At the beginning of the 2019 season, many Legion FC fans were curious about the international players and interested in finding out about their various backgrounds.
One of those players that had fans asking several questions was 24-year-old defender Razak Cromwell.
Cromwell joined Legion FC on loan from Ghanaian side Dreams FC, with the option for the Legion to buy him after the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Although his future with Legion FC is undetermined at this point in time, Cromwell left a positive mark in his first season with the squad.
In 19 total appearances, Cromwell made 14 starts, collecting 42 clearances, 15 interceptions and 5 blocks along the way. Additionally, he had a tackle success rate of 68.2 percent.
While the transition from African soccer to American soccer is difficult for many players, Cromwell adapted to the game quickly and adjusted well to his new life in America.
“The pitches here are very good and the ball moves faster here than in Ghana,” Cromwell said. “Playing at home in front of our fans is something very special and we have a locker room that is the best I have seen in my career.”
Cromwell proved to be a dedicated player on the pitch, but it is safe to say that the work he puts in off the field greatly aided with his successful season.
“I always work out in the gym after our team practices,” said Cromwell. “I like to jog and do lots of core training as well, training twice most days but not for the entire day.”
Along with enjoying his time with the Legion and his American experience, Cromwell admitted that he is blessed to be in his current situation.
“If I wasn’t playing soccer, I would probably be a graphic designer in Ghana,” said Cromwell. “Now I want to see more of America. I would love to visit the White House.”
Aside from training, Cromwell spends his free time enjoying healthy cuisine, playing various video games and watching a selection of movies and shows.
“I prefer rice with many different sauces, except ones made from bacon,” said Cromwell in regard to his favorite meal. “Video games are very fun for me and I also like watching horror movies,” said Cromwell about his favorite things to do.
Even though his future is undecided, Cromwell is looking forward to improving his skills for the upcoming season. He is looking to build upon his skill set for 2020 and beyond, helping others throughout the process.
“I’m still learning a ton every day, but I am enjoying the moments along the way,” Cromwell said. “I just want to be happy and put smiles on other people’s faces too.”
Gunnar Sadowey is the sports editor for the Crimson. He is a senior from Elkhart, IN. Gunnar is currently a journalism and mass communications major with a print concentration and a German minor.