An interview with Baggio Husidic

Baggio Husidic (9), Nate Jaqua (r)

Here is an interview I did with Fire rookie midfielder Baggio Husidic prior to last Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake. Baggio, , who grew up in Libertyville and played at UIC, touched on a bunch of subjects in the interview including his play with the Fire this year and his early years spent in Bosnia, Germany and eventually Chicago.

**You've played some pretty big minutes as of late, how do you feel you have adapted to MLS play?**

**BH:** At first it was pretty tough. But I fell that I adapted pretty quickly and that kind of gave me the chance to play more minutes and obviously once I started playing more minutes... all the nervousness and all that kind of stuff kind of slowly goes away and I started becoming more confident and more comfortable around the ball.

Check out the rest of the interview after the jump.
**Whether it's been on the wing, as a defensive midfielder, or as an attacking mid, you've played in a few different spots so far this year. Where do you think the Fire see you playing and where do you like to play?**

**BH:** I think they look at me as more of a holding mid but I think I've been playing a little more offensive. I like playing more offensively but I don't mind either offensive or defensive.

**Obviously you grew up with quite a bit of turmoil in your life. You and your family had to flee Bosnia when you were young and then - in pretty quick succession - you moved to Germany and then to Chicago, can you give me a sense of what that was like?**

**BH:** It was tough. Probably the toughest thing I'll ever have to do. I'm sure it was a lot tougher for my parents than it was for me just because I was pretty young but the best way I would describe it would be that it was tough but in a way an unbelievable experience that made me a tougher person at the end.

**What was the role of soccer in your life as you grew up? Was it a little bit of an escape for you?**

**BH:** Yeah definitely. Especially in Germany where there was a lot of racism going on and that kind of stuff so soccer was always a way to kind of feel at home. It was a way to be accepted. In soccer they don't judge you on where you're from, what you look like; they just judge you on your skill and it was good that soccer was always something that I could fall back on.

**You moved to Chicago when you were pretty young. What was it like for you coming up in the Chicago area after spending your early years in Europe?**

**BH:** I moved into government housing in Chicago in a pretty bad neighborhood for two months. I played a lot of soccer tennis which was kind of a way to escape the area. Then we moved to Franklin Park, mostly Hispanic neighborhood and it was still pretty tough. I didn't know a word of English and there were a lot of gangs it was tough but still it was still good experience. Then in Libertyville I lived in a little above average neighborhood that was fine and I liked it there so Libertyville I'd say was probably the best.

**Government housing couldn't have been what you pictured when you imagined the states. What were your first impressions of the country?**

**BH:** Scary. When you say the US everyone pictures both parents having a job, you have a nice house but we got put in these [government] houses and I remember waking up the [first morning here] and remember looking in the alley and it was all dark there was a big parking structure and I just thought to myself, 'How are you supposed to live here?' and it was a really scary moment for me.

**Being a hometown kid it has to be pretty special for you to be able to play with the Fire...**

**BH:** It's a dream come true. Really that's the best way to describe it as a dream come true. I'm happy to be here I'd stay here my whole life if I could and I have no complaints at all.

**I'll finish with a question that deals more with your future. Where do you see yourself - as a soccer player - at this time next year?**

**BH:** Hopefully I'll be starting. Obviously everyone's goal is to start so why not have the same one? I want to have a good offseason, come in fit and prove to the coach that I deserve to be on the field.

**How about in five years?**

**BH:** Pretty much the same thing. Just have a solid starting spot, contribute to the team, get more goals and more assists and hopefully have some championships.

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Thanks again to Baggio for the interview. He's playing an ever increasing role for the Fire and should be a player to watch for the team in the years to come so hopefully this piece gave you all a bit more information on him as a man and as a soccer player.

I'm hoping to be able to get a full match preview for the Fire - Houston match up tomorrow, but at the very least I'll have a prediction up so check back for that later on...

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  • Sweet. Sounds like he wants to stick around.

  • Wanted to get his autograph at the superliga game had 1st row seats in the area where they warm up and dude would even say a word. But Calen was cool I talk to him.

  • Great insight into his life experience so far.

  • If I'd done as much moving around as he had, I'd probably want to stay in a good situation forever, too. To me, it was very telling that Baggio was the first sub off the bench on Wednesday. Like all rookies, he started out a bit rocky, but he's coming along great and could certainly find himself a spot in the starting 11 soon.

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