In this week’s 5Q, we ask midfielder Jacob Arrieta (conducted on May 23) about the most positive thing he’s seen from the team, his most interesting teammate and where he felt culture shock when he played in Germany.
1, How are you feeling about how you’ve played so far this season?
I feel like I started off a little slow. But for the most part, that kind of comes with being around new players and how to work off of each other. I feel like it’s going to get better as the season gets going. Day in, day out, we’re doing drills that helpus work on that relationship. So moving forward, it’s going to be a lot better.
2, What the most positive thing you’ve seen from the team so far?
I would say the overall effort. When we went up, and we had a good response to it. They tied it up and we had a good response to it. They tied it up and we were chasing, we also had a good response and were able to finish off the game, still trying to get the game-winner. Obviously, it didn’t happen. But at the same time, we get back in the locker room and everyone is talking it out, and we work on how we can make it better in the next game. I think unity, and we kind of keep it together and know we’ve got to work together with each other.
3, Is there any particular player you’ve tried to model you game or skills after?
To be fair, not just one player. There’s different characteristics of different players that I like. (Real Madrid’s) Sergio Ramos is a great defender. (Barcelona’s) Sergio Busquets is great on the ball. Those are two player that I have followed and tried to mirror their defensive efforts, their movement on and off the ball and stuff like that. Those are the two that I would say.
4, After having been here for three weeks, who is your most interesting teammate so far?
Definitely Aria (Shahmirzadi). He is a guy with some personality from sunup to sundown. It’s nice to have a guy like that. Always brings a good positive attitude, always brings a very aggressive attitude in sessions. Not in a bad way, but obviously to get the guys going. The competitiveness never dies with him. That’s one thing that’s really nice.
5, What was the biggest culture shock you had from playing in Germany?
The culture was pretty decent, but one of the biggest things was trying to adjust to the language. You’re in a training session with 30 guys and you don’t understand anything the coach is saying. You’re just going off of hand gestures and stuff like that. You’re kind of waiting at the end of the line, trying to make sure you’re doing it right. So that was probably one of the tougher things.
5a, What about day-to-day life? Was there anything that required a big adjustment from you off the pitch?
Probably the language would be the same thing. Trying to go into town and go shopping or go to the grocery store and figure out how much the cost was because everything was electronic at some stores. You couldn’t just see how much it was, it would say the price and you’re like, I kind of know that number and maybe know this number. Trying to travel, too. Going on trains and figuring that stuff out was a little difficult. I had quite a night one time trying to go to Fulde and I ended up going to Mainz, which was completely the opposite direction. It was like trying to go from here to Seattle and going the opposite way.
— Rob Shore