GD: How did you react to the trade and coming to Toronto FC?
Kevin Goldthwaite: I thought it was a good thing and it wasn’t a surprise. It was a relief knowing that finally I would be playing. Coming to Toronto I have ability to get better. If it doesn’t work out at I gave it a chance.
GD: How important is it for players that get drafted in MLS to actually getting playing time in the first year?
Kevin Goldthwaite: If you get drafted you need to start and get off on a good foot. By getting minutes it shows that your coach has faith in you. Especially for guys that spent four years in college, I didn’t have a very good first year but I plugged away and kept working hard. Effort and determination are the two most important things you need to have.
GD: What are your goals as a player?
Kevin Goldthwaite: My goal is to eventually break in to the national team. Left sided players may be a little bit more valued. There a chance to step in and get an opportunity in a Gold Cup.
GD: Playing behind Wade Barrett in Houston you had a great example of professionalism?
Kevin Goldthwaite: Wade is the most consistent guy in the league. He taught me how to handle myself off the field. The guy is consistent and always ready to play, always in a good mood.
GD: What area of your game do you want to improve most?
Kevin Goldthwaite: I have always wanted to work on my individual defending. It hasn’t been my strongest suit. What I bring to the table is getting up and down the flank. If I am not getting in 4-6 crosses a game it is not a good game.
GD: How tough is it leaving a tight-knit championship team?
Kevin Goldwaithe: Leaving good friends is tough but for my career it has to be done. There is nothing but respect on my end.
*Note: Kevin Goldwaithe scored the game winning goal for Toronto FC this past Saturday in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.
He has been in a starting role ever since being traded to Toronto . You can watch Kevin Goldwaithe take on his former team the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night on Channel 55 at 6pm central time. Goldthwaite will be matched up against former teammate Brian Mullan in what could be a great individual match-up. Mullan is due a break-out game and Goldthwaite is coming off his most memorable MLS game to date in his young career.