On January 16, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi signed a new multi-year contract to remain with New York City FC.
In two seasons, the 25-year old Libyan international has produced 19 goals with seven assists in 52 matches across all competitions.
Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks speaks at length with Tajouri-Shradi about his contract, his family, his club and the turmoil in his country. Tajouri-Shradi has four caps for Libya, a nation that has not played a home match since 2013 due to civil war.
“If we can play at home, it would change a lot of things,” Tajouri-Shradi said. “If we played the last important games in Libya, then last year we get to African [Nations Championship]. You play in front of 70 or 80,000 Libya fans, there is another energy.”
Also on this episode of On Frame, Crooks focuses on the amazing career of Christine Sinclair, who recently broke the international record for goals scored — men or women. Karina LeBlanc, who was Sinclair’s Canadian teammate for 15 years, was there for Sinclair’s first training camp at the age of 16.
“We were playing a small-sided game and she was right in front of the goal and instead of blasting it home, she put the ball where the keeper wasn’t,” LeBlanc said. “I remember thinking ‘wow. I just thought this kid is going to be special.'”
LeBlanc is also the head of women’s soccer for Concacaf and gives her thoughts about the initial stages of Olympic qualifying and a progress report on the Jamaican national team.