June 23, 2014
MGoBlue.com recently caught up with former University of Michigan men's soccer midfielder Fabio Pereira, who was a four-year starter for the Wolverines before playing his final season at U-M last season. Pereira recently became the ninth Michigan player ever to be selected in the SuperDraft, going No. 77 overall (fourth round) to Sounders FC. Recently, he made his MLS debut on June 18 in a 5-0 win over PSA Elite in the MLS Open Cup.
What has the journey been like this summer from Ann Arbor to Seattle?
It's been awesome so far. All players and staff were super welcoming and made it very easy for me to adjust. It was an easier transition than I expected due to such a good group of guys.
What has been the most eye-opening experience for you thus far?
Nothing is more important than hard work. In the professional level, talent isn't enough. You have to go to work every day and prove yourself on the pitch.
Although you have yet to crack first-team action, what has training/reserve league matches been like?
It's a very competitive environment. There's big competition in every single position so it's been tough to get a lot of playing time. I recently made my debut, and it was a very good experience. I felt comfortable playing with my teammates, and I hope to maintain myself in the 18.
What was your greatest memory at Michigan?
It's tough to name just one memory. Michigan was very special to me, and it will always be. If I were to name one moment it would be freshman year when we went all the way to the Final Four. That was a special year for myself and Michigan soccer.
What are your goals in MLS?
I want to learn and grow as a player as much as possible. My goal is to be a consistent impactful player in the league.
What is your outlook for the Wolverines in 2014? Who are some players to look out for?
Michigan soccer has been growing under the command of Chaka Daley and Tommy McMenemy. There will be a ton of talent to watch for this coming fall. Definitely keep an eye on Tyler Arnone and Marcos Ugarte, as both players are creative midfielders that have a bright future in the game. Adam Grinwis is also someone to keep an eye on, as he has proven to be a very good shot stopper and instinct to make those miracle saves. I believe that with the leadership of those three guys Michigan soccer 2014 will have a promising season.
Fans can follow Pereira's MLS journey by following @FabioPereira_10 on Twitter.
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