Oct. 13, 2017
USL Aces Interview: Featuring Ian Svantesson
Ian Svantesson is a young star shinning in the United Soccer League. Svantesson currently plays for the Tulsa Roughnecks and I was very pleased to be able to ask him about his past, present, and a little bit about the future. I want to thank Ian for allowing for a sneak peak into his life and giving some great answers:
USLAces: Your soccer career started at UAB where from 2012-2015 you made 74 appearances scoring 16 goals. How was your time at a D1 school and how did it help your soccer skills?
IS: UAB was a great place to live and develop as a player and a person, it really furthered my love for the game. Playing with and against future professionals while in college was what really convinced me it was a possibility.
USL Aces: While at UAB you played with the Orlando City U-23's in the PDL. You made 23 appearances for them how did working with a top organizations in US soccer help your development different from collegiate soccer?
IS: Playing at Orlando City was fantastic. It brought players from the best programs in the country and gave us an intense summer of pro level trainings. Development there was great because of the competition level and the focus on purely soccer for a few months.
USL Aces: After college you officially became a pro signing for Rayo OKC in the NASL. How was it signing your first pro contract and playing with teammates such as Sebastian Velzquez and Devon Sandoval?
IS: Rayo OKC was a very exciting team to be a part of. While it wasn't quite the dream first season in terms of playing time, i definitely had the chance to learn from some really high class players from all over the globe and that's helped me so far
USL Aces: Right now the Tulsa Roughnecks are sitting towards the bottom of the Western Conference in the USL. How do you feel about your season and what do you guys need to do moving forward?
IS: The big difference for us will be when road games start turning into points. We are confident with our lineups its just a matter of making it click on the road
Again, thank you to Ian and I hope that this articles gives a little insight into what his professional career has gone through!