After a hard day volunteering at the House that Ching Built, Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark took some time to answer a few questions from HoustonDynamo.com about his life, on and off the field.
You have been in Houston almost two weeks now; how has the transition been?
It’s been great. The guys have been very supportive and helpful, making me feel right at home.
You have spent most of your life in Colorado, aside from the three years you went to SMU. Has it been difficult adjusting to the different climate in Houston?
Well, right now it’s nice and cool. Back in Colorado, it’s starting to get chilly around now, but I’m definitely not looking forward to the summer in Houston.
Talk about your experience with the U.S. national team at the 2009 Gold Cup.
It was such a great honor to represent the entire country. It was a good experience, playing alongside guys like Brian Ching and Stuart Holden. It’s almost hard to put the experience into words.
What did you know about Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear before you were traded to Houston?
I knew that he was a very intense coach, a great coach, and I’m definitely looking forward to working with him.
What are some of your favorite off-field activities?
Golf. I also enjoy watching most sports aside from soccer, but football is probably my favorite sport to watch.
Coming from Colorado, are you a big snowboarder or skier?
I used to be. I was a snowboarder, and my brother is quite the extreme snowboarder. I’m sure when I’m done playing I’ll try and get back into it. I obviously can’t do much snowboarding in Houston, but even when I go back home, I’m a little scared to do it, after the knee surgeries.
How are you feeling after the surgery?
Good. I’m about six-and-a-half weeks into rehab, and I have started running and feel a lot farther along this time as supposed to the first time. I saw a different surgeon this time around, and I'm really happy with my progress so far.
If you were not a professional soccer player, what would you be doing?
I love soccer, and after I’m done playing I would love to coach youth teams. So I imagine if I was not playing professional soccer, I would be a coach.
With three weeks left in the regular season, what are your plans for the off-season?
I’ll be rehabbing my knee. I’ll finish up here and then head back to Colorado to sort some more things out for the move here, but mostly I’ll be focused on my rehab.