Many lessons are learned during an athlete’s rookie season and as Josh Yaro closes the chapter of his first year in MLS, he begins to look ahead to his sophomore season and what he hopes to accomplish along the way.
“The 2016 [campaign] was an interesting one for me,” said the defender. “It was a good learning experience and there are a lot of positives to build on for next season. My goals for the 2017 season are to become a regular starter from the beginning of the season, have an injury-free season and do my best to stay healthy at all times, do my individual job and give my maximum effort at all times, and become one of the top center-backs in the league by the end of the 2017 season.”
Individual accomplishments tend to correlate with team success as well, and Yaro hopes to see the Union build on the strides the club made in 2016 and solidify the identity they began to create as a notable organization.
“As a team I would like us to continue to have a great home record, start getting results on the road, be the toughest team to play against in the league, and of course - bring home an MLS Cup.”
With his downtime over the last couple weeks, Yaro has been spending time with family and relaxing all while keeping soccer on his mind. Anxious to get back on the field, Yaro sees 2017 as an exciting time to be a member of the Union organization.
“There is so much to look forward to next year. Working together with my teammates and the coaching staff to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the MLS Cup is one the forefront of my mind. I am also looking forward to seeing all the faithful and loyal fans, especially the Sons of Ben cheering us on at home and on the road. And above all, just playing and having fun with all of the guys – I can’t wait to get started.”