Bwog got a chance to sit down with Mike Mazzullo, CC ’12, three-year soccer captain and star midfielder, to discuss his reaction to the news that he has been drafted to the MLS and his expectations moving forward. Mazzullo will head to Canada this weekend for preseason training with Toronto FC.
Bwog: Congrats on getting drafted to the MLS. What made you decide you wanted to continue your soccer career after college?
Mike Mazzullo: I’ve always had a passion for soccer. I figured, if I’m good enough, why not give pro soccer a shot? To play professionally is a dream, and I’d regret it if I didn’t at least give it a shot.
Bwog: What was your initial reaction to the news? How did you find out?
MM: I was kind of surprised. [Sophomore teammate] David Najem texted me—I was in class—and I immediately checked the draft ticker online. He wasn’t kidding!
Bwog: What are your expectations moving forward?
MM: I don’t really have expectations. I’m just going to put out my best effort at training camp. I anticipate the competition to be tough, and the play at a higher level than I’m used to, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Bwog: In preparation for preseason, I’m sure you’re training hard on and off the field. Have you given any thought to trying out a Canadian accent, eh, to help you fit in?
MM: My training regimen has not included Canadian accents. That is all.
Bwog: Good luck in Toronto! We’re all pulling for you. Just remember: it’s aboot, not about.
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