RICHMOND, Va. - With only two games left in the regular season, the VCU men's soccer team is on the cusp of making its first CAA Tournament appearance in three years.
Junior Nick Rich has been a big part of VCU's success this year and before the Rams headed west to take on James Madison in a key conference match, he sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Scott Wyant to tell us a little bit about the British import.
SW: What made you decide to come to VCU?
NR: The coaching staff was a big part of the reason I moved here, I knew they would help me progress and become the best I can be on and off the field.
SW: If you got a free ticket to any event what would you choose?
NR: This years champions league final, I'm sure Chelsea will be in it.
SW: What is the biggest difference between the U.S. and England?
NR: The biggest difference has to be the variety in sports, in England everyone breathes eats and sleeps soccer, but over here there is a wider range of sports that have more following.
SW: What was your reaction to the U.S.-England World Cup game?
NR: I think the game and the overall world cup showed how the US' game has developed but at the same time how terrible England was again. I was just happy England didn't lose otherwise i would have got far too much abuse.
SW: Who has had the biggest influence on your soccer career?
NR: Probably my Dad, He's always been there to help me through, even when things don't go to plan.
SW: What is your greatest accomplishment on the pitch?
NR: I'm sure that is still to come here at VCU or in the future, but best so far probably reaching the elite 8 in my first year in the US at Tusculum College.
SW: What is your favorite part of being a member of the men's soccer team?
NR: Being in a professional environment and continuing to get better every day.
SW: Is there anyone you model your play after?
NR: David Beckham
SW: Are vuvuzelas good for the sport?
NR: If it helps promote the sport then yes
Favorite place to play away from VCU: Had to be our first game at Akron, to play in front of thousands of fans on a perfect playing surface.
Team: Chelsea FC
Class: International Studies
Memory from the World Cup: I don't like to think about the world cup, England was so bad!
Dream job: Pro soccer player
When did you score your first goal? Probably when I was about 5 when I first started playing.
What is the most played song on your iPod right now? Has to be a Justin Beiber track.
Favorite quote: "Stack it up and get out of dodge" Joe Haboush's impression of Coach Giffard