On his passion for soccer
My whole family played the game. It’s in my blood; it’s in my genes. My older brother was good. He represented the country and our family [on the Trinidad and Tobago national team]. I wanted to be better than him. I also represented my country on the national team and made my village proud. I’m still making everyone proud, my family and friends.
On scoring versus defending
I’m a defender first. I’m protecting my house, which is the goal—I don’t want anyone to break into my house. But any time I get a chance to go up for a corner or a free kick, I try to get my head on the ball and put it between the uprights [as he did for the April Switchbacks Goal of the Month against Reno].
On Trinidad and Tobago’s 2017 victory that sealed elimination of the U.S. men’s national team from 2018 World Cup qualifying (Jack was not part of that game.)
The next day when I walked into the locker room [in Pittsburgh], everyone was looking at me like, What really happened last night? Coach was like, “You guys kicked us out.” I was like, “You remember how Trinidad was about to go to the World Cup [in 1989] and wanted a draw?” That game was in Trinidad, and the U.S. won 1-0. I say “Payback time.” He laughed and said, “It’s 1-1 now.”
On finding ingredients in Colorado Springs for his favorite Caribbean meal
For about two weeks, I looked in the grocery for Browning, a sauce we put in the pot to season our stewed chicken and make it turn color. I asked the manager, and he looked and looked. Then I saw they brought it in, so I bought five at one time because I didn’t know when they were going get it again. I was like, relief—Yes, I can do my favorite thing now.
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