Nov. 28, 2006
Sophomore Ian Clair traveled with the team late in the season, and saw action against IUPUI this year. He sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to answer a few questions about himself.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go somewhere in Europe, like Greece, Spain, Germany or France. I've heard a lot of things about each country that interests me, like the culture. I would like to see a soccer game in Germany, France or England. There is a lot of interesting history in Greece.
Since coming to Indiana, I've learned:
Life can be a lot easier if you figure out what you want, then you can go ahead and start getting it.
What is your favorite sport besides soccer?
To play, table tennis. I like to shoot in basketball, I like to play HORSE or PIG. I like to watch tennis, football, basketball, soccer, and the Olympics. During the Olympics, I like downhill skiing and gymnastics.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My dad. He's accomplished so much, and I look at his life and it looks pretty cool. He's got a successful career, he was a good athlete and he's happy now. He was a wrestler at Franklin & Marshall.
The best thing about Indiana is:
Soccer. The relationships you make here in soccer are going to be so helpful later on. Also with academics, you get a good education here. It's a good university.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
We had club soccer games on Sundays. I used to love coming down in the morning. I'd eat breakfast and I'd be so excited for my soccer game. I'll always remember that.
Something that many people don't know about you is:
I went to the World Cup in Korea in 2002. I got to see one U.S. game, against Korea. We tied them 1-1. I also saw a game with France. My club team, F.C. Copa in Philadelphia, won a tournament called the Copa Coca-Cola. The winner played a team from the Midwest to determine who would go to the World Cup. Since we won the tournament, we got to be flag bearers for the U.S. World Cup game. We got to walk out onto the field holding these little flags, and we tilted them up and they sang the national anthem. It was a really unique experience. Not many people have seen a World Cup game, and I got to see two of them, so that's awesome.
Why did you start playing soccer?
My parents were a big influence. They'd always ask me what sports I wanted to play, and my dad really pushed soccer. He lived in Mexico City for a while, and he would see professional teams play and he liked it.
What do you like best about Coach Freitag?
I like how he makes things personal. He likes to get to know you, and wants to know who you are. I think that helps me get better. He makes you feel comfortable.
What makes Indiana different from any other program?
The unbelievable success that they've had. The dedication that is there every year. We have the same goal every year, which is the highest goal you can set. We want to win a national championship. I'm sure a lot of schools have that goal, but I think this is a program where every year it's an attainable goal.