[LMOTP]: What were you proud of this past season, and where would you like to improve?
[DB]: “I think what I’m most proud of is being part of a team that had a great start to a season, did some great things at the start, and then throughout two-thirds of the way through, towards the end, had a tough run. And there was a lot of pressure because we’d already set a standard, and maybe we weren’t meeting those standards and we managed to grind out a spot in the play-offs. And I think to come through that difficult part of the season and to finish with a playoff spot in our first year, I think is something we can all look at and be very proud of. I would love to improve my ability to see what’s next. So a lot of the time the ball will be rolling to me, and it will end up at my feet, and then I’m thinking right what do I do with the ball. And at this level, a lot of the time, I was too late. I like to watch Juan Guzman in training and David Estrada. These guys are so good at before the ball’s even landed at their feet, they know what’s coming next. They know the next pass. They know they’re gonna shoot or set it or dribble. I think at the moment something I could improve on is before I’ve even got the ball, having a pretty solid idea of what’s coming next and what I can do with it."
[LMOTP]: How are the fans here different than other fans you have played in front of?
[DB]: “This is my first year as a professional, so it’s difficult to compare college, you don’t really get a huge amount of fans in college, so my experience with fans is mainly started this year. I think growing up in England there can be a cut-throatness to fans; there’s a slight edge of brutality when teams aren’t getting results and not winning and it’s all a bit everything’s fantastic or everything’s the end of the world. But I think New Mexico United there’s a good balance of we need to improve here or get better here and enjoying the high moments when they come along.”
[LMOTP]: What is the best thing about the team culture?
[DB]: “A lot of good things. I think if I have to choose one it’s that no player is wanting or willing to put the team second to themselves. Every player knows that what we are doing is for the team, and whether it be in training or when you’re not playing and you feel like you should, or you’re on the bench, there isn’t a level of complacency or complaining. There isn’t a level of discomfort or disgruntledness that you see in a lot of other teams. Guys want to play and want to give the best of their ability at all times. And I think that’s very rare, and very special that the guys can be so invested in the team as a whole and want to put the team before themselves.”
[LMOTP]: What is your favorite place to go in New Mexico?
[DB]: “You mean apart from Isotopes on game day. I enjoy visiting different tea shops and coffee shops. Just today I went to New Mexico Tea Company for the first time near Old Town, and yeah just those little tea stores and coffee shops, Blackbirds, all these places are great. I like to go in the afternoon after training, and kind of sit and hang out and meet people there and say hi. I’m good friends with one of the owners of Prismatic and it’s just a really good place to just kind of hang out and reflect on the day or where you’re at in the season.
[LMOTP]: Who was your hero growing up?
[DB]: “Sounds cliché but my Dad was. He never played soccer, he played rugby, but you’ve gotta be tough to play rugby. It’s a tough man’s sport. And he was very good. I took a lot of inspiration from him because he worked so hard in anything he did. Friendships, relationships, the family, sport. My Dad was everything to me. If he said jump, I’d say how high.”