Interview with Tré Spedding: Los Angeles United FC's First-Ever Signing
Los Angeles United FC has been busy with its inaugural NPSL season creeping up. With the club's initial launch behind it, LA United owner Harry Tachian has turned his sights onto player signings and on October 3rd, LA united announced its first-ever signing: Tré-Daniel “Tré” Spedding.
Tré was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada and has played multiple seasons with Surrey FC of the BC Premier Soccer League. Beyond his domestic league, Tré also gained international experience with Canada's U14 program participating in the youth identification camp.
What does it mean to you to be the first signing for Los Angeles United FC?
“Honestly, it's a huge honor. When I was about 13 years old scouts started looking at me and since then [playing professionally] is what I've wanted to do. I've always wanted to go to the states to play soccer and moving to LA is going to be cool.”
Tré- at nineteen years old, five foot nine, and 145 pounds -is a fast attacker who likes to take on defenders.
How would you describe your play style?
“An attacking player. I am a hold-up striker for sure, but I can also play out on the wing. I like to score goals.”
What player has been your biggest influence?
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thierry Henry. I like Henry's style of play, because he liked to get the ball to his feet and turn on defenders to score. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likes to take on players, but he's not the most skillful player, with step overs and the like. He is more: get the ball, get it on your feet and get it forward. I'm fast and so is Alex, so I would say my playstyle is more like his.”
At his young age, Tré will be moving over 1,200 miles from his hometown. He remains focused and excited for the new adventure ahead of him.
What excites you about living and playing in Los Angeles?
“Los Angeles is a really big city, definitely the biggest city that I have ever been to. I know that LA is a lot different than Canada. It's going to be a pretty cool experience for sure.”
The NPSL has become a platform for players to hone their skills as they prepare for a life of professional soccer. Players like Chris Wondolowski and Aaron Long have gone on to achieve great success within Major League Soccer. And just this last year we saw multiple clubs send players to countries like Germany and Ireland to continue their professional careers. Tré looks forward to the progress he will make in America and hopes to realize his dream of playing in Europe.
The first of many LA United signings, Tré will wear the purple and orange with pride as he plays against the strong and talented NPSL Southwestern teams. Above all Tré is looking forward to representing LA United on and off the field.
“It doesn't matter where you come from, but if you play with heart you will be able to achieve greatness.”