As we march to kickoff of the home opener on March 26, we will use 10 Questions to introduce you to the players on the 2022 Men’s team roster. Look for a different player featured each day — plus a couple days where will feature more than one. Our second feature is Alex McGrath, new to the club in 2022.
1: Did you ever have another dream career besides soccer?
A: Yes, I played a lot of cricket back in England and it was my dream to play professionally before pursuing soccer here in the United States.
2: How do you decompress after a long week of training?
A: I like listening to and playing music in my spare time. It helps me to relax and is something I have always done.
3: What was the most nervous you’ve ever been?
A: It would probably be when I proposed to my girlfriend, It was a lot more nerve wracking than playing soccer!
4: What are your preferred pre-game, locker room and post-game routines?
A: I don't really have too much of a pre-game routine, I sometimes listen to a bit of music but also I just like chatting with my teammates. I like to relax after a game so I normally listen to more relaxing music and talk with my friends and family.
5: What’s the most memorable sports moment you’ve had as a fan?
A: Watching Sunderland play in the League Cup Final at Wembley with my Dad.
6: What sporting event have you always wanted to go to and why?
A: I had always wanted to go to a baseball game because it is the American sport that most resembles cricket. Thankfully I was able to do that in Miami.
7: What’s your go-to meal the night before a match?
A: I am not too picky, but normally have quite a big meal such as Chipotle because I don't like to eat too much on the day of a game.
8: You haven't been in Chattanooga for very long yet... have you found any interesting spots or restaurants you enjoy?
A: When visiting Chattanooga I really liked the area around Finley Stadium, it has some great bars and restaurants like Southside Social and Feed.
9: What do you believe is the greatest challenge most athletes are facing today?
A: I would say that a lot of athletes find it hard to get a break in their respective sports but many find a way through with hard work and persistence.
10: Who inspired you as a young athlete? Why?
A: My Dad has always inspired me from a young age and I loved watching my favorite Sunderland players who were Kevin Phillips and Julio Arca. I also looked up to the Durham and England cricketers. I just loved watching both sports and I always wanted to make something of myself just as they had.
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