Austin, TX (July 21, 2020) In early March, United Soccer League announced a league-wide suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Bold players were not exempt from the challenges of these unpredicted times. Austin Bold FC student intern Michael Cerna chatted with Josue Soto and Jorge Troncoso over the phone to discuss their time quarantining with the Soto family, training, and time away from the pitch
After a recent training session, I interviewed Josué Soto Martínez and Jorge Troncoso about their time together in quarantine. The pair spent the last few months at the Soto family home in southern California. Unfortunately, Troncoso was unable to spend this time with his family in Chile. Yet, he told me that he couldn’t thank the Soto family enough for making him feel at home during his stay.
Soto and Troncoso foam rolling after a recent training session
A typical day would start with Troncoso getting up first, making some maté, and jumping into yoga. After breakfast, they would choose their workout for the day: either swimming, biking, running, or weightlifting. The two teammates motivated one another to push themselves and stay competitive each day. After months of training, they both said they have some new tricks for the 2020 USL Championship restart.
A typical morning yoga session with maté
Their training sessions at times turned unorthodox. Soto described at one point in quarantine that he and Troncoso were asked to help build a “small shed” for a neighbor. When they arrived, the small shed was more of a “big barn.” Despite the initial surprise, the pair finished the job (with some help from Soto’s father).
They also helped another family friend by making masks for the community. The face coverings made by Tronscoco and the Soto family were donated to local Riverside County medical professionals and police officers. Soto described this as a “very rewarding” experience and was happy to help his neighbors in a time of need.
Soto family and Troncoso with their homemade masks
On a more thoughtful note, both players remarked that this pandemic has made them truly appreciate each moment they spend with their loved ones. Soto added he would “not take any training session, game, experience on the pitch [or] off for granted and enjoy everything it brings along with it.” Troncoso wanted to tell the Bold Familia, “There is nothing more important than health at the moment. We may not be able to be so close with our followers, but support will always be well received. By social networks, by messages, whatever. We, on our side, will do our best to represent the city well.”
If you want to connect with Josue and Jorge, check them out on Instagram at @josueesoto20 and @jrgtroncoso. Here you can see them both post about their soccer training, healthy lifestyle, and more. Worth the follow!
Soto and Troncoso after hiking Mount Rubido in Riverside, CA