Talkin’ Soccer with Andy Iro

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 23, 2010

SEATTLE (BASN) — At 6-feet-5 and 205 pounds, Defender Andy Iro of the MLS’ Columbus Crew could have played any sport that he wanted (with great success) but growing up in England it was just natural for him to play soccer.

“Where I’m from soccer is sacred and I would compare it to the way many of the young kids play basketball in New York,” stated Andy. When he’s on the field you better make sure that he’s accounted for at all times and despite his size he finds a way to slip pass people without being notice.

“I started off playing the game as a Forward and just grew into a physical defensive presence but I’m very comfortable pushing forward when the opportunity presents itself,” said Andy.

This young man has completely committed himself to the sport and always looking for ways to perfect his game. He started doing Yoga last year and was amazed at the results it produced.

“I use to solely do stretching exercises but when I added Yoga to my regiment that really catapulted my body to the next level,” commented Andy.

Size, power and athleticism are the things that separate Andy from the rest of the pack. He also has the ability to create as much space that he needs for himself.

Drafted by the Columbus Crew with the sixth overall pick in 2008 out of the University of California Santa Barbara, playing professional soccer has been a dream come true for Andy.

“Getting to this point was fairly easy but maintaining a spot on the team and become successful takes hard work and dedication and I’m in it for the long haul,” added Andy.

Although he’s been in the league for three years now the memories from his MLS debut are still fresh in his mind. “I’m not taking anything for granted and each match is a new experience that I embrace regardless of the outcome,” stated Andy.

His most memorable moment came against the New England Revolution on September 6, 2008 when he scored his first MLS goal. This season he has already scored two goals in the five matches that he’s played.

The home victory over the L.A. Galaxy is something that he will always treasure. “My sister came over to see me play and that in itself is awesome to me. It just so happened that I started the match and was name MVP of the game,” Andy proudly said.

At this time, Columbus holds first place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points.

“We are doing pretty good at the moment and winning but we’re not playing up to our full potential yet and when that happens we are going to be dangerous,” mentioned Andy.

The next test for the Crew will come against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday and you better believe that employee No. 6, Andy Iro, will be ready when his name is called.