Get To Know Your Islanders: Miller, Nishanian, Brent, Libhart, Sanchez

Get into the action even more by getting to know the many characters that make up you Harrisburg City Islanders. We have players from all over the world with different experiences, life lessons, and personalities.

We started off by learning what makes our leading scorer, Aaron Wheeler, tick. Now, we switch that focus to five guys that are a little new to Islanders fans but have made a huge impact early this season.

Brandon Miller, Lee Nishanian, Travis Brent, Griffin Libhart, and Manolo Sanchez are up and talked about everything from their off-day routines to what makes a perfect BBQ.

Brandon Miller – Goalkeeper

Q: What age did you start playing soccer?

A: I started playing when I was about 5 years old.

Q: Who was your favorite team and player growing up watching soccer?

A: Liverpool FC and Pepe Reina

Q: What’s it like to play in front of a great fan base?

A: Playing in front of great fans who create an electric atmosphere is definitely an amazing feeling. Hearing how excited and connected the fans are to the game, as a player, it makes you want to play even better to give them something more to cheer about.

Q: What was a sporting event that you attended that stood out to you as a “wow, that was cool” moment?

A: May 2011 I saw Liverpool play Tottenham at Anfield. Right before the start, the fans started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” I got chills, the atmosphere throughout the game was incredible.

Lee Nishanian – Defense

Q: What age did you start playing soccer?

A: I started when I was nine years old.

Q: What’s it like to play in front of a great fan base?

A: It is one of the reasons I love to play. We can feel their passion on the field and it gives us energy throughout the match.

Q: What is your favorite way to relax on your off-days?

A: I like to grab some good food and watch a movie.

Q: What makes a great 4th of July party?

A: BBQ, swimming, fireworks and of course American flag swim trunks.

Q: Best advice you received from a coach or teacher?

A: Control the things you can control

Manolo Sanchez – Midfield

Q: What is it like to play in front of a great fan base?

A: Plying in front of great fans gives me a lot of energy and extra motivation to perform well and not let the people who spend their hard-earned money on the games down.

Q: When did you start playing soccer?

A: I started playing soccer at age 3.

Q: What are your favorite TV shows, movie snacks and comedy movie.

A: For shows, I like Game of Thrones and Masters of None. Cheezits, Lifesaver gummies, and peanut butter filled pretzels are the go-to snacks. My favorite comedy movie is “I Love You Man.”

Q: What is one highlight from your youth soccer days?

A: Playing with the Regional team against the Under017 Costa Rican national team and Joel Campbell from Arsenal.

Travis Brent – Defense

Q: What is it like to play in front of a great fan base?

A: It’s the best feeling in the world.

Q: When did you start playing soccer?

A: I started when I was 3 years old.

Q: Who is your favorite superhero?

A: Batman (Christian Bale)

Q: Who was your favorite team and player growing up watching soccer?

A: Tottenham & Jan Vertongehn

Q: What sport would you be hopeless at playing?

A: Polo

Q: What’s the best advice you received from a coach or teacher?

A: Play until you can’t play anymore.

Griffin Libhart – Defense

Q: What is it like to play in front of a great fan base?

A: Harrisburg gets a lot of great fans. It’s always good to know you have a lot of support on game day.

Q: What’s your favorite way to relax on your off-day?

A: It has to be spending time with my dad. I try to see him as much as I can. We always have a lot of fun.

Q: What age did you start playing soccer?

A: When I was 7.

Q: Who was your favorite soccer team and player growing up?

A: I was into Real Madrid big time in the early 2000s. They had a squad with guys like Ronaldo, Figo and Raul, but Zidane was my favorite.

Keep an eye out for even more player features throughout the season and continue to get the scoop on all your favorite Islanders players.

Come out and cheer on your Islanders on Tuesday, June 20 when they take on the Bethlehem Steel FC in the final match between the two clubs this season!

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