GETTING TO KNOW: JOSEPH HABOUSH

The spring semester is just wrapping up here at VCU, and with the end of classes comes the end of  spring condition seasons for many of the fall sports.  The men's soccer team wrapped up a solid spring season and is on a quest to improve on last season's second place regular season finish.

A key part to the Ram roster next fall will be Joseph Haboush, who recently sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Andrew Phillips to see what keeps him busy off of the field.

AP: Why did you decide to come to VCU?
JH:
Because it's close enough to my family that if they needed any help from me, I'd be available. When looking at the roster before I chose VCU I liked that there were players from all over the world on the team. Plus the fact that VCU advanced to the Elite 8 in 2004.

AP: What is the best part about being a VCU soccer player?
JH:
Best part about being a VCU soccer player is just being around your teammates, having fun, going out and traveling 24/7 with them.

AP: What is the best moment in your VCU career, thus far?
JH:
Since I have to pick one, I'd say my first minutes in my first match with VCU in 2008. The game was against the defending National Champions, Wake Forest.  The whole experience here at VCU has been awesome so far.

AP:  What were your goals for the spring season?
JH:
My goals for the spring season are to improve my work rate, and give 100% in every training session and every match.

AP: What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
JH: One thing most people don't know about me is that English was not my first language. I speak Arabic and Armenian (Dad is Lebanese and Mom is Armenian-Lebanese).

AP: Is there any professional soccer player that you try to model your game after?
JH:
There are different things I try to take from different players, but mainly try to model the play of Zidane, apart from his temper, and Ronaldinho, minus his defense.

AP: What are your post graduate plans?
JH:
Too many, but as any other soccer player,  I'd like to play for as long as I can. If it doesn't work out I'd like to go to law school,  and see where that takes me.

Quick Hits - Favorites

Place to eat in Richmond?
Little Mexico- Burrito Chop thanks to Jake Van Yahres and Alberto Fonseca, he's not Mexican though.
TV Show?
Entourage. Jersey Shore is horrible by the way...
Movie?
Gotta go classic with either Mrs. Doubtfire or Pulp Fiction
Singer/Artists/Band?
English: Jay-Z and Eminem. And Lebanese music you would not know.
Favorite Place to Play in the CAA besides VCU?
No field is as good as ours in the CAA, but I guess ODU?
Pro Sports Team?
Glory glory Man United...sorry Coaches
Athlete?
Zizou
Sport to watch besides soccer at VCU?
Basketball with a shout out to my man, 'Big Shot' Brad.

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