Summer Q&A: Goalkeeper Evan Louro
Aug. 18, 2014

MGoBlue.com's Scott Kemps recently caught up with freshman goalie Evan Louro, who is currently on campus taking part in the U-M Summer Bridge Program. From South River, N.J., Evan has been a member of the US National Team from 2009-13, and is ranked as the No. 2 incoming freshman goalkeeper in the country and No. 22 player in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Additionally, he is ranked as the No. 10 player in the nation by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

On choosing Michigan ...
I chose Michigan because it was the best athletic and academic combination for me. It is also a situation where everyone knows Michigan from an athletic standpoint -- whether it is football, basketball and soccer. When I first met Coach Daley he was talking to me about how he had this big movement planned, and I wanted to be a part of it for certain.

On the role distance from home (New Jersey) played in the selection ...
I had several opportunities coming out of high school in the collegiate and professional ranks, but distance from home really didn't play much of factor. Throughout my high school career I was with the U.S. National Team and I lived away from home for two years in Florida at the residency program. That situation also really helped prepare me for college life.

On his experiences with Coach Obando and Adam Grinwis thus far ...
The three of us are really excited for what is about to go on here next season. I am really looking forward to the experience from learning from Jhojan, as well as Adam, throughout this season. We're excited for the regular season to begin.

On how playing for the youth national team and Red Bull Academy prepares him for collegiate soccer ...
I think the past experience will really pay off for me. It's nice that I have been playing at a pretty high level for quite some time now. Things like the team travel and the rigors of a full season are aspects of the game that I have grown accustomed to.

On the type of goalkeeper he is ...
Personally, I have always thought of myself as a shot stopper first in terms of my style, as well as a quality distributor of the ball. I'm not really the type of keep that likes to just smash the ball on restarts, I would rather play the ball through the flow of the game.

On playing with current Wolverines Billy Stevens and Michael Kapitula ...
The fact that I know those guys coming in, and that Billy and I are both members of the freshman class, we are going to share these experiences together. Kappy did a really good job of selling the place to us, telling us how great and special of a place that Michigan was, in addition to filling us in on what to expect and how things are done and how we should conduct ourselves.

• Previous Q&A: Defender Billy Stevens


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