Conrad had a Danish grandfather who showed him the ropes.
Question: How did you get into soccer?
Jimmy Conrad: When I was about four, my grandpa would just kick the ball in the back yard with me. He grew up in Denmark and so there is definitely some European influence in that regard and so that was kind of how is started and then I just started joining youth teams and I haven’t stopped playing since then.
Question: Who were your soccer influences?
Jimmy Conrad: Well, that’s a good question, because when I was growing up there, was no professional league in the United States at the time. So my exposure to live soccer consisted of going to watch local college teams play, the time UCLA was the team to go watch and then we can look back on the team that I used to go watch just been my six or seven guys, have gone on that have great careers played in the world cups and all that stuffs. That was the big dream of mine to play UCLA. I didn’t initially get accepted there, so I have to go to San Diego state for two years and I ended up transferring to UCLA and I walked on with the team and my senior year we won the national championship and so and I am still playing, so they are all worked out.
Recorded On: 3/24/08