Jarad (or JvS) re-signed with Charleston this offseason and is set to play his sixth season with the team. The 6’2 defender was a rock for the Battery in 2019 starting all 34 matches and was named Most Valuable Player. A true leader on and off the pitch, we caught up with the Battery captain in this week's installment of Behind the Black and Yellow.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Tualatin, OR
Q: What is one thing you have to have when traveling?
A: I like to have my phone with me and maybe a neck pillow when I don’t forget it.
Q: What would you be if you weren't a professional soccer player
A: I was taking accounting courses in college until I realized I would be pursuing soccer after college so I switched to a business administration degree so I could graduate early with a degree and still play soccer.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received?
A: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Q: Who has been your biggest motivation?
A: My parents. My mom passed when I was in high school so I always try to live up to what she would want me to be.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Charleston?
A: Hard to pick just one, but I'd say the weather!
Q: Have you picked up any new hobbies during social distancing?
A: Not really, I need to rekindle some old ones like guitar/fishing.
Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
A: Teleportation would make traveling for games a lot easier.
Q: What is one thing that is overrated?
A: Social media! I’ve been trying to cut back.
Q: What is the best purchase you have made so far this year?
A: A new mattress!
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who tell you to get off your phone and then immediately get on theirs. Hypocrisy in general.
Q: Who would be your all time five-a-side team?
A: Zidane, Ronaldinho, Edgar Davids, Iniesta and Messi
Q: What is your go to karaoke song?
A: Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks. You are unlikely to see me karaoke, though.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be and what would you be doing?
A: I miss snowboarding, maybe Vail snowboarding. I also have Patagonia on the travel list.
Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Q: If you had to choose one teammate to survive on a deserted island with, who would it be?
A: Dante Marini - He’s an engineer so we have a chance of getting off the island and he would take the longest to get on my nerves. I’m sure I’d get on his first.
Q: What is one thing fans might not know about you?
A: I get motion sickness very easily
Q: Black or Yellow?
A: Black - I like the all black uniforms!