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Amro Tarek speaks on adapting to Columbus
New Columbus Crew signing Amro Tarek has spoken on his transition to life in the MLS, his team and adapting to new cold surroundings in Ohio following his deadline day loan move to the Black and Gold from Real Betis.
Tarek, who endured a turbulent start to his European career at Real Betis, made a deadline day move to the 2015 MLS Cup runners up in search of playing time. Tarek recently spoke to the official Columbus Crew website.
“It’s been great. I really like the team, they are very friendly and I’ve enjoyed the training,” Tarek stated. “The city is completely different from Europe. And the weather is very cold now.” Tarek was also asked what the biggest surprise in Columbus was for him, to which he replied, “The snow!”
“There are guys who speak Arabic as well. Mohammed Saied (Sweden) and Justin (Meram, an Iraqi striker who plays for Columbus) and also Cedric from Betis, they are the closest to me,” he then added on his adaptation to life in the States.
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“I think my style of play will fit the team. So far I feel I am adapting quickly to the team, and that’s very good for me. I think the MLS is a great league to play in and it’s been growing in the past couple of years. When I had the chance I didn’t think about it, I just came. All I can say is I will give my best to help the team, on and off the pitch, and I am looking forward to having a successful season with Columbus,” Tarek concluded.
Tarek will be looking to put his shaky spell with Betis behind him, looking to help the 2015 MLS Cup runners up to a successful run this season. In signing for Columbus, Tarek became the first Egyptian to be signed by an MLS side.
See the full interview below: