In his hands rest the fate of his Point Fortin Civic Team for the 2016/17 Pro League season. Miles “Puk” Goodman is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s more promising upcoming goalkeepers.
A tireless worker, Goodman’s determination and commitment drives him to do his best while his voice can be heard echoing instructions to his teammates at every game.
Goodman spoke to Wired868 one on one:
What is your date of birth?
5 May 1992.
What is your home town?
La Brea is my hometown.
What school did you attend?
First Point Fortin Junior Secondary and then I went on to St Benedict’s College.
Who is your favourite player?
Manuel Neuer, the German goalkeeper.
What is your favourite team?
Bayern Munich is my favourite team.
How do you describe yourself as a person?
I’m fun, I like to “crack jokes,” always lightning the mood. (He cracked a really good one but, sorry, we can’t share).
What is something most people do not know about you?
You sure you want to know? (Smiles). I have a soft heart. I fall in love fast.
Where did the nickname originate?
I was chubby as a baby, and growing up I remained chubby. (He chuckles with his head shaking from side to side). So everybody called me “PUK” and that stuck with me. Hard to believe I was chubby right?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my four year old daughter, Miley. We go to the beach, the mall, anywhere once it’s with her. She likes to play football as well in her pre-school.
What pushes you to succeed?
My daughter Miley of course! She is the reason I do what I do every day. If you notice, she carries my name. (He laughs). Just drop the ‘s’ in Miles and add ‘y’.
How did you start playing football?
I started when I was 10 years old in my La Brea Primary School.
What was your earliest football memory?
At 14, I played for the La Brea big team in the South Zone. I was the youngest player in the league at the time. It was a big accomplishment for me. Playing for my primary school was also exciting back then.
What makes you stand out as a player?
Training! I train differently! I train harder and I’m committed all the time.
Who was your most important coach and why?
Coach Shawn Cooper from W Connection. He really helped me when I was around 15-16 years old. He helped develop my skills as a keeper.
What was your best moment in football so far?
Overall my school days. I enjoyed the camaraderie.
What is your ambition in the game? How far do you hope to go?
To do my best! This is my career and I hope to play outside of Trinidad and Tobago someday.
What is your target for the season?
We are developing the youths in the team. This is the first time for most of them in the Pro League. I saw them play with heart and although we didn’t win some matches I know they did their best. It’s about learning and doing better.