Revs in the Spotlight: A.J. Soares

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In this week’s edition of Athletes in the Spotlight, Boston Music Spotlight talks with New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares. The San Diego native and University of California, Berkeley product is in his second season with the Revolution, who are currently 6-7-4 (22 pts.) and will take on Toronto FC this weekend.

Boston Music Spotlight (BMS): What do you like to listen to before a game?

A.J. Soares (AJS): Pregame, I usually go with some hip-hop. Some Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Drake, you know – stuff like that. To kind of get me pumped up.

BMS: Do you have any musical talents (or do you prefer Rock Band/Guitar Hero)? And if you were in a band, what would your band name be?

AJS: Yeah, I play the guitar. I play a little bit of piano. I play the bass. I’m a terrible singer, but I can play those three instruments. I am in a band; we’re called “Catch and Shoot”. It’s in Berkeley, California. I’m also in another band. My solo project, that’s on its way. I don’t have a name for it yet, but I am in those two bands.

BMS: Which of your teammates has the best taste in music? What about the worst?

AJS: Best taste in music, I’ve got to say Macca (Stephen McCarthy) because he makes his own music, so I like to listen to his songs. Worst taste in music, I can’t say. I would never put someone out like that! But there is one person who has the worst taste in music, ever.

BMS: What was the first concert you attended?

AJS: The first concert I ever attended was ‘NSync when I was 12 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for my cousin’s birthday. It was awesome. It was maybe the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

BMS: Any concerts you have enjoyed recently or are excited to be attending soon?

AJS: I really liked the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. There were a lot of good bands: Slightly Stoopid, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, Al Green, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a bunch of bands like that. That was a cool festival in the Bay Area. I really want to see Red Hot Chili Peppers, even though I missed them when they were here, but that would be one band that I haven’t seen that I really do want to see.


Soares and the New England Revolution will host Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match start at $22 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Early attendees will receive a complimentary limited edition Sharlie Joseph bobblehead. The game will also be televised live on Comcast SportsNet.

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