Frankie is a former professional soccer player and current brand ambassador for the Columbus Crew SC. Frankie spent 16-years playing soccer professionally, during which he represented the United States in two World Cups and two Olympics, and competed in two MLS Cup Championships (including the Crew SC’s 2008 MLC Cup victory), just to name a few of his extraordinary accomplishments. Now Frankie spends his time capitalizing on his high energy personality, skating around town representing the Columbus Crew SC everywhere that he goes! In this episode we talk about Frankie’s experience playing professional soccer, his time playing abroad in Germany, his time representing the United States in the Olympics and other international competition, his love for Columbus, and all that him and his team at Columbus Crew SC have going on and planned for the future!
(00:00:00) Frankie Hejduk & the Columbus Crew SC
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(00:01:35) The SunDown Group
(00:01:57) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:02:30) Conquering Columbus
(00:03:30) Background on Frankie Hejduk
(00:04:30) A typical day in the life
(00:07:30) Columbus is learning soccer
(00:08:30) Frankie in Germany: “The beer drinking American”
(00:09:45) The differences in soccer culture from Germany to the United States
(00:12:40) Getting fans in the stands
(00:21:45) College at UCLA, choosing between soccer and professional surfing
(00:23:00) Making it to the MLS
(00:24:30) The 1998 World Cup
(00:30:45) 2002 Olympics (Sydney, Australia)
(00:35:15) I didn’t worry about the future, I just focused on the moment and enjoying every step
(00:36:40) How can you learn more about Columbus Crew SC and get involved with the movement?
(00:38:45) Future goals? I’m living for the moment!
(00:41:20) Live uncomfortably
(00:44:50) Final words
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(00:46:25) The SunDown Group
(00:46:45) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:47:13) Conquering Columbus outro music