Inside Look: Frank Klopas - Part Two
Thu, 7 Feb 2013|
Part 2 of Frank Klopas' exclusive one-on-one interview with CSN's David Kaplan - 2/7
We know we turned into an inside look for wrinkles. Presented by Cadillac. What was it like growing up your Greek you come here at age eight. This is a melting pot city more than probably any other city and our country what was it like growing up. Trying to become americanized -- still not losing. Your identity. Yeah I think look family. Is very important. Degree community and I think -- you know as you're going up you want about. And transition. A lot quicker but you know I think you know what when my family go to church have responded to the Greek orthodox church and do and events I think. Looking never forget where you come from and where you are because and they issue. For me that's been the driving force in because obviously I came here when I was eight my parents. Came here when I was spot so I was slot behind I grew up my grip so the sacrifices. But Dallas always remember where I came from because. That was always a driving force behind that I wanted to be successful wanted to succeed you know. Another thing it -- into this thing is that I that I think about denied talking to my parents are talking to my mom she told me that in the place where she worked. -- just very thankful for the opportunity. That she was given and 27 years. In 47 years she never missed one there were not -- -- -- -- and -- many days -- you could have stayed behind so. You know I look at where I am today and the opportunities I've had and to be doing something I love doing so for me. You know every time I wanna complain. Put on the board point seven I was look at that and I'm certain. Have nothing to complain about them you know I've been given a great opportunity. It was something I love doing and you know it's always good reminders that have. If you -- wind your brain your parents leave you edit your age five this is still agrees. They come here to try to make a better life. And then you get called if you're coming in AJ. Rewind your brain that that day what was that like tough I hated it you know because I was sure that even though they were here they were here because they. The second year that there were here I came for summer and spent. You know -- have monster in a way to go back you know our -- about so it was very difficult leaving. You know my life behind and my friends and stuff and come into. -- new place. Very difficult that was. You know I still remember the day when I was driving the -- to go to the airport you know it's very vivid in my mind and man I was close at tighter than I had before -- been immensely close mine that. I hated hated that although here and it took. You know like it took actually been two to three weeks I never left the house -- on and obviously they don't kid you get situated to meet France. You know I started playing soccer so I'm working you know my church team saying these that was actually the first. Organizing that I played soccer with as a youngster here. And you know that. You absolutely learn soccer opened doors for you there. Yeah I think you know that soccer is. Open doors has given opportunities to meet people travel the world. And made the world lots more you know it's a big world but I mean I'm sure a -- after the other -- just say the same -- with soccer everything seems. So much smaller but I've been able to do things that I probably would have never done if it wasn't. For the sport that's been great in my life. You have had an amazing journey you've come to United States I think you're eight. You get on your eighteenth birthday you've become a US citizen. Now you're the head coach -- one -- the most visible sport cities in the world. You look back on it marvel we're here today. I mean I think. Things kind of happened I think when when I was. A young kid coming into. To this country's soccer it was almost nonexistent you know you would I would drive around my that in you know for the parks and you know what was looking for opportunities -- for kids to play. Where I could join in and be a part of that in it was nonexistent so when Michael in my dream of an advantage was to do professionals are well. Never thought I was crazy. But you know I mean it's easy it's easy to look back and you know do I think I can say that you know first of all them. Very thankful to my parents because you know through the sacrifices that they made you know myself. My sister my Brothers have had better opportunities I think this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't. You know for the sacrifices they made and they made big sacrifices you know to come here because. They really -- enjoy life but all that was done for a for the kids have a better opportunity. And I think that I've had that so for so long very thankful to them. You know I can reflect back now for the Korean. There's many ups and downs in on I think a lot of times in this life and people want things to happen overnight but they don't but you know being in this situation for -- well. I'm very thankful very humble. But you know it wasn't something that was given to me it was an easy it was -- a lot of hard work. Up next. Early risers. At the big egos but you know I think everybody kind of brought those egos and called to duty. What things can -- we're not going well we made the change inside look. Bring Clovis who returned the ball.