In our three-part series ‘Freshman 15’ we will be sharing the thoughts of rookies Josh Yaro, Fabian Herbers, and Keegan Rosenberry as they reflect on their first season in MLS. Each edition will focus on one rookie as they give their five takeaways from the year, collectively creating 15 lessons the rookie class has learned this season. Our first edition features defender Josh Yaro.
Selected second overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Josh Yaro had his fair share of bright moments for the Union this season. Appearing in 17 matches for Philadelphia, he recorded over 1,300 minutes in his rookie year. He also played four games with Bethlehem Steel FC, logging over 300 minutes with the Union’s USL affiliate.
Here are Josh’s five takeaways from this season, including some sound advice for potential incoming rookies next season.
- Be prepared to work really hard because nothing is going to be easy from day one. It is hard work but not impossible.
- Enjoy your debut and take it all in because you would want to remember it forever. My best MLS moment is when I made my debut.
- Everything happens so fast to the point where you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself. It’s worth having a short term memory when you make mistakes...learn from it and move on.
- Keep everything simple and don’t try to make every play a “big” play. The simple things will make you “special.” In other words, just do your job!
- Lean on the veterans and always reach out to your teammates when you need help. Don’t try to figure everything out on your own! You have a lot of help so make sure to use it. Be accountable for your actions on and off the field.