Meet the Supporters: Brad Bates

This is part of our weekly series where we meet some of the people who will be joining the Assembly Line this year. Keep an eye out every Wednesday for a new segment! Please reach out to Westen on Twitter if you are interested in taking part in this. 

Westen Shelton: When did you start watching soccer, and what teams do you support?

Brad Bates: I started watching soccer early on in my life growing up around a former USL team in New York where I grew up, as well as playing soccer most of my life as well. But it wasn’t until the last 4-5 years that I really started watching and paying attention to soccer in the international leagues. The clubs that I follow are Barcelona and the USMNT but I enjoy watching Premier League matches as well.

WS: I suppose if you bring up USMNT, this is as good of a time as ever to ask, what do you think of the Gregg Berhalter hiring?

BB: The biggest thing for me with the hiring of Berhalter is that the team will finally have a stable consistent coach to lead the team not worrying about who is going to coming in next. I will say surrounding his announcement that it feels like it hit short with the build up. I am looking forward though to seeing how he plans to coach the young team that the USMNT has been playing with.

WS: What is your favorite live soccer moment ever?

BB: My favorite soccer moment was back in college at Spring Arbor while playing our rivals. The tensions were high with back and forth scoring and taunting. Regulation ended in a tie and it went to sudden death overtime and less than ten seconds into overtime Spring arbor gets the ball and scores an incredible shot from outside the box to win the match.

WS: You brought up Spring Arbor. Were you there at all when Nate Miller was the coach? If so, talk to me about what you think of his coaching style.

BB: Yes, I was there while Nate Miller was coaching he came to Spring Arbor about half way through my college career and took over the team. I like Miller’s coaching style because it doesn’t focus around a single player, it focuses on the team as whole succeeding working together to win and it brings out the best in every player. The community at Spring Arbor surrounding soccer is a strong one and the fans really get into it and support our men’s and women’s teams loud and proud, and I think Nate would agree that it is a great crowd to play in front of.

WS: What are you most looking forward to about the Ignite season coming up?

BB: I am most looking forward to seeing the team that is put together and how Nate Miller is going to bring them all together. I am also really excited to be apart of The Assembly Line and cheering on our team!

WS: What are your main hobbies outside of soccer?

BB: Outside of soccer I watch a lot of college football, which I follow Michigan (sorry MSU fans), and college basket which I am a huge Syracuse fan, but I also enjoy exploring the great state of Michigan with my wife.

WS: Tell me something you love about the Lansing area.

BB: The Lansing area is great in general because it is a growing area with lots to offer. My two favorite parts of Lansing to explore is Old Town and REO Town. Also, the growing sports scene in Lansing is amazing with the Lugnuts and now LIFC!

WS: What would you tell anyone who is interested in joining the Assembly Line?

BB: I would say if you are even just thinking about it JOIN! It will be a great time and a great group of people to connect with more than just at the match days.

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