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September 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC’s newest addition, Adam Moffat

moffat practiceSounders FC newest addition, Adam Moffat, practiced with the team for the first time Monday. He was acquired just before the roster freeze in a trade with Houston that sent midfielder Servando Carrasco and a second-round draft pick to the Dynamo.

Moffat is a Scotsman with a great accent, which unfortunately won’t come across in this post, but here is a transcript of what I felt was an entertaining and informative introductory interview:

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(Feel a little cold?) “It’s freezing, man. … It’s a bit different obviously, but it’s nice to be here. It’s refreshing.”

(How did you feel about the trade?) “I was shocked at first. I didn’t see it coming. And then I was told it was Seattle, and it was a good thing — my wife is from the West Coast, the team is doing great. Sometimes you see those trades happen at that point of the season and it’s guys going to a team at the bottom of the table, and it’s tough. I’m coming to a great place. It’s amazing the form the team is in and I hope to add to that.”

(What’s your relationship like with Sigi Schmid?) “He’s the guy who brought me into the league. I came over and played for Martin Rennie in the USL. Sigi saw me play a few times there. He brought me in at the end of the ’07 season, played a good few games for him in Columbus and then got injured. That was tough, but he knew what he got from me. I give everything I’ve got when I’m out there. It was good, and I’m happy to be back playing for him.”

(How did you decide to come to America to play?) “It was funny. It was out of the blue. It was a random phone call. I was playing in the third division in Scotland at the time, kind of not headed anywhere good. The third division in Scotland isn’t where you want to be if you want to have a career. So it didn’t look too good for me at the time — I was 20 years old. I got a phone call from an old coach, he said, ‘Hey, a friend of mine is coaching a team in Cleveland, Ohio. Do you know anything about Ohio?’ I said, ‘I know LeBron James. That’s about it.’ So I went over and played in the USL for four months. It was great. It was like a second chance for me. It’s tough in Scotland. It’s the main sport and everyone wants to play it. There aren’t that many teams, so opportunities aren’t as great, so I was thankful to get that in the U.S. and thankful for Sigi bringing me into the league.”

(When did you get in? Did you see the game Friday?) “I was not (there), no. I just got in last night. I came in during the storm. That was an interesting flight. But yeah, flew over the Seahawks game, so that was good to see. It was nice and bright. Got in last night, so hopefully get settled soon.”

(What’s the reputation of the Sounders?) “The reputation is the best in the league, for sure. You hear from any guy who’s played here, and just the way the organization is run, it’s first class. It has to be one you want to play for. I know MLS and everyone is supposedly even, but that’s not the case. The teams are run in different ways. Here they look after their players, and everyone knows about that. And you get some other teams, unfortunately, in the league who don’t have that reputation. So I’m delighted to be here. I think everyone I’ve spoken to said, ‘Yeah, Seattle. You’re going to go a good place.’ So I’m happy with that.”

(What do you make of the first game being at L.A.?) “It’s a tough place to go. Lost the last two MLS Cup finals there, so not great memories there. But we won there with Houston this year in the league. They’re a good team. They’re a dangerous team. Quality players. That’s why they’re the champions the last two years: on their day, they can beat anyone. It’ll be tough, but the way the team has been playing, keep that going, keep fighting and it could be a big game with big implications.”

(Does having played Seattle a couple weeks ago help with the transition?) “Having beat them? (laughs) … Yeah, different conditions down there. I mean it’s good. You can kind of see how the guys and whatnot, but I don’t think it makes too much of a difference. I watched the game there and I’ve watched other games recently. I’m pretty familiar with how the team plays. Obviously at home the atmosphere is electric. You just saw the tempo the other day at the start of that game. It’s unbelievable. That’s such an advantage. I look forward to it, myself.”

(Perhaps the most recent memory of you in Houston is being subbed out of the New York game early and kicking the bench. Some wondered if you had gotten on bad terms with the team or were looking for a fresh start. How would you respond?) “I had strained my quad in the warmup before the game, so that was frustration of being injured. I probably should’ve have gone in the second half, probably played five minutes too long. I had strained my quad, so that was frustration of being injured. I hate missing time. I hate coming out of a game. We knew at halftime I was going out of the game. We had said 10 more minutes, so that was just more frustration of getting injured. It wasn’t how the game was going. Obviously it was disappointed to be losing a home game, but no, there were no hard feelings at all. I feel like it was a tough decision for them. I was talking to the coaches and Dom (Kinnear), and it seemed tough for him. I’ll miss those guys. It was a great organization for me, playing there, and the fans were fantastic with me. Getting to two finals is good. Some guys played 10-, 15-year careers and don’t get to play in a final. To win would’ve been good, but yeah, I left on good terms, I believe.”

(How is the quad?) “It’s good. I trained today and I think I would’ve been able to play on Saturday when Houston played. It was kind of touch and go, but it was minor. It was something where the longer I played on it, it kind of kept going. I think it’s fully healed. It felt great today being out there training. I feel healthy.”

(Does having guys you know like Brad Evans, Ezra Hendrickson, Schmid help come into a new team?) “Yeah, it does. Going into a new team, I’ve played now in enough teams in the league where I know someone from every (team). The longer you’re in this league, you kind of know a lot of people from different teams. It always makes the transition a bit easier. It can be a bit intimidating, obviously, a whole new bunch of players and those are the guys you spend the most time with. You spend more time with your teammates than your wife sometimes. But the guys have been great this morning, meeting them, they seem down to earth. It’ll be good, but it’s good to have those guys I’m familiar with.”

(You obviously played for Portland…) “Who? (laughs)”

(Are you looking forward to facing them with more on the line?) “Yeah. I love the Pacific Northwest. I love living up in this area. It was tough leaving, so we were happy to be back up in this area. I know it’s a different city, I’m not going to say it’s the same, but yeah, it will be a big game. I know we get to play them again, and I’m looking forward to that. You want to be part of that. You want to be a part of big games where the atmosphere is amazing. I was on the bench for Portland for the first game up here when we joined (MLS), and it was incredible — nothing I had ever witnessed in my playing career. It was great, so I look forward to that. Those are the games you really look forward to and get completely pumped up for.”

(What’s like being the first Sounders in MLS who was previously a Timber?) “I am. Hopefully I’m a Sounder longer than I was a Timber. It won’t be that long. I hope that’s the case.”

(When is the full beard coming in?) “What day is it? Monday? Probably Wednesday. (laughs) … It doesn’t take too long. It could be pretty soon. Let’s see what my wife says. She’s usually the one who says, ‘That’s enough. Too long.’ We’ll see.”

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UPDATE 3:46 p.m. — Here is video of the interview if you want to check out the beard and/or accent…

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