We’ve gone a while without an interview – but they make a long awaited return today, as we got the chance to interview SF Delta defender Karl Ouimette, the ex player of MLS sides, Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls. Karl, who was part of the Supporters Shield winning squad in the 2015 season for the Red Bulls, has made a number of appearances for his national team. We spoke to him about his time at SF Delta, how he felt when Red Bulls released him, and of course the in famous kicking incident with Romeo Parkes. Here’s what Karl had to say!
How are you enjoying your time at San Francisco?
I am really enjoying my time in San Francisco. The city is great, the group of players we have is awesome, the coaching staff are very good and we have good results.
What was the feeling like when New York Red Bulls released you?
I was disappointed for sure, but I understood it was good for me to change environment. After being in MLS for 5 years as a young player, some change was good for me and like I said earlier, I really enjoy my time here in SF.
You have only scored 1 career goal so far, do you hope to score more?
I always want more and I am good on set pieces, so I know it’s going to come. I scored in MLS with Montréal, but also 2 goals in the USL playoffs with Red Bulls 2.
Are you hoping to get back in to the Canadian national team?
Playing for Canada is very special and I love representing my country. Of course I want to do well on the club level to earn my spot back into the camps. Canadian national team soccer games remain some of my best memories.
You were involved in the kicking incident with Romeo Parkes last year, what was going through your head at the time?
The incident with Romeo Parkes was quickly forgotten and I moved on, because I didn’t suffer any injury and was able to get back on my routine the week after.
You were part of the New York team to win the Supporters Shield, was it a good feeling to be lifting silverware early on in your career?
Being part of the Red Bulls was an amazing experience. A great team that treated me well on and off the field. Winning that trophy was such a great achievement and I was so proud of the whole team!! Now I will be looking for the next one, for club or country.
You spent 5 years in the MLS with Montreal and New York Red Bulls, are you looking to make your way up to the MLS again, or would you prefer to play in a Different country all together such as Europe?
Playing in MLS was a great experience. I will see what options I have for next year, but I would be open for a change. Playing in an other continent would be exciting and I think I could gain a lot from that experience. Rejoining an MLS team is one of my goals as well.
If you could give one piece of advice to youngsters wanting to get into professional football, what would you say?
For me, working hard and not putting too much pressure on myself was the perfect recipe. The mental aspect of the game is so important, so always try to be positive and get better, results will come.
Like I said earlier, playing in another continent could be interesting. I would love to play in Europe, but staying close to MLS is a good option as well!
We’d like to thank Karl for taking the time to answer our questions, and all of us at Dictate The Game look forward to following how he gets on in his career.