ORLANDO, Fla. — University of Maryland midfielder Amar Sejdic comes from a football family.
His father played professionally in Germany before moving the family to the United States. From that point, Sejdic began his developmental rise in the game. He’s now looking to make the most out of the 2019 MLS Player Combine this week in Orlando.
Pro Soccer USA caught up with the former Terrapins midfielder to discuss the combine and his thoughts on the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, which takes place on Friday in Chicago.
Q: What are your thoughts on the MLS Combine?
Amar Sejdic: “It’s been going well. All eyes are on us, so the expectations are big. Teams want to know the players and get an understanding of what kind of character they have and potentially bring to the team. So, overall it’s been going well, but you have to be concentrated and understand you’re representing not only yourself, but my school and family.
Q: What’s it like back home in Louisville, especially with soccer being such a big spectacle?
AS: “It all started in Berlin because my father played in the fourth division, so I always had a ball on my foot. After we moved to the United States, we moved to Louisville. Immediately, I began playing soccer and developing there. ”
Q: Have you attended Louisville City games?
AS: “Looking back, I would never think to see Louisville growing into a soccer city. Since they arrived on the scene, I was able to train with the team a couple of times, but also attend the games. I’m familiar with [former coach] James O’Connor and the culture he implemented there and how it’s been so successful.”
Q: How do you define your time at the University of Maryland?
AS: “It was great. It was a learning experience. You’re in an environment where soccer isn’t the only thing in your agenda. You have to balance your time with soccer, academics and having a social life. It’s something I had to take in and adjust to. I studied economics, but it got to a point where I was maintaining my performance on the field and I was doing enough to succeed on my classes and finish the year not only graduating but winning the College Cup with my school. ”
Q: What feedback have you heard from the coaches at the combine?
AS: “I met with the Montreal Impact and FC Dallas, and they really like my ability and that I’m a technical and composed player. It goes with the system of play. I need to be more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball, so a lot of good feedback I’m taking in.”
Q: What are your expectations heading into the MLS SuperDraft?
AS: “Every player has the aspiration of getting picked. We all have the dream of this job and doing something we can enjoy. But looking toward Friday, it’s something you think of but can’t get too distracted by.”
Team Copa's Mitchell Osmond, left, and JJ Williams battle for the ball during a training session at the professional soccer MLS Player Combine Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack for the Orlando Sentinel)