All year long, we will be bringing you up close to members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies team.
In this feature of the 2012 Get to Know the Rowdies, we spotlight defender Thurstan Johnson, who is in his first season with Tampa Bay.
Johnson is a local product from St. Petersburg and played collegiately at Saint Leo. Johnson joined the team as a trialist this preseason and saw action in three matches during the 2012 Rowdies Rush Preseason Tour.
What are you looking forward to most with the Rowdies?
Learning from my teammates and coaches
Do you have any gameday superstitions or traditions?
Listen to music and stretch
What is your typical pre-match meal?
Pasta & Red Bull
What has been your most memorable soccer moment thus far?
Playing overseas in Europe
Growing up, what soccer team did you support?
What is your favorite thing about playing soccer?
Who is your all-time favorite soccer player?
Who is your favorite athlete outside of soccer?
What is your favorite sport outside of soccer?
What is your favorite sporting event to watch?
What is the best event (sports or other) you have seen live in person?
List your top three favorite movies.
1.) Hitch 2.) Inception 3.) Rocky
Who is your favorite actor/actress?
What is your favorite song?
Cast No Shadow (Oasis)
What is your favorite TV show?
King of Queens
What has been the most memorable moment of your life thus far and why?
Signing my first pro contract with the Rowdies. I reached my childhood dream.
When was the most disappointed you have been and why?
I had an injury that sidelined me for some time.
What is the toughest thing you have overcome in your life?
Not making my high school soccer team freshman year
What is your favorite meal?
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Is there one destination that you’ve never been but have always wanted to visit?
What is the favorite place where you have lived?
St. Petersburg, FL
Do you have any siblings? How many?
Yes, two brothers & one sister
What is your weirdest “quirk?”
I am obsessed with Red Bull
What is your biggest fear?
What do you like doing in your free time?
Workout, hang out with friends & family, coach soccer
Who is you hero and why?
My mother, single mother of 4
If you had to pick three words to describe you, what would they be?
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
Thierry Henry/ I would enjoy all the football stories and advice
What is something you want your fans to know that they may not know yet?
I played striker my whole life.
Are you married and do you have any children?
Is there a sentimental or defining moment in your life that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?
Do you play soccer to honor anyone in your life?
My mother, she has sacrificed a lot for me.
Is there someone that you have met through soccer who you would consider an inspiration to you and why?
Malcolm Boyle – 1st Team Coach @ Ayr united FC (Scotland) / Taught me about the game & life
Chicken, Steak, or Seafood: Steak
Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi
Gatorade or Powerade: Gatorade
Red Bull or Monster: Red Bull
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
XBOX or PlayStation: PlayStation
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Country, Rock, or Rap music: Techno
iPhone, Droid or Blackberry: Droid