That is reflected in his comment today when asked about his new life in the spotlight.
"Starting the season with a hat trick I think sets the tone," he said. "I’ve been enjoying it more than anything. I know there’s still a long season ahead of us. I’m staying grounded, just doing what I did the first day of preseason: just work hard and not change one thing."
Sigi Schmid was asked a bit about that too, and he emphasized the point with a really good story from opening night.
"His humility is genuine," Schmid said. "We actually talked today a little bit, and I said, ‘They’re asking now are you going to play for Mexico or the U.S.?’ I said, ‘Right now you’ve got to just keep playing for the Sounders, let’s not worry about that other stuff.’ And he said, ‘I know.’ Just keeping his feet grounded.
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"It’s like when I subbed him in the first game. I had never really talked to him about it. I asked him, I said, ‘Do you know why I subbed you?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I thought because I had the yellow card or something you wanted to take me out.’ I said, ‘No, I wanted you to hear the crowd because you scored a hat trick, it’s near the end of the game and I wanted you to hear the crowd.’ He goes, ‘Oh.’ "His thought process isn’t at that point, and I feel that as long as he stays humble with the effort and the work rate, he’ll get rewarded. There are going to be some frustrations that are going to come along, but keep at it."