Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, Magnus Thorsson will finish his Bachelor of Economics in three years. The midfielder will graduate in May and plans to complete his Master of Business Administration at Winthrop, so he can play for a fourth year on the soccer team.
Thorsson said he has had a great experience being on the team and playing with guys from all over the world.
“It’s been a real experience–great team chemistry, and it’s been great playing with them,” he said. “I’ll never forget this experience I’ve had here.”
Thorsson was made captain of the team his sophomore year.
“Being a foreigner and being captain, not able to speak in my native language has been a real challenge for me, but I’ve enjoyed it,” he said.
In Iceland, soccer and handball are the two most popular sports.
He began playing soccer when he was 5 years old at Club Valur.
“There I played with all my friends from school. [We] were on the same team together,” Thorsson said.
He played with the senior team, before he decided to move to the U.S.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to be able to play all year long… and to play on real grass all year round. And that was really exciting for me,” he said with a laugh.
After completing his masters, he thinks he might stay in the U.S., but “in the end, I know I will go back to Iceland.”
The transition from Iceland to the U.S. was challenging but having the soccer team by his side, Thorsson made the transition.
It was difficult for him to leave his family and girlfriend of five years, but his girlfriend also transferred to Winthrop, making the transition easier.
One of the challenges student athletes face is time management between school work, practices and games, but Thorsson said he has not had much trouble meeting that challenge.
“I don’t know what’s like just being a student. It’s different from back home; the schools don’t have athletes. It’s just clubs…” Thorsson said.
Thorsson’s mantra for getting through tough times is to remember that what’s done is done and to focus in doing better in the future.
“You can’t dwell on the past, because it’s already done,” he said.
Thorsson also said it’s important to be open to new experiences, such as coming to the U.S. and taking everything in.
“I’m not going to have this time again, so I’m just taking it in,” he said.
Thorsson has been ranked the 7th best player in the Big South Conference, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s top 20 list.
The midfielder has six goals on the year, two assists and 14 points total.
Thorsson and the men’s soccer team will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina Friday to take on top-seeded Radford in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament.