More from John Spencer
SPEAKING OF BOOZE, WHAT’S THIS ABOUT YOU INVITING OREGONIAN SPORTS COLUMNIST (AND SOCCER SKEPTIC) JOHN CANZANO FOR A GLASS OF WINE?
Yeah, we’re going to have a glass. I told him, “I know you’re not a big soccer fan, but you seem like a nice guy.” So I said, “Come down to the office after the first match in April, and we’ll have a glass of red.” Hopefully we’ll be celebrating a win.
YOU SIGNED KENNY COOPER, AN AMERICAN WHO’S BEEN PLAYING IN GERMANY. DOES HE FIT THAT MOLD?
I’ve known about him since we played against him when he was with Dallas and I was with Houston. About three weeks ago, the league dropped his name on our desk. They said, “Would you want him?” I think it took 25 or 30 seconds to say yes. Not a rah-rah kind of guy. He leads by example. He’s first on the training field, last off the field. His enthusiasm and professionalism will rub off.
HOW CLOSE IS THE ROSTER TO BEING COMPLETE?
I can’t really say. I can say right now, I’m busting with pride that I’m the head coach of this roster at this moment. There’s always room for improvement. Every team in the world is looking to improve. But right now, I’m very, very happy. OK, I kind of sat on the fence a little bit, right?
ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE DRAFT?
We got the kid we dreamed about for the last six months, Darlington Nagbe. Hopefully we’ll get to see him perform at a very high level. His family have done a great job. He’s very well-educated, and most of all a great young footballer in the making.
WHO ARE YOU LOOKING TO AS THE VOCAL LEADER?
It takes a bit of time for the leaders to emerge. We’ll take our time. I’m a not guy who’s looking for players in the locker room to talk a big game. It’s easy to say things. Hard to do things.