Columbus Crew SC winger Pedro Santos shared some of his thoughts with Major League Soccer fans this Monday as the Portuguese winger was interviewed by former player Stephen Keel in an Instagram live session hosted by the league’s account.
During the interview, the 31-year-old Santos was asked about his best moment with the Crew so far and he didn’t hesitate in selecting his long-distance shot that evened the score in Columbus’ 2-2 draw against rivals FC Cincinnati in the first-ever ‘Hell is Real’ meeting in MLS, last August, at MAPFRE Stadium.
The goal went on to win the Crew’s Goal of the Year award in 2019 and was nominated among the MLS Goal of the Year candidates this past season.
“That was my favorite moment,” Santos answered. “It was a fantastic goal and made me have an amazing feeling. I watch it anytime I can and it never gets old. It was an important goal in a derby, in a packed stadium and it meant a lot to the team and to me.”
Santos also detailed how his routine has been since league play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winger has been splitting his time between activities to keep his form and enjoy the time with his family.
“We’re having online team meetings twice a week and it’s been nice to see everybody and work together for a couple of hours,” he explained. “In the rest of the week, we work by ourselves with the program the team provided. I have two kids, so they keep me very busy too with homework and playing. When I have some free time, I like to play a lot of ‘Call of Duty’ and Artur and Luis Diaz normally join me and we play together.”
Santos also spoke about the influx of young talent on the Crew roster and listed some of the most promising players of the team in his opinion.
“I think we have a lot of great talent here,” he commented. “Sebastian Berhalter is a very good player and I believe he’ll have a very successful career. We also have (Aboubacar) Keita, who played with us last year and did really well. And also Diaz and Milton Valenzuela, who have more experience, but are still young.”
Living in Columbus since 2017, Santos praised the people and the city and recalled his first season in MLS, in which the Crew advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals and was just one match away from playing in the MLS Cup Final.
“That first year was really special,” he mentioned. “The team was playing really well and I believe we were unlucky to not win that second (Eastern Conference Finals) match against Toronto and go to MLS Cup. The end was sad to us, but to play in a final, it was really nice.”
Taking the next step and winning a trophy for Columbus is Santos’ main goal, he admitted. The Portuguese, who will turn 32 on Wednesday, didn’t think twice when asked about what his birthday wish would be in 2020.
“My biggest wish is to win a trophy with the Crew,” he said. “In my personal life I have everything I need with a great family and, especially now, everyone being healthy, so I hope I can with a trophy with Columbus.”