Interview With Toronto FC's Steven Caldwell

Published: Feb 26, 2014 13:22pm EST
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 26, 2014 @ 01:22pm EST


Recently I got the chance to pose some questions to Toronto FC defender, Steven Caldwell. Born in Sterling, Scotland and playing most of his career in England, Steven Caldwell is now one of the first names on the Toronto FC team sheet. Although he may be overlooked with the recent arrivals of Jermain Defoe and New Jersey native Michael Bradley he will be key at the other end of the pitch, keeping it locked at the back.


JB: Most of your professional career was spent on the books at Newcastle, although you spent some seasons on loan, how tough was the transition when you eventually moved to rivals Sunderland?

SC: It wasn't that tough at all. I loved living in the North East and to have the opportunity to play for a wonderful club like Sunderland, in the area that I felt at home, was a very logical choice for me.


JB: What was the reception like that following season when you traveled back to play Newcastle in October 2005?

SC: The reception was mixed. Obviously I was playing for the opposition in the derby but I think the Newcastle fans appreciated how I felt about their club and my decision to leave was purely based on the prospect of playing regular first team football.


JB: From Sunderland you moved to Burnley and then Wigan and back to the Premiership. Again your old club Newcastle was involved with your debut being away against your first club. Which of your previous clubs do you have most affection for?

SC: I have great affection for them all. If I had to choose I'd say Burnley. To achieve what we did with that football club was very, very special.


JB: Two years after you left Wigan they would lift the FA Cup but also get relegated from the Premier League. How special for a player is the FA Cup?

SC: The FA cup is the greatest cup competition in the world. It's an honor to have played in it. I'm only disappointed that the furthest round I personally participated in was the last 16.


JB: Speaking of winning Cups another of your sides, Sunderland, will be taking on the side Wigan beat in the FA Cup. Will you be finding a TV to watch this game on March 2nd?

SC: I will be doing my upmost to find one here in North America. I don't know my schedule but I'm sure I'll watch it live. Naturally, I'm rooting for my former team!


JB: Now in Toronto how are you settling into life in Canada?

SC: I love life in Canada. My family have settled well. Toronto, in my opinion, is one of the great cities of the world. Also I'm lucky to play for a progressive and exciting football club which if feel will grow from strength to strength in the coming years.


JB: A few weeks ago you were voted Toronto FC’s best player of 2013 from the Toronto FC news site. As a player, how good of a feeling is it to be taken to the hearts of fans to that extent?

SC: It's a great feeling to be appreciated. Although what we have here is very much a team effort. I'd much rather swap every individual award for a team accolade. I'm certain we are on the right path to achieve that goal in the near future.


JB: Back to your time in England and which Manager did you learn most from while at your various clubs?

SC: I have learnt from every manager I have worked for. Mostly good but sometimes even bad! I'm lucky to have a manager now who is an excellent coach and a man I admire a great deal.


JB: The signing of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley have signaled the intent from your new club. How excited are you for the new season and what are your expectations for Toronto?

SC: I'm so excited! The caliber of player we have brought in combined with the players we already have here and the work we have done and continue to do, bodes well for the future.


JB: Finally what plans do you have for the future? Your current boss was a good defender playing for DC United and at the top level in England, is coaching something you might be interested in after you hang up your boots?

SC: Coaching is something I hope to go into when I retire but right now I'm firmly focused on playing. It's something I completely love and I want to be out there for as long as I possibly can.


I would like to thank Steven for taking the time to answer these questions for us and wish him and his Toronto FC teammates good luck with the upcoming season.


Comments (1)

  • Anonymous   Feb 26, 2014 @ 04:29PM
    Good to hear from Steven, doing so well. One of the most professional and courteous players I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. Always a Claret!
    Please pass on our best wishes from everyone at Burnley Football Club.
    Darren Bentley, Media Manager, Burnley FC -

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