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Offline Tallman

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Q&A with Robbie Findley
« on: September 09, 2006, 03:43:19 PM »
Q&A with Robbie Findley
Oregon State Sports Information


August 17, 2006

Robbie Findley (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain HS), a senior forward on the Oregon State mens soccer team, is one of the most dangerous attacking players on the West Coast. With 22 career goals, he is fourth all-time at Oregon State. Hell tie the school record of 32 goals if he matches the 10 goals he scored in his first year, when he was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Findley is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection (twice on the first team). He sat down for a few minutes to talk about the upcoming season and his future.

How do you feel going into your senior year?
Its all gone by fast. Im ready to win a Pac-10 championship. I feel like our team is ready. We have a lot of talent and skill so this might be our year.

The team went to the NCAA Tournament your freshman year, and last year the team almost made it. How motivated are you to lead this team to the tournament?

Im very motivated. Ive been working for the past three years to get there. My freshman year, when we went to the tournament, I had a groin injury, so I was a little iffy playing. Everybody has their heart set on making the tournament. Were pretty serious and I think well get it done this year.

Youve had to battle through a few minor injuries during your time here. Hows your health now?
Ive been healthy the past year and Im feeling strong and fit. Im ready to have a good senior year.

How would you describe your first three years at Oregon State?
At first it was tough, going from Phoenix to Corvallis. The weather change and all that stuff. It was a learning experience, being away from my family and meeting a bunch of new guys. But they brought me in as part of the family here. Its been a good experience.

Coming out of Phoenix, why did you choose Oregon State?
I wanted to play in the Pac-10. A few of my cousins, Mike Bibby (Arizona basketball and the current point guard for the Sacramento Kings), Shaun McDonald (Arizona State football and a current wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams) and Ryan Walcott (UCLA basketball) all played in the Pac-10. The Pac-10 is a real strong conference so if I wanted to play somewhere, I wanted it to be among the best.

Whats been the best part of being at Oregon State?
All of the moments Ive had with the team. There have been so many fun times. Ive just tried to embrace everything weve done as a team, and all of the people I meet.

The last two summers, you played with the Boulder Rapids Reserve in the USL Premier Development League. What was that like and how did that help you as a player?

I went there to play for a few reasons. One, basically, was to get games in and to stay fit over the summer. It also gave me a chance to play in front of a lot of MLS coaches. It gave me exposure there. Playing with Colorado helped me out quite a bit. Both years we made it to the playoffs.

Where do you hope to be playing next year?
Playing professional soccer somewhere. Its been my dream since I was a little kid. Ive been putting in the hard work so I hope it pays off pretty soon. Id like to start here in MLS and someday go overseas.

You have dual citizenship with the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago, and have taken part in a T&T U-23 national team camp. Do you have a future playing for their national team?
Both my mom and dad were born there, so that let me get dual citizenship. When I went there and tried out, it was hard for me, because it seemed like a lot of the players that were invited already knew the coaches and were residents of Trinidad & Tobago. It was tough for me because I didnt know anyone. Im not too sure whats going to happen in the future. It would be nice to get called up to play with them down the line.

You mentioned your cousins earlier. How have they helped you along the way?
Theyre very professional about how they do their jobs. They work out every day and Ive gone to the gym to work out with them. They work out hard, take extra shots, do all the extra practice they need to get better. Growing up, I picked up on that and I try to do all the little things to get better.

Mike Bibby came and watched you and the Beavers play last year at a game at UC Davis. You must have a pretty supportive family.
Yeah, definitely. If Im in the area, then theyll be there.

Youve won a lot of honors here Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-10, All-West Region, Pac-10 Player of the Week a couple of times. What do those accomplishments mean to you?
Its about the hard work. But I have to give credit to my teammates because without them none of it would have been possible. You put in a lot of hard days at practice, all the hard workouts, and its all about the dedication.

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Offline Trini _2026

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Re: Q&A with Robbie Findley
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 01:29:07 PM »
Nice interview
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Re: Q&A with Robbie Findley
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 02:06:25 PM »
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You have dual citizenship with the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago, and have taken part in a T&T U-23 national team camp. Do you have a future playing for their national team?
Both my mom and dad were born there, so that let me get dual citizenship. When I went there and tried out, it was hard for me, because it seemed like a lot of the players that were invited already knew the coaches and were residents of Trinidad & Tobago. It was tough for me because I didnt know anyone. Im not too sure whats going to happen in the future. It would be nice to get called up to play with them down the line.




We should get him to play with us...  he would be a good asset

 

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