEnglishĒ connection. There are a lot of things that we can relate to and we are going through the same experiences.
A. Definitely. Just in the time that I have been here, itís gotten so much bigger. The
Q. What is your favorite moment on the soccer field (goal, assist, an excellent tackle, e.g.)?
A. I think stopping a really good goal-scoring opportunity for a team. Making a last-ditch tackle when everyone expects the player to score and you come up with a defensive play. But there is nothing like scoring a goal, even as a defender, itís a great feeling.
Q. People that donít know me well, donít realize what about me?
A. Some people, when they watch me play ,they obviously see that I am quite intense, quite emotional, but off the field, I am a quiet guy. I like to read and do my own thing. There is a lot more to me than just being an athlete.
Q. What do you think your involvement will be with soccer after you finish your collegiate career?
A. Thatís up in the air right now. It would be great to have an opportunity to continue to play over here, but whether thatís going to be the case, weíll find out soon. If not, then I probably will end up pursuing soccer in
Q. Do you plan to go home after graduation or will you attempt to stay in the states for another degree or job?
A. To play here professionally, if I had the opportunity, Iíd look into it. Iíve had a girlfriend for six months, so she is trying to get me to stay. To be honest, I am so up in the air. Hopefully, there will be a decision made for me.