Thanks to Puerto Rico FC’s kindness and Tyler J. Rudy’s eagerness to speak with us, we were very fortunate enough to be given the time to have a question and answer session with the player, which we truly appreciate.
Tyler spoke to us about coming through the ranks in the United States, his new life in Puerto Rico and what he wants to achieve in the future of his career.
Q: Which young players coming through the super draft, should MLS fans keep an eye out for next season?
Rudy: “I would first mention Jeremy Ebobisse. I grew up playing with him as he played for the same club growing up. The ball seems to stick to his feet. He may be faster with the ball than without it it seems. Not to mention his wicked left foot. I would then mention Romilio Hernandez and Douglas Goodman. Both got drafted late in the third and fourth rounds, but if given a shot they will turn heads. The sad part is, not many late draftees are given a true shot. The first rounders seem to get all the attention.
Chris Odoi will be an immediate starter for D.C. United in my opinion and may turn into one of the best right back in the league with experience”.
Q: What advice would you give to the young players signing for their first MLS club?
Rudy: “My best advice would be to understand that you are becoming the new guy all over again. Your new teammates are full of experience and there will be veteran players on every team that young players need to learn from. All draftees need to make it a point to fit in on and off the field and the best way to do that is to watch their teammates. For me, Scott Caldwell is and will be my role model for years to come. I watched how he played every training and tried to emulate his game”.
Q: How was your own time spent in the MLS with New England Revolution?
Rudy: “My spell in the MLS was cut short in my opinion due to my season ending injury during the 2015 summer. I had a great preseason, earned a contract, then was sent on loan to the USL affiliate Rochester to gain experience and playing time. I was recalled for the US open cup and started and played 70odd minutes and played well. When I returned to Rochester I tore a few ligaments in my ankle and needed surgery. I rehabbed for the rest of the season and did not have my option picked up. I wasn’t able to show enough in those few months in Rochester and unlikely got injured at a tough time. Other than that, my experience was incredible”.
Q: So, would you consider a return to the MLS?
Rudy: “I am fighting hard to return to the league. I deserve to be on an MLS roster and I think most people would agree. I’m thankful for the opportunity New England gave me, but I think I could have shown them more and I’m looking forward to getting that shot hopefully in the near future.
It is my ultimate goal to return to the MLS! I haven’t finished what I set out to do and haven’t been given a true chance to prove myself”.
Q: How do you think your old club New England Revolution will get on next season?
Rudy: “The Revs have the personnel to win the MLS cup almost every year in my opinion. It’s all about how the team is put together and how cohesive they can become. It will be interesting to see how they regroup after missing out on the playoffs last season. They need to sure up their defence and put together consistent performances throughout the entire year”.
Q: and…Which clubs would you tip for success next season? Maybe a surprise package?
Rudy: “I personally think that Philly could be a dark horse this upcoming season. I think the Galaxy will be even better this year. Toronto will be also be a hard team to beat”.
Q: Finally, how have you adapted to life in Puerto Rico and your new club?
Rudy: “Puerto Rico FC has been a fantastic experience for me. On the field, Ive been given the opportunity to gain experience and prove myself at this level. The staff and upper management work very hard to grow the club and give us the best chance to bring success to Puerto Rico. Life in Puerto Rico is beautiful and humbling at the same time. The United States living standard spoils us and living in Puerto Rico has helped me realize this in certain aspects. Living 50 yards from a beach is pretty sensational I must say!”
We would like to thank Tyler again for taking his time out for this interview, we wish him all the best for next season and his journey towards making a return to Major League Soccer.