Last Saturday, in his first season as a Seattle Sounder professional soccer player, Manheim Township and Stanford University grad Brian Nana-Sinkam played in his first professional level game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The video captures his post-match interview.
These matches are called “friendly’s.” It’s a chance for players who are not first string to play against a first rate professional team. The match has no bearing on standings.
At their best, friendlies are an opportunity to see new talents, try new styles of play, test youth, and maybe even convince a player to eventually join the Seattle Sounders.
Plus, the Sounders will play a bunch of talents who are on the fringe of the 18. This is a huge test for the S2 players and irregular First Teamers. Frankfurt is a bit interesting, too. They aren’t a great Bundesliga side. There are a few well-known players in the US (Chandler, Fabian).
Eintracht Frankfurt are currently in the USA as part of the Bundesliga World Tour and the club’s preparations for the 2017/18 season.
The Eagles, who count USMNT international Timothy Chandler as part of their pre-season squad, will be stateside from 6-18 July in what will be the club’s first official visit to the country.
Niko Kovac’s charges drew 1-1 with Seattle Sounders at the weekend, and will play two more friendly matches against MLS sides San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew.
Here are the highlights of the match:
Here is Brian’s Player Info:
Name: Brian Nana-Sinkam
Born: January 1, 1995 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Lititz, Pennsylvania
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected with the 22nd pick of the First Round in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Signed to S2’s roster on March 22, 2017.
Nana-Sinkam made his professional debut in a 2-1 season-opening loss to Sacramento Republic FC (March 26), scoring his first professional goal in the fifth minute.
A two-time national champion at Stanford, Nana-Sinkam had an accomplished four-year career with the Cardinal. The defender made 71 total appearances, including 67 starts, and earned All-Pac-12 First Team and NSCAA All-Far West Region Second Team honors as a junior and senior. In his senior campaign, the Cardinal captain was also named a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American. Nan-Sinkam’s lone collegiate goal came in 3-2 win against Cal-Berkeley on November 16, 2014.
The son of Samuel and Peggy, Nana-Sinkam has three older siblings – Christopher, Samuel and Alexandra. Christopher played basketball for Swarthmore College, while Samuel attended Bucknell and played football. Alex also attended Stanford. A product design major, Nana-Sinkam appeared for the Philadelphia Reserves and attended Mainheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Selected No. 22 overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Signed to S2’s roster on March 22, 2017.