Small Talk with Sesty : Phoenix FC Head Coach David Robertson

Posted on: May 24, 2013

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Like most guys, I love sports.  ESPN is always on my TV and I spend countless hours every year, conducting important research for my fantasy football league in the fall.  One sport I’ve been desperately trying to learn more about is soccer aka futbol.  I’m one of a handful of people that never played soccer growing up and I regret that.  Like most of us, I become a dedicated fan during the World Cup but I have wanted to get more into the sport for a while now.

So you can imagine my excitement when the Phoenix FC Wolves were formed.   The Wolves are a part of the 13-team USL-Pro league here in the U.S.   They play their home games here in Tempe, at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium and are coached by former international soccer star David Robertson.  Robertson played professionally in Scotland (he’s from Aberdeen) for Aberdeen FC, winning the Scottish League Cup in 1989 and the Scottish Cup in 1990.  In 1991, he was transferred to the Glasgow Rangers and helped lead the team to nine consecutive championship titles.

Six years ago, he moved to Arizona to serve as Director of Coaching at Sereno, Arizona’s elite youth academy.  He now splits time between his duties at the academy and Phoenix FC.  Coach Robertson realized that there was an opportunity for soccer here in the valley and wanted to do something about it.

“Tempe is a great city,” Robertson says.  “It’s modern, nice and always busy.”

Home games at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium are a fun time, with a good atmosphere.   Home attendance is around 2,500 per game, which is really good considering this is their inaugural season.

Robertson played defense in Scotland, so I asked him if he is more of a defensive coach.  He says that he tries to focus on the defensive aspects of the game but that they try to be more attack minded.  The Wolves’ short term goal is simple: get into the playoffs.  Long term, they hope to be the top-5 team annually.

When I asked coach if he thought an MLS team in Phoenix could be successful, he didn’t hesitate to answer, “This is a city that can take an MLS team.”

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