On the field, fans can catch Dani Rovira patrolling the sidelines. Off the pitch, the outside defender is cooking up some mean meals.
As his father likes to cook, Rovira has joined in. One of his favorites is a Colombian dish that has beans, rice and steak, as well as a salad.
“It reminds me of home,” Rovira said.
Currently staying in Boston with his father and older brother, Rovira’s family is originally from Colombia, where his mother and younger brother are presently.
While with his older brother, who also played soccer, the two compete in juggling contests and kick the ball around. In addition to his individual work and time with his brother, he has also participated with his Hounds teammates in the team’s virtual training sessions.
“It’s different, but it’s still enjoyable,” Rovira said. “We’re putting in the work and we’re waiting for the season to start. It’s good to see the guys.”
The upcoming 2020 season will be Rovira’s second straight season with the Hounds and second playing professional soccer. He played a role late last year for the Hounds, appearing in three of the team’s final five regular season games. He also logged minutes in the team’s 7-0 playoff victory against Birmingham Legion FC.
Now, he will be looking to build off of these prior experiences.
“I think we did great last season and developed throughout the year,” Rovira said. “We won the Eastern Conference regular season and we’re hungry for more. I want to help the team keep on moving forward.”