Oklahoma City Energy FC announced on Thursday that it has acquired Nate Polack on loan from Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League.
The 24-year-old is a native of Lincoln, Neb., and has been with Minnesota since 2012. Polack played his college ball at Hastings College and won an NAIA Championship in 2010.
Polack sat down with The Oklahoman after practice on Friday to talk about the differences between Minnesota and Oklahoma as well as the NASL and USLPRO.
Q: How’s it feel to be here and get to play?
A: Good. I got the call on Monday you know, I had this opportunity and was excited. I made the 12-hour drive the next day. That was kind of tough. Jimmy (Nielsen) said I may get some time, I was hoping to have a chance to help the team and push for that playoff spot.
Do you think the soccer pyramid, putting NASL above USL PRO, is still relevant?
I’ve never paid much attention to it. Coming down here and playing with these guys, it’s a great quality.
Have you ever been to Oklahoma?
No, this is my first time.
What do you think?
It’s a little warm. I haven’t been able to make it around anywhere yet.
What do you think of Energy FC and Pribil Stadium?
The environment, the fans, the quality of soccer here is really good. It’s exciting to see. It’s great. The atmosphere and the fans have been really welcoming.
Are you familiar with USL PRO?
Not so much. But coming down and playing, good first impression.
What do you do when you’re not playing soccer?
Back in Minnesota I coach a lot. I coach some club teams, coach high school and camps. I like to stay busy.
So is it soccer 24/7 then?