Director of Goalkeeping
Q&A with Chris Torres - April 2016
What team do you play for professionally in Sweden?
How many months of the year do you spend there?
Six months per year, April to October
Did you have to learn the language to play soccer there? Do you like living there?
Fortunately, they all speak English. I do, however, have ambitions of learning Swedish. Living in Sweden is great. The climate is beautiful and the sun is up from 20-24 hours a day depending on the month. The culture is very warm, open and relaxed.
What motivates you to play professionally?
The first thought that went through my head upon first kicking a ball at the age of 6 was "I'm going to do this for as long as I possibly can."
What kind of physical and mental commitment is required of professional players?
The physical commitment is great of course -- doing everything you can to not only be the best player you can be, but to stay healthy as well. Mentally you need to be emotionally attached to the game and your teammates. The only way to push yourself to continue to improve, and to find success, is to be emotionally invested in your craft.
What’s the main difference between soccer in the U.S. and in Sweden?
Athletically the players in the US have the edge on most countries, but in Sweden I'd say they have an advantage when it comes to understanding of the game.
What do you enjoy about coaching versus playing?
Coaching taught me how to really enjoy the game. To relax at times, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. As a player, prior to getting into coaching, it was serious. It still is, but I feel that since I began coaching and relating to younger players who want to excel and still have fun, I've learned to smile a bit more while on the field.