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May 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Catching up with Michael Seamon on his first day back (Q&A)

(Q: Thoughts on your first day back after going back to get your degree…) “It feels good. I’m really happy that I made that decision. So it was nice to be back out here, but it was pretty tough with the speed of play. I’m very happy I finished school and happy it worked out this way.”

(Q: On how to get back to being match fit…) “I guess just each practice. That was pretty tough out there today. Ezra looked at me at one point and said, ‘You’re pretty spent, huh?’ I was like ‘Yeah.’ No fitness can really compare to the speed of play that you play here. You’re moving quicker and everything so it’s tough. But yeah, a couple weeks and I think I’ll be in pretty good game shape and ready to go.”

(Q: Any soccer training while you were gone?) “I was playing with the Villanova team. Probably 3-4 times a week I was training with them, so I was getting my touches on the ball. The speed of play is not really comparable between college and the pros. It’s tough to get back into this speed and keep your touch. Otherwise, I did a 5K, did the beep test a few times, so I did some good fitness to get used to it. But like I said it’s not comparable.”

(Q: On teammate’s reception…) “It was nice. Everyone came and said, ‘Hi, how was school?’ I think the win this weekend had everyone in good spirits. Everyone was pretty happy, pretty nice, so it was good.”

(Q: What was your degree in?) “Criminal justice.”

(Q: What do you hope to do with that?) “I hope to play soccer with that (laughs). We’ll see. I’ll see how this goes, how my career goes, and think about that later.”

(Q: Why interested in criminal justice?) “I was always interested in police work, state trooper, something like that. I don’t think that’s a boring job, so I thought it’d be good. I’m not good at sitting behind desks or anything.”

(Q: On where you play on the field…) “I talked to Sigi before practice and basically any spot in front of the back four. There’s just going to see what I develop into, I guess. We’ll see what works out. There’s no spot set in stone. I still have to worry about getting a contract first and then we can worry where exactly I fit in on the field.”

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