Thursday, February 07, 2013

Six-a-side with Winthrop midfielder Magnus Thorsson

Six-a-side's next guest is Winthrop University midfielder Magnus Thorsson; the Eagles men's soccer standout earned a spot on the 2012 Big South All-Freshmen Team.

The Reykjavik, Iceland native competed in 22 games scoring in the team's 3-2 comeback victory over Coastal Carolina in the Big South Conference championship.

Thorsson kindly spoke via email with Football Friendlies about his journey from Iceland to Winthrop, the team's response to losing inspirational leader Alex Isern and why as a supporter of English football, he'll never walk alone.

1. Can you talk about the journey that led you to play at Winthrop?

In my home country, Iceland, we are only able to play soccer on natural grass 3 or 4 months out of the year. The United States was a great opportunity to play and train in fair conditions all year round. An ex-NCAA Icelandic player named Kristjan Palsson was a great help to me and got me in contact with the coaches at Winthrop University. Winthrop struck me as a place with a really reputable soccer program and top quality facilities. To be able to combine soccer and studying abroad was something that fascinated me and looking back I am very happy that I made the decision to come here.

2. Now that you've reflected on your successful freshman year, what are you most proud of?

Being a part of the first Winthrop team to ever reach the NCAA round of 32, in my freshmen season, was something special. Winning the Big South Conference was also a huge milestone, one of my proudest soccer moments. I was also pleased to receive some individual awards and I definitely intend to build on that in the coming years.

3. How will the squad respond now that Alex Isern, who was such a dynamic player, has concluded his career?

Alex was a great player for us and of course will be missed dearly next season. Not only was he important on the field with his goals and assists but was also a great captain and leader. Next year will be an opportunity for other returners to step up and embrace the responsibility; I’m confident of that happening. Currently we have a solid backbone to the team returning and hopefully a great recruiting class coming in.

And three for fun:

4. Best off campus food/restaurant?

I am a big fan of Panera Bread and a Japanese restaurant here in Rock Hill called Ichiro.

5. Playing on the iPod?

I like all kinds of music but at the moment the most played band on my iPod is the Icelandic band “Of Monsters and Men”.

6. Player or club you supported growing up?

Since I’ve been little I have always been a huge supporter of Liverpool FC. I have always been an admirer of midfielders Steven Gerrard and Zinedine Zidane.

More Six-a-side Spring 2013:
+ Spencer Richey - University of Washington

1) Big South Conference
2) Winthrop Eagles official website
3) Ichiro Sushi Bar, Teriyaki Grill (Rock Hill, SC) Facebook Page
4) Video via OfMonsterAndMenVEVO YouTube Channel

Photo Credit: Dr. Steven Limentani; Courtesy of Winthrop Eagles Athletics


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