We just got a few minutes with Sounders’ second-round pick, defender Dylan Remick of Brown, where his major was biology.
I’ll have more later, but for now, here was his opening statement when asked his feelings about how things played out today.
It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be part of the Sounders organization. Watching (the draft) online, I was so thrilled that the Sounders organization chose me with the draft selection. I’m humbled and honored by that. I’m a left back, originally from Chicago, Illinois. I played my four years at Brown University up in the Northeast. Other than that, I’m just looking forward to continuing to improve my position and skills with the Sounders organization.
Here’s more from his interview:
(On his playing style…) “I think I’m a very athletic player. I use my endurance really well. I like to get up and down the line. I really like getting into the attack from the outside back position, but I grew up as a center back so I take pride in my ability to try and defend. I like the one-v-one defending battles just as much as the attacking battles, which you don’t always see in a fullback, so I pride myself on that, as well. I like to get into all aspects of the game. I really like using my pace, as well. I ran track in high school with my brother, who runs track in college. I’ll try and use that, as well, getting in to the attack to beat players one on one and mostly using that as an advantage in defense.”
(On his draft day experience…) “It was full of emotions. My dad and I were watching the entire SuperDraft, so there were all emotions, nerves, and excitement throughout the day. Once I heard my name, I just felt so much joy, happiness, humbleness, and thanks from the Seattle Sounders organization for drafting me. There’s always a little doubt that you aren’t going to be drafted, but I had my interview with the Seattle Sounders organization at the MLS combine and it went very, very well so there was some hope in their pick being me. You never know for certain, so when I heard my name I was absolutely humbled and thrilled to continue my soccer career and be part of this organization.”
(On his life outside of soccer…) “I majored in Biology at Brown University. When I came to Brown, I had thoughts of becoming a doctor and that’s still in the back of my mind as something that I could potentially do after soccer. Soccer was always my passion, always my love, so I wanted to give that 100% focus. As I got older to my junior and senior year and being able to play pro became more of an option and more of a realistic goal, I put all other interests behind and decided to go 100% to try and become a professional soccer player.”
(On the Sounders FC combine in Vegas…) “The Vegas combine was an amazing experience. I thought the competition was very good. I was lucky enough to go with a fellow Brown teammate so that made it a little bit easier to play and get settled in. There were a lot of guys from that Las Vegas combine at the MLS combine, so that sort of gives you a little hint at how good the competition was. I talked to some of the Seattle coaches after that and there was definitely some interest in me in terms of playing for that organization. After I got the indication that I would be able to participate in the MLS combine, because I was a late addition, I knew it was just another chance to go out and show the Seattle Sounders organization and the coaching staff what I could do, and hopefully that was enough with the Las Vegas combine to help get me drafted.”
(On Ivy League soccer…) “The league is definitely a different style of play. I think it helps me more than most people in the intellectual aspect of the game. A lot of smart kids in the Ivy League, so the coaches and the players take pride in trying to out-think a different player before we even step on the field. That’s an area that I believe I have improved on dramatically and I don’t know if I would be able to have that sort of experience in another league. Also, it’s a very physical league, which I think is going to help me a lot in MLS. It’s a bone-bruising league. I would say the technique is—as a whole—the league is not quite as good as the powerhouse leagues like the ACC and the Big East. The determination and the competitive spirit that rings the Ivy League really helped me growing as a soccer player, and it helped me a lot being the underdog with all these big teams. It sort of mentally prepares you for both the college game and the MLS game as I head into that aspect.”
(On his pregame ritual…) “I do like to listen to Taylor Swift before games. I’ve liked her since I was a sophomore in high school when she came out with her first single. Actually for me, it kind of calms me down before games, sort of just mellows me out and gets me prepared for the game. It’s something that I started as a sophomore in high school, and just listening to the music—not only is it her voice, but it’s also just the memories and knowing where I came from and knowing what I did to get to this point. It’s sort of just become a tradition to just sort of forget about everything and just go out and play.”