Steve Zakuani admits he is extremely excited about the next chapter of his soccer career with the Portland Timbers.
The 25-year old winger, formerly with Arsenalās youth academy, finds himself in Oregon after spending the past five years with Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders.
Zakuani reunites with his former Akron Zips coach Caleb Porter at JELD-WEN Field and he is looking forward to again playing under the Timbers boss.
āItās been fun. Obviously when I came here I was looking forward to playing with the players in this group and working with Caleb Porter once again,ā he told the Oregonian.
āComing here and seeing how he works, bringing back memories from college, itās been exciting.
āIām integrating into the team right now, Iām getting used to doing things the Portland way on and off the pitch.
āItās been an easy integration. I know him (Porter) from before and I think heās grown a lot as a coach, for the better and obviously Iāve grown a lot as a player since college. That was one of the things that made me excited to come here, the chance to work with him again, because I know he can get the best out of me.ā
As for the inevitable question regarding the Timbersā rivalry with the Sounders, Zakuani insists he is only focusing on his new club.
āI spent some great years in Seattle, five very good years, but things come to an end and this is a new beginning, a new chapter,ā he added.
āNow I play for Portland and Iām going to give everything for Portland. My only focus while Iām in Portland is to give everything for this team and this jersey and this city. I donāt think about Seattle anymore, that chapter is closed.ā
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