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 second edition features Fabian Herbers.
With their final first-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union selected midfielder/forward Fabian Herbers from Creighton University. Herbers had 32 appearances with the First Team and started 13 matches in 2016. He was utilized both as a lone striker up top as well as on the right wing. The German native scored three goals this season and also led the Union with seven assists, the most of any rookie in the league.
With his first year behind him, Herbers reflects on 2016 with his five takeaways from his rookie year.
- The game isn’t over until the final whistle is blown. Especially in MLS there are so many goals in the last minutes and extra time. Always keep pushing until the very end.
- As a rookie, don't feel like you have to be starting right away. If you do, good... but if not, just stay patient and keep working. The season is LONG and your chance will come.
- My favorite memory is my first goal against Columbus at home. There is nothing like scoring in front of the home crowd.
- MLS is faster and more physical than college. Know that you'll have less time on the ball, and you must play smart with only 2-3 touches.
- In terms of adjustments off the field, you’ll have so much more time than in college. Find some hobbies for your free time, I like to play golf, and read. Do your best to try to stay occupied in your free time.