What Is The Process After Signing To A New Team? Ep 86

11-year MLS veteran Quincy Amarikwa welcomes you to episode 86 of the #AskASoccerPro Show! This week Quincy the process after signing to a new team, tips on first touch and more!

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Time Stamps

00:00 - 5:05 Welcome To The #AskASoccerPro Show Ep 86!
05:06 - 07:07 What Is The Process After You Signed? @_k.23.hampton_
07:08 - 08-41 Any Tips For First Touch?
08:42 - 11:31 How Did You Get The Opportunity In Vegas?
11:32 - 12:35 When Was The Last Time We Had A Girl On The Show?
12:36 - 14:45 When Do You Start Training and Have Your First Game? Go To Post- Game Meal? @theluka_3
14:46 - 16:31 Videos For Teams Who Have To Social Distance? @timmypig14
16:32 - 20:58 What Age Would Be Best To Try Out Euro Soccer? @kristinapodnar
20:59 - 22:53 Should I set up a LinkedIn Account? @_k.23.hampton_
22:54 - 27:53 How To Put Up With Negative Players, Indoor Soccer and Best Skills For Training
27:54 - 37:11 Quincy’s Best Player List @nocontex_dylan
37:12 - 41:08 Quincy’s Biggest Weakness In A Game @soccer_dad_4life
41:09 - 45:46 Long Distance or Speed?
45:47 - 47:09 Physical Speed or Technical Skill? @therealeldine
47:10 - 50:01 Texas Hold’em or Blackjack @justinmorrow
50:02 - 56:04 Can You Do The Thizzle Dance?
56:05 - 60:00 Quincy To Europe? @chich_the_memer


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Quincy Amarikwa (00:10):
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Taya. What's happening.

Quincy Amarikwa (00:20):
If you guys can hear me. Okay. You dropped me nine in your head, emoji and spam that heart button. So I make sure we're good to go with the, with the headphones. K 23 Hampton. What's going on, brother. The Luca welcome Jamir football clips. 69. I'm seeing the, I'm seeing the spams coming in. Uh, Katie joined in what's going on, Katie poke, but jr. Back back in the mix, let's see, we got here. Uh, congrats. Quincy had before you thank you very much dropping in the I'm in your head. Emojis. You know what we're talking about? Uh, yo shout out, told her always making fire gifts. I think that's just a picture. It was a gift he's making me move and stuff like that. For those of you who do not know, um, I am, uh, officially out in Vegas now. Ooh. Out in Vegas, the announcement has been made, but we're still, the announcement has been made. Let's see what we got here. So I'm already looking at the question you guys coming in, Quincy. What's up saw you're with Las Vegas now. Yes, that is correct. A K 23. You said I've been crazy busy with college season, starting in classes, but glad to be able to drop in again, what we are happy to have you, even if it's only for a little bit, we appreciate it. Shannon. What's going on.

Quincy Amarikwa (01:50):
Welcome. Welcome.

Quincy Amarikwa (01:53):
And this welcome, uh, Marquis what's going on, everybody.

Quincy Amarikwa (01:57):
Hey, everybody. Welcome

Quincy Amarikwa (02:00):
To another episode of the hashtag a soccer pro show. I believe we are on episode 86 episode 86. Think about where this just all started at everybody. Think about it. Just think about it. Think of where we started and where we're at and where we're going and what has been happening these last several months. John Hall. You're welcome. What's going on brother. Uh, but yeah, let's get into it. So welcome to another episode of the hashtag. Ask a soccer pro show. I am your host

Quincy Amarikwa (02:42):
And plus your MLS pro or yeah, 11 year MLS pro uh, current USL pro for the Las Vegas lights, Quincy America. And I am happy to welcome you guys to a nother MSL field field MSF field episode of the Assa soccer per show. And the MSL is the M S L. The MSL is the MSL, the mental strength league. It is a game where you are either an active participant or you are steady getting played in every week here at 6:00 PM, six, 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM EST every Thursday on the app. Perfect underscore soccer, Instagram account. We break down the MSL mentality, mindset and philosophy. You need to accomplish your goals. We've got an amazing community, a perfect soccer MSL community out there who joins us live every Thursday to get your questions answered by what is now a 12 year professional soccer player. So if you guys have any questions about soccer, life philosophy, quantum physics, food culture, uh, real estate, financial literacy, whatever you guys got, we're here to talk about it and get into it. And I'm seeing everybody spamming that heart button. So I'm loving that, loving that. And I'm out here on, I'm out here on the patio, um, uh, out here on the patio. So it's in here. So yes, if join and then Justine man Justine. All right. Yeah. Call in. If you, we gotta call him.

Quincy Amarikwa (04:34):
Right, right. As I said, a call in, I got a phone call. Um, yeah. So let's see what we got here.

Quincy Amarikwa (04:49):
So you get your question, uh, uh, but you declined it. How are you going to ask to come in and then tighten it. Come on. You guys, you guys be funny, uh, 14 TAs at 44. That's right. Uh, okay.

Quincy Amarikwa (05:06):
So K 23 Hampton asks, what is the process after you signed? I'm guessing physical testing among other things. Yeah. So usually what happens is, um, you, you joined with the team in many cases, you, you meet with the coach, you speak with the coach a little bit. Maybe you get an intro to some of the guys on the team. Uh, uh, and then your, uh, let me back up. Cause what typically. So the process usually is like you land in the city that you're in, or you drive to the city that you're in and you'll meet, uh, usually a team administrator. The team administrator will kind of get you sorted out at your hotel or wherever you're staying while you're getting your bearings and feelings for the, for the city that you're in.

Quincy Amarikwa (05:52):
And what's going on. We can be a little bit of background as to how things work, what time training is, what the expectations are and what the processes typically in the process includes getting a physical. Now it also includes a COBIT testing. Um, what else, uh, getting acclimated, acclimated, or introduced to like strength of fitness coach, getting an understanding of what you've been doing. And then the plan of action for integrating with the team. Uh, for me right now, the we're in the middle of the season. So how you can integrate it is a little bit different than you would if you're joining the team for preseason, but that's pretty, that's pretty standard in terms of like the first phase of that, then usually you're connected with the head coach and you have a conversation with the head coach that gives you a little bit of background as to what their expectations are with what the plan is, what they want you to be doing.

Quincy Amarikwa (06:43):
And, um, and then you kind of just hit the ground running if your job is to figure it out as quickly as possible and integrate into the system and perform. And that's what professional sports is. And that's how, that's how it typically works. Obviously there's, uh, there's different, there's things slightly changed and there's variations to stuff, but that's pretty much the abroad process. Let's see.

Quincy Amarikwa (07:08):
Uh, [inaudible] any tips for first touch? Yeah. If you're, if you're trying to improve your first touch, repetition is repetition is most important. It's supposed to be. I think I saw there's some, there's some kid on LinkedIn. I saw him, he did like a LinkedIn post where he, he developed a, he developed a, a system where he has the ball in the middle. It's on two strings, it's attached to post, but stationary and you could get a re uh, repetitive touches on the ball.

Quincy Amarikwa (07:40):
I thought it was really great idea. And it looks like something that increases the number of repetitions you can get per minute, which only increases the speed at which you can improve your first touch. And repetition is mostly so, uh, if you, if you can't do that or get that a ball and a wall is all you need, uh, what I'll do is I'll get, you know, like, I don't know if you could see the wall behind me, but I'll get like a foot away from the wall and just get as many re repetitive touches until I get tired. And then I'll switch to the other foot. I'll keep doing repetitive touches. Somebody gets tired, I'll just alternate back and forth, uh, top of the foot inside of the foot, outside of the foot on both feet, uh, that will help. Um, and that doesn't require you buying equipment or anything like that. So that's a good point. Let's see.

Quincy Amarikwa (08:42):
It was a process. Um, can you, 23 antennas, how did you get the opportunity in Vegas and AR and how are things going for you so far? I'm sure it's difficult moving all the time as well. Yeah. So, uh, I got, I got the opportunity in Vegas, Frank Alps, the head coach out here. So obviously the soccer world has we talk about, uh, can get pretty small and your network is your net worth. And I talked to you guys about that all the time, uh, developing relationships and building rapport with people and providing as much value as possible is crucial to having a long term career. And the opportunity was what came about because Frank ended up coming in here in the interim to handle, I think Ronaldo was the coach previously here. And, um, you know, COVID, I think could be really messed up a lot of stuff.

Quincy Amarikwa (09:37):
COBIT messed up the process at the MLS level. And I think it was even, um, uh, exasperated on the USL level. So, um, so I think a lot of clubs and organizations have been figuring out ways to just kind of get through 2020 and then hopefully have better clarity and understanding of what we're going to do for 2021. So that's how the opportunity came about, uh, things so far are good. Um, I've been doing a lot of, uh, individual training and, and work, uh, to, to stay, to stay fit and healthy and be ready to go, hopefully for this weekend, if everything goes according to plan, which will be great. And, um, uh, let's see. Okay. Are things going pretty good? I don't know if you guys could hear the person yelling out there. It doesn't sound like it's sort of too good for them, uh, as a great though.

Quincy Amarikwa (10:33):
Um, but things are moving along, things move along and the last thing I'm sure it's difficult moving all the time. Yes, it is. Uh, yeah, but you gotta move to where opportunity lies and, and, and be ready, so you don't have to get ready. Um, but I think I just had a conversation. I just did a podcast. That's the name of the podcast? I just did like two or three days ago. And the question was, can you summarize your career into one word? And, uh, the word that came to mind was why, right. Professional sports or professional soccer is a grind. And, uh, it's just part of it's part of it and, uh, figuring out how to survive. The grind is crucial to having a long career.

Quincy Amarikwa (11:29):
That was great. That is a great point to, yeah.

Quincy Amarikwa (11:32):
When was the last time we had a girl on the show? Just wondering, because I haven't seen one in a while. You are correct. Um, I think, uh, we were, we were in the process of scheduling a lot of people to come on the show. And I think you'd saw Sam, Sam Munis. I think sometimes I put your last name, but she enjoined and came on the show and we had a great lineup of people that were getting, uh, sorted out for it. And then COVID like messed up everyone's process. And we just kind of put on the back burner, reaching out to people. Cause we did that there. We're still trying to figure out what they've got going on. But having said that, I think things are starting to get better back in a better group. Um, so we should be having more people on to school too. And then I forgot the episode with Mark, with Mark and his daughter I'm blanking on his daughter's name right now, but it was grateful. We have her join us once you can say, if you've got any questions and you want to call in, please feel free.

Quincy Amarikwa (12:36):
Luca said to you, when do you start training and have your first game? So I started training. I've been training, but, uh, frustrating with the team can't happen until after you pass, you pass all your physicals and then you've gone through all their protocol and testing. So that's just at the what's going on, brother. That's just at the, uh, limitations of like the speed to get everything done. Uh, that's always a wild park. You never know. Yeah. John said Sam us really like Europe. So yeah, it was, it was a good one. You guys should definitely check out the clips. I think the Pulitzer still on the, on the page as well as on the YouTube channel.

Quincy Amarikwa (13:24):
Yeah, of course. New context, Dylan just joined. What's going on, brother. Uh, yo, shout out Dylan. He's been going live on the perfect soccer gamer account regularly. We've got to get them sorted out. So he gets his video on the screen and, uh, maybe do some interactive stuff with you guys, but as we figure stuff out, we update over time. Uh McNasty 2002. You asked what's your go to meal after a game with right after with what's your go to meal after a game quick, right after you? Um, right after game and go to meal is usually like whatever's provided in the locker room afterwards. Um, for the most, for the most part after after games, uh, coaches, usually that like pizza or Chick-fil-A or, uh, Oh, what was it like things like, uh, chicken Parmesan and like, it's usually pretty good after, after, after the game. So I don't have to, or I are usually guys don't really have to go and get any food. Cause there are late night games. Most, uh, most places are closed, so yeah, we go choose whatever free food is available after the game.

Quincy Amarikwa (14:47):
Uh, Timmy pig 14 ask what'd you think about doing a video with ideas for practice where team members have to be socially distance, if you think about doing a video. Yeah, I think I'm Ryan. So be progenitor, Matt be pro general manager. Ryan Ash has been working with Connor, uh, to, to document all of the, all of the drills and the programs for the beat pro weekly program. So if you guys haven't already created your purpose on the team membership account, make sure you head over to perfect soccer skillset, Tom slash start here, and you can beat yourself the free account. You'll get access to a free week, a B pro weekly program. So you can see all the stuff there. But, uh, to answer your question specifically, I know Ryan is working on, uh, hopefully rebooting our one skill one drill series so we can get some, uh, drills like that, um, up on the channel hopefully soon, uh,

Quincy Amarikwa (15:55):
Oh, was it, uh, a friend of mine will be looking for a soccer team for me. So I'm waiting for a response. Okay.

Quincy Amarikwa (16:06):
SI welcome everybody joining in. So a lot of people trickle in here and spam in the heart button, which is always great to see the one known as Anthony. Welcome. Oh, no, I'm late to the party now. You right on time. Okay. 23, you said we eat pizza after my college games, so never go wrong with the pizza.

Quincy Amarikwa (16:32):
Uh, Christina asked, do you think it is a good move to try and play soccer in, in Europe if opportunity arises, what age would be best to try out Euro soccer? You think it's a good move to try and play soccer? Yeah. If the opportunity arises, I believe it's a good option. I think it's a good, yeah. I think it's a good move because European soccer is just viewed differently and by differently, I mean, it's seen as more valuable. Um, and that's just undeniable as a brand. You know what I mean? The current state of the market and how people view European soccer, it is considered a higher level and more prestigious. So if you have an opportunity to, if you have an opportunity to play, and that is something that you want to pursue and that's a path you'd like to take then yes. I think it would be beneficial for you to have a European, uh, European ties, connections on your CDs, on the soccer scene.

Quincy Amarikwa (17:38):
Yeah. Oh, and then the secondary part, what age would be best to try out your soccer? That is, that is very specific to your individual goals as a player. Like if focus is to become a professional and that's all you want to do and that's all you care to be. And, and you're wanting to play at the top levels and get to the top level, then the younger that you can dedicate to that, and you're committed to that to making that happen. Then the more time you're giving yourself and the more opportunities you're potentially allowing to make that happen. So, um, I think what's Mo more important than age is kinda like your mentality and your mental age. I think I saw, I saw a kid, I just saw a kid posted on the overtime. I forgot. I think he said his name is chase.

Quincy Amarikwa (18:36):
And he was talking about, uh, he was talking about these 12, maybe 12 or 13 years old, but he's talking about that. He gets up everyday at five o'clock in the morning to do his training and get the extra touches. And he does it not because he has to, but because he wants to and he believes it will give him an advantage over its competition. I don't think many kids, his age are choosing to do that. And I would say his mentality is approaching it as if he was like 1920, 21. Not as if I think he was 12 or 13. Uh, and I know 1920, 21 year olds who purchased the game like 13, 12 and 13 year olds. So I think your mentality, your mental age is, is most important. It, in making the decision of, if you're, if you're ready and mature enough to go overseas and make soccer, your sole focus, especially the competitive nature, it's different once you're at the pro level and you're, you're trying for pro contract, it is not a, it's not rainbows and sunshine, like a YSO and youth soccer, it's backstabbing and undercutting and false promises and people who will just say whatever it is they need to say to you to try to get you to sign with them or to sign the contract or to go somewhere to do something.

Quincy Amarikwa (19:56):
So be mindful of that when making these decisions, these are these aren't, these aren't small decisions, your official MLS means what's up brother, welcome to the live. Happy to see you. Thanks for the shout out on the, on the post. Um, the one known as Anthony said, watching this while working out in my room, got a fitness bench and squat rack of my own. Look at that leverage leveraging the time within that work, love that. Uh, let's see.

Quincy Amarikwa (20:29):
K 23 Amten S suggestions to set up a LinkedIn account. Okay, there we go. We're taking it. Another direction I liked that I suggested is to set up a LinkedIn account. And if I should, as a sophomore playing soccer, I have heard networking out there. It's very beneficial to getting up to play at the next level. I believe that, um, anything that could give you an opportunity to be seen and highlight and showcase yourself, um, is one that you should take full advantage.

Quincy Amarikwa (20:59):
Uh, I don't believe there are many, uh, sophomores, um, who have LinkedIn accounts and are focused on building that up. So I think that gives you an opportunity that you can tap into. So, um, I think what's most important to have something of value to provide it. You might not have a lot of experience, but you can showcase skillsets if you're really great at video editing, then highlight that show that if you're great at, if you're great at figuring things out and doing things, doing things quickly, or you're, you're like, whatever it is you believe you're good at figure out a creative way to showcase that be entertaining, right? Um, people want to be entertained and work, and if they have to choose between one or the other, they usually pick entertainment, but here are the MSL mentality mindset. If it's between entertainment or work, we choose the work so that we can enjoy entertainment in the future. So, uh, you can do both, just like the main you see up on the page right here, uh, courtesy of a tote, or you can have fun and put in that work.

Quincy Amarikwa (22:22):
Let's see. Let's see. I have a, I, it shoots up or for them. Yep. Okay. So answer that, uh, official. Yeah. Daniel asked you officially in Las Vegas now. Yes. Yes. I am sitting out on the balcony. I don't have a great view of the strip. I just have some of the mountains. So the rest of show you guys that gives a new meaning to the phrase, getting lucky.

Quincy Amarikwa (22:54):
Um, let's see, uh, the one known as Anthony asks, have you ever had to put up with players who were negative towards you? Anthony? Was that a joke, man? Are you, are you, are you trolling me right now? I know that's a serious question. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. All the time. All the time. Uh, not, everybody's going to be supportive of you, not, everybody's going to support you the way that you feel you should be supported or, um, are going to do things to help push you forward. Many people assume and believe that you're doing well, need them doing, uh, yeah. Assume that you doing well means they have to do poorly. That's not necessarily true, but, but that's how a lot of people view it. So, um, yes, yes. Okay.

Quincy Amarikwa (23:56):
Uh, what are your thoughts on indoor soccer? I think indoor soccer is a great, uh, great opportunity to get a little bit of a different type of fitness and touches on the girl. Um, it is not the same fitness as playing on the field grass. As you will tell, you can get, you can get a great shape playing indoor soccer. Then you can play intersect for like three months, be in great shape. And then you go out on the field, put on your cleats and run like for five minutes and you'll be just super tired. And it's, it's crazy how that works. Cause there are different types of fitness and indoor is a great, I think indoor is a great way for like cross fitness to do stuff, to break up your training and to have fun, uh, for your on-field stuff. K 23 said, I don't have a new highlight video or CD, but I was thinking about starting one after the season.

Quincy Amarikwa (24:51):
Once I have a CV and pilot. Okay. Um, yeah, you do the best. You do the best you can with what you got, but you try to plan, you try to plan the best you can to set yourself up for success. So, uh, in order to have a highlight tape and a CD, you have to have someone, or if there's someone who's recording, right. To have someone who's recording, you have to make sure that they're there and they're paying attention and getting the things that you need. And then you have to download that and make sure that you haven't keep it. You're editing it yourself, where you have someone who can edit it for you and capturing that as important. So the better you can plan, the farther you can plan the teacher, um, and the, and the more strategic you can be with how you're spending your time, uh, the better, better you'll set yourself up for success.

Quincy Amarikwa (25:50):
Let's see, uh, Ben Jammin asks, is there any skill drills you do? Can do without April, maybe muscle memory drills. Oh, okay. So let me think. Uh, yeah, we'll still drills I'll do is like pliers. So like you can do body paints and stepping so you can just serve your perfect set up. Oh gosh. So if you're doing fitness moves, so you're pretending like the balls at your feet and then body pants, but that body pants stepping, that's still activating those muscles and you can get repetition. So you step in step. No, go step go. Right? So it's movement trying to, and, and then you're shifting from side to side and you're trying to build your quads, your glutes, your calves, so that you can keep the fast Twitch muscles going and build stamina. So, so you can do a lot of stationary stuff. You don't have to have a ball and you don't, you don't have to be, you don't have to be on a field, right. This is a perfect example. We've been in quarantine for very long time. I haven't had the opportunity to do training with people, but you can still do things to keep yourself in Gates and, uh, and figure out things that can challenge you differently.

Quincy Amarikwa (27:28):
Uh, official MLS beams, sequencing miracle, a future coach of San Jose earthquakes. That would not be a bad decision by them.

Quincy Amarikwa (27:54):
Uh, no context, Dylan asks who's the best player you've ever played against who. So who's the best player I'm trying to think about like players that I played against in a real game, or just players, like teammates from that. So I'm just going to answer like some teammates that I've had, I'd say it's the best player it was. There's been, I think I talked about this in the past. There's best players for different, different reasons, but I'd say overall best player was probably Henri [inaudible].

Quincy Amarikwa (28:41):
Yeah. He's probably the best player. Like a fun fact. I was with New York red bulls for two weeks. So I had, I'd actually signed with red Doosan was signed to red bulls. And before I went to Toronto FC, that's a whole different story. We could probably get into that on another day. Um, but when I was there, I learned a lot from that short time while they're watching Henri play. So you you'd be the best, um, most underrated player that I played with, he was a top rated player. And I've talked about this before, was PRD PRD at Montreal. Like people know he's a really good player and he's, he's awesome. And like, great dude like him a lot. Uh, but I think for how good he was, he's underrated. Definitely think he was up in grade, uh, technically technical, like all control and very tight spaces, uh, best was, was Lucho, which was the best of that I've played with on that. Mmm. Vision, vision was brilliant. Vision was Wayne learned a lot plans with him and watching him and how you approach the game, how he thinks about the game. Uh,

Quincy Amarikwa (30:16):

Quincy Amarikwa (30:19):
Best finisher, best finisher is Danny Houston. So Danny is the best finisher that I've seen. And by that, I mean, range of shot, like from outside the box and inside the box best, best, uh, best, uh, cool score, right? Best bowl scores, one philosophy. So like one does not being a shots from like outside the team, like his technique. He shot a technique from like distance and stuff. Isn't like, it isn't like on like Danny's level. We I'm talking about like, Danny's the best finisher. Uh, but Wanda is the best, uh, those clinicals, like in the box for what else? I was like, I keep thinking if you guys like that, I can talk more about that. But those are like, those are some of the better players I've played with and the different ways, the context of Andres, the goat, uh, the one known as Anthony said, glad he didn't say a lot that come on, bro. I don't know what all the big deal is about that guy he's played. He's played well, just think of an Australian thing. Yeah. He thinking, but he's lost to the MSL a hundred percent of the time he's ever gone up against it. So, well, everyone says, okay, maybe you used to be great at this school. That's cool. You know what, I'm Julian, Julian drop it in shots of love.

Quincy Amarikwa (32:01):
Uh, yeah, [inaudible] said Anibaba Missy and Houston man. Yeah. I forgot. Uh, Joel did plant Houston Jews journeyman as well too. Um, Davis, California, where I went to college. Uh, Joe Jackson, you talked about your time there and how Henri made it past that nobody else you'd played, played with people could make. Yeah. Yep, yep, yep. Okay. So then you guys do, I did talk about that in the past and yes, I did see that. And then I think I told you guys that I also blew that chance and blew that goal and training and could tell that he was just not happy with, uh, uh, and it was more so I didn't, I'd always made the run and I'd always gone there cause I always saw that and thought that's the one that should be made, but I'd never played with a player who could actually get the ball to me in that position. And then there was the first time that it happened and when it did, I just, I was just like, yep. And missed it.

Quincy Amarikwa (33:00):
Uh, so that's why I say I learned a lot in that short time that I was there with him because I could even still reflect to think on that now. And I'm like, okay, well, I'll make sure that I won't make the mistake of just because I know what to do and I'm running into space and I'm going to be there. I still have to always expect to receive the ball, even if I don't. And, uh, that's a, that's a good thing to remember if you guys, uh, uh, one let's see, Wanda is the example of bull poacher. That's correct. He's got a knack for, I've always like study my teammates when I'm playing with them and just watching how they attack and approach the game and what Bondo is. Uh, Wanda's very good at doing is he maintains a steady pace throughout the game.

Quincy Amarikwa (33:55):
So he stopped particularly fast. He's not, it's not extremely slow, but he's very fit. He's deceptively fit. And it maintains a, he maintains a, a pace through the game that eventually makes players turn off and they stop paying attention. Cause they don't believe that he's a threat. They don't believe that he's going to do anything that could, that could punish them. And that's, that's his advantage. That's how he takes advantage of being that gold poacher being in that place at the right time because guys stop paying attention. And that's where he goes and finds this opportunity. And then, like I said, he's a very clinical finisher. So all he needs is one chance it's probably going to score if he gets that one chance. Um, whereas as opposed to, let's say imbalance with the player, kind of like me most defenders know, or the belief that, um, I could beat them on the dribble or I could, uh, I could use my strength, uh, to, to make it difficult for them.

Quincy Amarikwa (35:03):
So they always gotta be two days and focus in two days and focus into different focus, right? So there's like there's multiple levels to the game in different ways in which guys are playing it. And um, I think I learned a lot from that steady state pace, uh, with my time with Wando and, uh, have integrated that into my game as well too. So I always tell you guys, there's always something you can learn from every player that you play with. So, uh, soccer dad for life said, I'm here. If you can start now love that, uh, DC United Academy joining what's going on, guys appreciate the support. Uh, I remember, I remember in an MLS all star game in Philly versus Chelsea, John Terry even complimented one though at halftime. Yeah. Oh, okay. I remember that one. He was just saying his movement was just difficult to keep up with and I think that's what makes it difficult. Um, like I said, he's very fit. I think he played, I think he ran cross country in high school. And then was that cheapest state? Did he go to Chico state? I'm not sure.

Quincy Amarikwa (36:15):
I'm not sure

Quincy Amarikwa (36:18):
Official MLS means drop by with does luck, favor the prepared. And I would have to agree with that. Yes. Those who are prepared tend to get lucky luck. Uh, but I really only, I really think more so luck is something that we use to describe something we can't conceive as happening for a reason, like with preparation, right? Like it's like, uh, they did nothing and it just fell into the person's lap. But, uh, seldom does that seldom, is that the case,

Quincy Amarikwa (37:12):
a soccer dad for life asks, what is your biggest weakness in the game? I think, uh, one weakness, one of my biggest weaknesses is out. I'll get you focused on, I get too focused on.

Quincy Amarikwa (37:30):
Yeah, I'm trying to think of how best to describe it. I'll get too focused on trying to help the team. So like there's a saying, veterans will typically say to young guys and it's do less. Right. And sometimes doing less does more and I'll get so hyper focused on helping my team that I'll get to a point where the help now becomes counterproductive and it's not helping the team. Right. And that can become something that can become difficult to, to catch yourself in and know what to do when that happens. I think that's something that I would, I would, uh, I still, I still do that too much. Like, cause you see one of the core values here is over deliver value, leave every exchange haven't given more than one receipt, right? That's a core value here for Pixar and because I'm approaching every interaction and conversation and gain like that, there'll be times where maybe I need to be selfish.

Quincy Amarikwa (38:52):
I need to be more selfish on the field. I need to take that opportunity and take that chance. And I wasn't, or I don't, because I think that being selfish sometimes is the right, uh, is the right decision. But most of the time, most people that's their default being selfish all the time. And that's where you're, it's, you're over-correcting one way, but being selfless all the time, it's also, over-correcting another way. So it's knowing when to be selfish and knowing when to be selfless. Right. And that's the balance that you try to find. And I talked to you guys a lot about it here. Yo, shout out just to borrow, jump up, dropping by saying what's up. Uh, um, that can be difficult to find the balance in. And I think I talk a lot about that in the past with everybody in terms of say like, I think you find the balance by finding the extremes.

Quincy Amarikwa (39:47):
So I'll go completely selfish out to the end and then that's not good. And then you go completely selfless out to the other extreme and that's also not good, but by having both of those experiences, now I can actually be centered in find balance and I can, now I can now say, okay, now's the time to be selfish. Now's the time to be selfless. Right? But that is something that takes time to develop and you have to make a lot of mistakes to gain that experience and take it to that point in time. And once you get there, you might not be in a position where other people will give you opportunities moving forward. So you also have to be mindful of that and, and, uh, understand that that can also, if it takes you too long to learn, that can also be a big problem for you moving forward. And that can also prevent your ability to maintain, uh, the level you're at or get to the level you want to get to. So that was a good question.

Quincy Amarikwa (40:48):
Thank you for asking, uh, tactics, world joint. That's interesting. I haven't seen you before. Welcome. Uh, uh, Ben said I saved better, but maybe I should have said performed better overall. Let's see. Oh, speaking. Okay.

Quincy Amarikwa (41:09):
So you something else you said speaking of cross country, um, is long distance or speed better in your opinion, both, both as needed to appoint football, but which kind of players were better in, in the pro in the pros so long distance or speed. Okay. So the best way I could answer that question is setting a little bit of context. So if you don't have speed that sets you apart. So like natural, like people go, Oh, like he's got speech, he's got speed. You can't teach. If you don't have that kind of speed. And I'd say having long distance stamina in endurance is more important, better to focus in on because you have, you have, you have to meet, I believe more people have the body type, the physicality, the physical attributes to be able to develop longterm stamina. I don't believe everybody has the attributes to necessarily develop fast Twitch muscles of speed. You kind of, your speed is your speed. And unless you're a track athlete, who's going to focus on improving your speed over five, 10, 15 years. Um, that's too long of a track time horizon for it to be applicable for you and in soccer.

Quincy Amarikwa (42:29):
And so simply saying simply put a shout out Ronnie, on that, uh, long distance gives you a foundation that you can work with. And if you have that, you can, then you'll be able to develop speed. But if you just have a bunch of speed and no fitness, okay, you can sprint once really great. But then the game's 90 minutes. So we build bottom up England, 2130. Welcome. What's going on brother? I know it's two 30 in the morning out anymore. Let's see

Quincy Amarikwa (43:12):
A soccer dad said trying to teach my boy the same, be selfish when you can and play as a team when you have to that's it. Yeah, we're talking. Yeah. We're, we're talking about like moments in time and make decision making. That's really what we're always talking about here. How do you make the best decision for you in the moment to set yourself up for success today while not ruining the chances of setting yourself up for success in the future? So, so that is the skillset. These are critical thinking, um, conversations that we have, these are we're, we're trying to break down these questions in a manner that we can, we can create a system of thinking and a process that works for us individually. Cause we're all at different places at different levels of, of our process. And we all have different goals wants desires, ambitions. So this request one, Oh, that's true. Uh, Paul said, we need to get Justin on the pod. That's that's true. Justin came and joined for that sock pusher, but we should definitely get them on the purpose of a podcast. Uh, get a little bit of his, uh, his origin story address. And I don't know if you're still on, but we definitely would love to have you on the purpose of a podcast as well.

Quincy Amarikwa (44:34):
Uh, the one on, uh, Anthony said, Hey, Ben, Jammin as someone who ran cross country and tracking track in high school, both are beneficial, but I think track would be better since it's a bit higher intensity. I think you guys might be having another conversation about that jumped in the middle of it, little three 27. What's going on brother. You want to shout out your podcast to the group so they can go and listen and follow. Um, yes. I signed with, uh, Las Vegas lights. Um, soccer dad said, said, great response. Thank you. Um, yeah, 50 50 ball podcasts.

Quincy Amarikwa (45:38):
There you go. You guys haven't checked it out. Yeah. Thanks. Thanks man. I appreciate it. If you guys haven't checked it out, make sure you guys go check out their podcast.

Quincy Amarikwa (45:47):
Um, uh, the real, the real Elden asked, uh, the real E L D I N S what do you think is more important in young player and a young player, physicality speed and strength or technical skill, technical skill, technical skill. As you get older, you'll naturally have more, um, you know, hormones that are going to hopefully develop you. And for the most part, you're going to be as tall as you're going to be. You're going to be, you're going to have as much muscle mass as you're going to have. You can get stronger. You can, you can improve what you have, but kind of what you're born with is kind of born with a technical skill. Technical ability is something that you develop over time. And that comes down to repetition in that. Can I can overcome speed and strength if you, yeah. The strongest and fastest person can be beat by the most technically skillful person.

Quincy Amarikwa (46:55):
Yeah. Trying to think. Yeah. And the technically skilled person will typically have a longer career than the person who only relies on speed and strength. Okay. I like that. Alright. So, uh, Justin, Justin asked, hold them in the, in the line in, uh, in alignment with being out here in Vegas and Insta O B E S just said, congrats on Vegas. Thank you very much.

Quincy Amarikwa (47:40):
Uh, Justin asked Texas Hold'em or blackjack, and I'm a hold on guy through and through I, you know, black Jackson's okay. It's all right. But it's not really for me. I like hold them, hold them is a lot, way more into the mind games and, uh, and something that you can, you can, you can sit at a table for quite a bit of time and really, really go all in on it. I used to play a lot of Hold'em, um, growing up in high school, shout out all my, uh, Bakersfield Alliance teammates in high school teammates we'd have, uh, we'd have a lot of, we have a lot of, uh, uh, hold on tournaments and a lot of play on that, you know?

Quincy Amarikwa (48:30):
Uh I'll I'll I was gonna, I was gonna, I was going to call someone out for, for one of our, from our games back in the day, but I'll, I'll, I'll save that. Maybe I'll share that on another time, but definitely Texas Hold'em, uh, Montreal impact meme said, blackjack is just luck, hold them more skill and mental, mental, uh, mental. That's why Quincy likes that is correct. I haven't dropped a dime in your head emoji. That is true. That as well, uh, uh, the one known as Anthony said, unless we're talking you Ugo, right? That's Yu-Gi-Oh, it's not Ugo. It's you, you I'm trashing card Gates. That's a good one. A spiritual athlete. EO what's up brother. Haven't seen you in quite some time. What's been going on, give me a little update. As I have about eight minutes left in the live before we're, uh, circling it out here.

Quincy Amarikwa (49:34):
Uh, we played war highest card with know shout out or, Oh, gee game. Doesn't take much thinking. Just go do it. Uh, let's see. I think I saw another question came in. Um, I think to ask the question, but I missed it. So sorry.

Quincy Amarikwa (50:02):
A spiritual athlete said training with Oakland roots, five 10. So yeah, I like their marketing, the marketing they've been doing for the roots. It's been pretty cool. Plus for those of you don't know, I'm a, I'm a hypey movement kid. You know, I was at Davis back when, um, you know, uh [inaudible] and the whole hiking movement was, was taken off and getting super popular, um, fizzle dancing, the Federation, the team, uh, to short, uh, Mac Dre. Oh, taking a lot of good times. And Davis, uh, Joe Jackson Oak was, you forgot to mention my B days Monday will happy, uh, happy early birthday brother, happy early birthday, a HiFi movement.

Quincy Amarikwa (50:55):
That's vintage Bay area. That's E uh, mag Dre. That's right. Um, who's my favorite rapper. Hey, I'm different. I like good rappers for different reasons, but I like 'em two chains, uh, TJX. I like TJ because I like nonsensical, like hood music. That's like clever in its own way. And I think he has really simple, really simple bars, but they're clever and they're funny. And I just like, it's more like, it's like vibe music that I like. I like, uh, so like from rapping, from that perspective, I like, uh, I like that. And then I think like one of the, I think, I think it Lil Wayne and this is, so now we're talking about rappers. Okay. I talked about this in the past before, like Tupac and biggie are considered like big all-time rappers. And I think a big reason for that is also because like, when you, when you pass away early, before your time, you kind of become a moralized right.

Quincy Amarikwa (52:17):
And you're only remembered for like your greatest moment in time. And the way I look at it on the wrapping side, if that had happened a little Wayne, and I'm not saying that I wanted it to happen or that it should happen. I think that he would go down as one of the great, the greatest rapper of all time. Like there wouldn't be any dispute on that, but if you, if you go for too long and you're spanning too many generations and there's a bunch of generations always come up with counter culture, music, and music that they have, because they don't want to listen to your music. I think that's why everyone's talks about like mumble rap was a thing that the OGs were super mad about for super long time, but weren't understanding the full reason why it came to be in the first place.

Quincy Amarikwa (52:56):
So that's a good one. You guys get me talking about all, uh, a bunch of bunch of that when I'm looking at it. I like, I like new, newer. I used to listen to old Z stuff in college, but I like new JC for content. Uh, I think, I think the industry is realizing how influential their music is on the youth. And, and I think the content of the music is also important as well to you. So I know young, younger kids, younger people don't want to listen to people, talk to them and maybe necessarily pass wisdom onto them in the music. But I think it's good to get a balance of that. Uh, when you do that is all dance is dance is dance is yes. A great scene. And now that song's in my head is dance and you do this dance good times.

Quincy Amarikwa (54:10):
Oh man, I've listened to a little bit of ACL, but not as, not, not enough to know like his music, like I haven't, I haven't really listened to music in a while. I've been so focused on building all this stuff that I've been working on, that I haven't had a chance to really like listen to any music. I think today in my workout downstairs, uh, was the first day that I actually put on a song to listen to it. Cause it means that that new Drake song, I forgot what it's called. And then some other song arts arena was listening to you in the car the other day. And I listened to two songs today. And those were that's the first time I've listened to, to, to like songs, like actually went to go listen to music in, I don't know, maybe like six months, something like that.

Quincy Amarikwa (54:59):
So, uh, fizz dance after you score. And that might be decent. Throw it back. Great. I gotta listen after the live stream. Yeah. You guys gotta go listen to some old school, uh, hiking, Heidi, uh, hypey movement. Use it. Tell me where to go. That's probably the most like popular well-known one, but I liked the team Federation. I mean, just there's a bunch of like underground. Oh, you're droopy. Who was just like [inaudible] son. They had a couple of decent ones. Like not all the music was great. Don't get me wrong. It was a, not all of it was great, but there's some classics and it was fun. The music was just fun.

Quincy Amarikwa (55:48):
Then I just, all the smart pop me. Sure. Blow the whistle. Yeah. For safe measure. I'm going to listen to bloat bull Louis DVX. N I E L L. What's going on brother. Welcome. Thanks for stopping by,

Quincy Amarikwa (56:05):
uh, since the memer asked, when you consider a move to Europe in the future. Yes, I would. Um, that actually might not be out of the realm of possibilities. So I'm just, you know, joined Las Vegas, especially here with these last couple of days, uh, games before the year closes out. Um, but there have definitely been talks, uh, on the international front as well too. It looks like I've got a minute or two here before it's going to kick me off. So, um, before, uh, before Instagram does this thing, I want a picture of let everybody know. Thank you very much for, for joining in, um, all the kind words, uh, and, uh, the support with the, uh, with the announcement here in Vegas, I'm excited to get going and get started.

Quincy Amarikwa (57:00):
Uh, soccer dad said maybe Manchester city, you guys tell me MSL is just start to pick up steam. And I think people are starting to learn about what this is all about and what they've been missing out on. So I would not put anything out of the realm of possibility. Uh, everyone's spamming the heartbeat button. I appreciate that. Dropping them in your head emojis, always a pleasure. Great wisdom. Thank you very much. Thanks for stopping by. Uh, thanks for sharing the podcast. Thanks for, you know, supporting and all the kind words it's it's. It's awesome. I've really appreciated everybody, um, that come to Barsa MSCI might leave maybe come in and help you guys putting that stuff back together. Hey, make a connection. Uh, K 23. Thanks for your time. Quincy. I'm in your head. I love that. Thank you very much. Uh, Garrison re Riviera of course, happy to share, um, or England started 20, 21. Keep doing that work, Ben jam and dropping them in your head. Emojis. Everyone's spending that hard, but thank you very much. Uh, enjoy the weekend, Joe Jackson. Awesome. Yeah, everybody. Thank you Quivery much for stopping by all the time words. I will see everybody next week as always 6:00 PM. PST 9:00 PM. PST, and you guys know what it is.

Quincy Amarikwa (58:21):
I mean your head. All right, everybody. See you next week.