During training, you picked up an injury to your quad that sidelined you for the past week. Are you back to 100% yet?
Today was my first day back in training, but I’m feeling a lot better. I didn’t want to rush anything because with the season right around the corner, I want to be healthy. It was tough not being able to train, so I’m happy to be back today.
The team has been in training camp for three weeks. Are you starting to get used to playing with your new teammates?
It keeps getting better every day. The work rate and the communication on the field have really improved from day one. Obviously, we still have things to work on, but everyone is training hard so I think things are coming along well.
Describe the team’s playing style and how you fit into that playing philosophy.
Our main goal is to possess the ball. We don’t want to be one of those kick-and-run teams that require long balls and full-field sprints. We like to pass the ball around and move as a unit up the field. I think it fits my style very well because I like to keep the ball and move it around as more of a possession passer.
What has impressed you about your fellow teammates so far?
I think what’s been impressive so far is how quickly we’ve come together. It’s not easy to jell as a team in the limited amount of time we have, but everyone is really committed to getting on the same page. The overall skill level of our team is really high, but the attitude and the mental approach of the team as a whole is just as good.
Have you started to look ahead to the regular season and the individual opponents you’ll be facing?
In the situation we’re in, I think it’s important to focus on our own team goals and continuing to make progress as a unit. I expect the competition to be very strong in the league, but I haven’t started to look ahead just yet.
If you had a message for Silverbacks fans, what would you say to them ahead of the upcoming season?
Well, I think we’re going to play an attractive style of the play that the fans will enjoy, but it’s going to be important to get their support. We’re a young team and we’re going to feed off the crowd, so it’s going to be exciting to see the fan base cheering us on all season long.
What do you like to do when you’re not on the soccer field?
I’m the type of person that likes to go out and do stuff. I typically try not to just sit around. I like to go to the mall or the park and hang out with friends.
Wow, it’s hard to say. I like Mexican and Italian food. Some of my favorite dishes might be chicken alfredo or a homemade Mexican torta.
Favorite type of music?
I listen to a lot of hip-hop music, but I also like listening to Latin music like reggaeton.
Favorite TV show?
Anything involving stand-up comedy. I love Dave Chappelle–both his show and his stand-up routines.
Favorite sports teams?
I like to root for my hometown teams. I follow the Astros and Rockets a lot and I keep up with the Texans, but they’ve been struggling.
Parada is expected to play in the midfield for the Silverbacks and can also be used on the outside. With an impressive scoring record in college, Parada will look to get forward in the team’s offensive attacks. Cheer him on as the Silverbacks kick off the season on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Silverbacks Park against the NSC Minnesota Stars.