In today’s “Getting To Know You,” we highlight Utica City FC netminder, Andrew Coughlin. Andrew is in his third MASL season, after taking over goalkeeper duties from Silver Knights great Bryan O’Quinn. The 6’0″ Baldwinsville, NY native played for Canisius College, as well as Syracuse University. In the offseason, he trains with former teammate and current MLS goalkeeper for Toronto FC, Alex Bono.
Name: Andrew Coughlin
What made you start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was five years old. Mostly because my older sister played and I wanted to be able to play as well, and my parents were firmly against me getting any inklings to play football. I fell in love with the game and can’t get enough of it.
Growing up, who were your favorite players?
My favorite player growing up was/is Gigi Buffon. I had started to focus on becoming a goalkeeper when I was 12 years old and watching him in the 2006 World Cup just solidified my thought that being a goalkeeper was the best position on the field. Buffon has this presence on the field that instills the guys in front of him with confidence. Seeing him have such a successful career for so long just goes to show how much quality he really has.
Do you have a favorite team, besides Utica City FC?
My favorite EPL team is Chelsea. I had the good fortune to experience their 2012 Champions League win while I was in Europe and that experience is one that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Who has been the most difficult player to play against in your indoor career?
This is a question I’m really struggling with. There are so many good players in our league that are good at different aspects of the game. I would have to say Tony Donatelli. Being a division opponent we see Baltimore so many times and Tony is such a good technical and cerebral player that no matter how we try to stop him, he is still able to get goals and assists.
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When you’re not playing soccer, what do you do in your spare time?
I’m usually coaching either with Syracuse University or SDA, but when given a free moment you can catch me on the Xbox or binge watching some Netflix.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I used to have so many superstitions when I was growing up but I have come to realize they have little effect on my performance. Now the only thing that I need is some music to get me hyped on the way to the arena.
If I were to choose my favorite position in indoor soccer, it would have to be goalie. I play it whenever I can. Watching Andrew in goal, is a thing of beauty. Thank you for taking the time out to answer my questions! Next up: Coach Ryan Hall. I ask Ryan about his favorite players growing up, and if GM and former coach of the Silver Knights Tommy Tanner gave him any advice when he took over the team. Until next time MASL Nation!