Goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, currently plays in Major League Soccer (MLS) for the Chicago Fire and is also a member of the US Men’s National Team. Go on the road with Johnson this year as he gives you a player’s view into each MLS city, as only he can do. Take a look:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Major League Soccer (MLS)! A great achievement, and the league continues to get better and better every year. MLS is also no stranger to expansion and over the course of the six years that I’ve been in the league, six teams have been formed and perhaps none more anticipated than NYCFC.
The club was announced, and as expected, the reception was incredible. The idea of a team not only in the center of the Big Apple, but also sharing Yankee Stadium with one of the most iconic sports teams in American history created a buzz that resonated around the country. Just when we thought there were no more surprises, the team announced the signing of, Mix Diskerud!
Mix would probably love to tell you guys how much better at FIFA he is than me but we will save that story for another day…let’s talk NYC! New York City, commonly known as the city that NEVER sleeps, is next up on my road trip. Let me be the first to tell you, the city has definitely live up to its nickname. A fast pace city with an endless amount of activities going on that is sure to keep you constantly intrigued! There is no one better suited to give you guys the best insider to the city than the maestro himself, so here’s what Mix had to say:
SJ: What are your three favorite restaurants in the city?
A local Mexican spot named, El Centro, in Hell’s Kitchen. And especially the chef that was there last Wednesday night - perfection!!
Le Bilbuquet. A French restaurant, French owner. This one is busy, so it's hard for me to recommend it. But if you are in the neighborhood and are able to squeeze in - you've got to heaven through the eye of the needle.
Tao. If you are equally or more interested in fashion or who you sit next to as to the good food you are eating - then this known restaurant is it. Definitely a ¨ people watching¨ place.
SJ: What are three “must see” things here in the city?
Must see the kids and adults that constantly are adding memories to Central Park
Life under the bridges
SJ: What’s the best time of year to be in the city?
MD: Changes a bit every year - but usually right when the apples turn green and ripe.
SJ: What makes your stadium unique and what kind of atmosphere can you expect at a NYCFC match?
MD: Off-sides gets a new dimension, and the atmosphere is one of the best in the MLS. Noisy and energetic! New Yorker's know how to be great fans.
SJ: What’s the best place to grab a drink before going to your game for fans?
MD: If you're a fresh NYCFC-fan I think there is free drinks in a 2-mile radius around the Yankee Stadium on match days. If you are supporting the away-team you should enter early and stay 100% sober to try to give your team an edge. Then join our fans on their way home - and you will have seen the real N.Y. with a big smile and a grin for the rest of your life.
SJ: What are some of your favorite cities to visit for road trips?
Columbus - their fans prove they understand all aspects of the game.
Toronto - it's the best planned and structured city in MLS.
Orlando - people are easy - life is easy.
Sogndal (Norway) - prettiest landscape ever.
Mexico City - the Azteca. Never been there. My highest dream since childhood. Adrenalin, ¨underdogism¨, craziness, and passion.
SJ: Lastly, tell me why fans should visit your city?
MD: Excellent question if you hadn't been here, Sean. But you know it's not anybody's city except for the ones that seize the day. But if you do - it's yours from dusk to dawn and in between. You are a New Yorker every time you are here - and never when you're not. You've been here, so you know that! Some people say it's gonna get a little cheaper here if voters and Trump decides for him to move into public housing in D.C., but I don't really know.