Nat Borchers

The Real Salt Lake veteran wants to win a Supporter's Shield before he retires. He opens up about that and more.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

Playing rec league soccer in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

Tab Ramos

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

For my first cap I subbed in for Pablo Mastroeni in the 85th minute. We were playing a friendly against Colombia. Funny thing is, Bruce Arena subbed me in as a center-mid when I normally play center-back. I was pretty nervous and I ended up running around the field for five minutes like a chicken with its head cut off.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

I like guys who can both work hard behind the ball and also have composure in possession.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

I dislike players who don’t hold themselves accountable for their actions.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

I love to compete. It doesn’t matter if it’s training or a real game, I just love to compete.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

I’ve always wanted to be a better long-passer of the ball.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

Robin Fraser

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

Robbie Russell

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

Winning the MLS Cup in 2009.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

Either losing the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Final or losing to Mexico in the 2004 U-23 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Both of those hurt pretty badly.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

You can’t lose focus for even a second against higher-level teams.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

Pablo Mastroeni, Mark Chung, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, and Javier Morales

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

Preki, Damani Ralph, Omar Cummings, Carlos Ruiz, Taylor Twellman, Eddie Gaven, Brian Ching, Landon Donovan

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I’d probably be running my own business—something related to personal finance or real estate.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

Winning a championship. Either a Supporters Shield or MLS Cup. We still haven’t won a Supporters Shield and I really want to win one of those in my career.

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