MLS had EJ on Facebook tonight to answer some questions from the fans.
Fan - Do you like tacos?
EJ - Yeah, I'd love to say I do, but not during the season because our nutrition specialist and fitness coach Dave Tenney wouldn't be too happy!
Fan - What do you think of the Sounders FC fan base?
EJ - It's as close to Europe as you're gonna see in America. 40k every weekend, amazing. The loudest I've heard the atmosphere was one Steve Zakuani came back from his injury. Never heard a stadium that loud before in my life.
Fan - How does it feel to be the pride of volusia and flagler counties in regards to soccer?
EJ - Not every individual back home gets an opportunity to pursue their dreams. It's something that I'll never take for granted and I know that everyone back home is behind me so I want to do my best to represent where I come from.
Fan - What do you think of the Cascadia rivalry?
EJ - The Cascadia rivalry was one of the first things I heard about when I became a Sounder. I heard if I did well in those games, the fans would love you forever.
Fan - How does it feel like to be an all star player?
EJ - Obviously the last three years have been kind of a roller coaster ride for me, as far as my career goes. To come bcak to a league that I'm used that has grown in the four years prior to my depature, it took some time to adjust to the improvement in the level and having to change my game, put my head down and work hard. Everything else is a bonus. In saying that, none of this would be possible without my teammates back in Seattle.
Fan - What advice would you give to a young soccer player with big dreams?
EJ - Set goals, write them down. Believe in yourself, because not everyone is going to believe in you. Beyond that, just work hard. It pays off.
Fan - Eddie, How's your hamstring? A few weeks ago, you sprinted past 3 guys in an open field break-away. Looks like you're back to full speed! And, how do you like playing with Mauro R?
EJ - My hamstring is fine, our fitness coach Dave Tenney, who I worked with in KC, we both have a good understanding of working with each other in the past, and how my body responds to injury based on the length of time I'm out.
Rosales brings a ton of game experience. He's played in big teams with big players, it's a case where training on a day-to-day basis and playing week-in and week-out, and understanding what he likes to do when he gets the ball and what runs I like to make. I know when he gets the ball out wide, I know if he gets a half-step I know it's time for me to try and get free and get on the end of a cross, he's a top player
Fan - If you weren't a professional soccer player, what would you be?
EJ - I'd be a baseball player. Long careers, and it doesn't require too much exertion!
Fan - What is the most crucial part of preparing for the upcoming all star match?
EJ - As much as you want to go out and show well, but most important and hardest thing is putting on a good show for our fans. We realize that Chelsea are a top team though, and we can show how much depth our League has.
Fan - What goes through your head when you are on a break away?
EJ - Staying composed. As easy as it looks, it's difficult, there's so much pressure for you to score because you're 1v1 with the keeper. There's a lot of adrenaline, but the best strikers in the world are very composed in those situations. I just try to put the ball in a position where I can slot it past the keeper.
Fan - What is your favorite pre-game food?
EJ - Breakfast - Egg white omelet with some ham in it and a big bowl of oatmeal. Usually I'll rest after the team walk and then for the pregame meal I'll eat some brown rice with tomato sauce, gotta have the veggies so some asparagus, green beans, carrots, grilled chicken, and I get some carbs in a wheat roll. Don't like to eat too heavy before a game.
Fan - Whats good in your free time? How do you spend your time off the pitch?
EJ - Free time, I'm usually on daddy duty. My daughter is six, her name is Zoe, so when she's in school I'm usually with my 16 month old son Elijah. My wife is a yoga instructor so when I come home I'm working with them all the time!
Fan - How do you keep your composure during a game when the other team is playing dirty?
EJ - A wise ex-teammate of mine, Brian McBride, always said to me "When you're a good player, you're gonna have some defenders doing everything they can to get you of your game. It's a sign of respect." Defenders are going to be physical. The game is 90 minutes long, and you've gotta be ready to finish the one chance that comes. I use all the negative stuff that comes from defenders as motivation throughout the match.
Fan - How do you get pumped up for a game and how do you unwind after a game?
EJ - I thank the Lord for blessing me to be a professional soccer player. Every day before a game, what drives is that a lot of people are willing to be in my position, and not taking anything for granted, representing my family and where I'm from. That's what drives me, make them happy and representing them the best that I can.
EJ - Just wanna say thanks to all of my fans for their continued support, through the good and bad, and I want to thank my coaching staff and teammates back in Seattle for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to be in this position! Good night, everyone!