“I grew up in a tough overseas experience, but it helped me grow”
Jung Sang-bin, who is expected to be a key striker for Hwang Sun-hong, 스포츠토토 reflected on the difficult moments after going overseas, but vowed to use the experience to become a better player.
The South Korean U-22 national team, including Sang-bin, held their final training session on Friday at 7:50 p.m. at the Changwon Football Center Auxiliary Stadium to prepare for their U-23 Asian Cup Regional Qualifier Group B Round 1 match against Qatar at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been with the national team,” said Jung Sang-bin, who joined Hwang Sun-hong after returning from the U.S. on April 4. “I think it’s a very important tournament as it starts the qualification for the Paris Olympics. I will try to start as a team with all the players,” said Hwang Sun-hong Ho.
After being hailed as a “super rookie” at Suwon Samsung, the Korean athlete has had a bit of a rough patch since his overseas adventure, but he was candid in his reflections on his experiences so far.
“As everyone knows, after I left Suwon, everything was very difficult,” he said. “I didn’t play much in Switzerland, and there were some injuries, but when I moved to the United States this year, I met good people, got opportunities, and things changed,” he told fans.
“I have a lot of experiences. I feel a lot from watching the players on the pitch and my brothers on the national team, but it’s really hard to live abroad. It’s hard to live alone and communicate in the language, but I’ve been able to grow a lot because of it,” he said.
Minnesota United’s Jung Sang-bin is very happy with the MLS in the U.S., where he plays. “I think the MLS is a huge market, not because Lionel Messi is here. Messi’s arrival is a big plus, but I really like the MLS itself, so it wasn’t a big decision.”
At the start line of the long road to the Paris Olympics, he expressed his desire to play on the “dream stage” of the Olympics.
“I watched my brothers compete in the Olympics. It’s not an easy competition,” he said, “but it’s a ‘dream stage’ for all athletes. I’m trying very hard to reach that stage as well,” he said.
“Coach Hwang emphasizes that I play more aggressively. He’s emphasizing more aggressive moves and off-the-ball aspects. I’m trying to work on that,” he said, showing his commitment to becoming a player who fits in with the team.