Basketball-loving Chelsea goalkeeper regrets first-year struggles, views MLS as future destination

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Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic could one day be a marquee signing for Major League Soccer if the right opportunity from the league comes along.

In an interview on the Men in Blazers show [transcribed by SB Nation], the 29-year-old Begovic lamented the struggles he and the rest of the team endured during his first year at Stamford Bridge.

“(It was) a little bit of everything,” Begovic explained. “Even looking back, it’s impossible to put it on one thing, because then you would have fixed it.  Maybe the bad start to the season, and then things just pile up with a lack of confidence and things not going your way.  And guys make wrong decisions, then refereeing decisions go against us and you get a couple injuries…”

“(The biggest lesson we learned is) that first and foremost we have to get off to a good start (next season) and build our confidence from there.”

Begovic joined Chelsea last summer in a move from Stoke City, but had a rough first year with the Blues, recording just eight clean sheets in 23 appearances for the club.

When asked about the possibility of joining MLS, Begovic stated that he ‘definitely’ saw it as a possibility in his future should a good opportunity come up.

“I can see it in my future, yes.  There you go, breaking news. The MLS is attractive, definitely… if the opportunity comes up.”

Begovic is a huge basketball fan – the Phoenix Suns specifically – and recently took part in a charity soccer tournament with Suns legend and soccer-aficionado Steve Nash in New York City.

During his academy days, Begovic spent five years in Canada and later earned caps for Canada’s Under-20 team before joining Bosnia and Herzegovina as a senior.

Chelsea do have MLS links as they acquired one of the top young defenders this past year when they signed Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls. Club legend Frank Lampard also joined MLS side NYC FC after a one-year stint with Manchester City.

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