Q & A With Freshman Ellis McLoughlin

Oct. 12, 2007

Freshman forward Ellis McLoughlin has spent the last two years playing with the U-17 U.S. National Team before bringing his talents to Washington this fall. While with the national team, McLoughlin was in the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and was the squad's leading scorer for two years. Now a Husky, the Seattle native has already picked up two assists in the three games in which he's played and will make his home debut at Husky Soccer Field Friday night versus Oregon State.

GoHuskies.com caught up with McLoughlin this week...

GoHuskies.com: So how has the season gone for you so far?
Ellis McLoughlin: 'It took me about three weeks to get cleared so I've only played in three games, but it's been a good experience so far. We've played well and have just gotten a little unlucky in the last three games so hopefully we can get a win against Oregon State.'

GH: Your start with the Huskies was delayed because you were playing with the U-17 U.S. National Team at the FIFA World Cup. What was that like?
EM: 'We trained all summer and the tournament was in late August and early September. It was the best experience of my life so far. We didn't do as well as we should have, but it was a good experience.'

GH: You lived away from home for two years while in the U.S. Soccer Residency Program. How difficult was that?
EM: 'The first year was kind of hard, but last year was mostly a grind trying to get better for the World Cup. I was just focused on soccer. Soccer is my life so I wasn't really giving up much even though it is kind of hard being away from my family and friends. It's nice to be back home.

GH: Was your family able to see you play very often during that time?
EM: I would come home like every two months but they would come down for tournaments, so I saw them probably once a month.

GH: Did you expect to have an immediate impact at Washington?
EM:'That was my goal so I'm glad I did.'

GH: What has it been like playing on the front line with Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen?
EM: It's been good having that quality up there with me. They are good to play around because they are so good and they make you better. That's why I've gotten my two assists because they've been up there to help me.'

GH: How are the college and international games different?
EM: 'The fans are definitely different. There are a lot of fans in the international game and it's a good feeling knowing you are playing for your country. But I am proud to be a Husky so I'm excited.'

GH: Have any of the upperclassmen taken you under their wing, so to speak? Helped to show you the ropes?
EM: 'Ely Allen has taken me in pretty well and showed me the ropes in the month I've been here. It's been good.'

GH: Friday is your first home match. What are you looking forward to most about playing back in Seattle?
EM: 'Playing in front of the fans. They'll get a chance to see me for the first time so I'll be trying to impress them. It will be exciting to play in front of my friends and family because I haven't played in front of them for two years.'

GH: The team is still looking for its first Pac-10 win. How big is this next game against OSU?
EM: 'We're looking at the Oregon State game as a must win for us. We've had the quality to win the last three games, but we've just been unlucky. We've had a lot of chances in the last couple of games and I think we are ready for a win.'

GH: Good luck on Friday!
EM: Thanks.

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