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17 Questions with Tristan Muyumba


Those who tuned in to Atlanta United’s last Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul on Saturday might’ve noticed a new face on the field for the 5-Stripes. Atlanta’s newest signing, Tristan Muyumba, made his first appearance and start for the club since joining in early July.

We sat down with the 26-year-old French midfielder, and he answered 17 questions to let our Atlanta United supporters know more about him.

What made you choose Atlanta United?

It’s a big club in MLS. When I spoke with the coach, with Carlos (Bocanegra), it showed me more confidence, more attraction. So, for me, it’s easy to make the choice.

How has your first month been with the team?

It’s good. It’s been a nice experience. It’s a new adventure, but I’m very happy to be here. Atlanta is a nice city.

What do you miss most about France?

My family, my friends. That’s what I’m missing the most. And my mom’s food. In France, we have a lot of good food. They do here, too, but I miss my mom’s cooking.

What is your relationship like with your family?

Very, very close. I have two big brothers and two little sisters. With one brother, we are just one year apart, so we are very close. Same with my sisters. It’s important to me to have good relationships with them and speak with them often.

What got you into playing soccer?

I always wanted to play soccer. I started playing when I was very young, maybe six years old, and it’s just been my life ever since.

Do you have a favorite soccer player?

I like to watch (Luka) Modrić. I like his moves, the way he plays. It’s not easy to play like him, so I like to watch him.

When you’re not playing soccer, what do you do for fun in your free time?

My favorite thing is being with my family or friends. I like to play basketball sometimes with my friends. We play PlayStation, watch movies, go to the cinema, go to the beach or just walk in the streets.

What’s your favorite movie?

I like Scarface and movies like that.

What about a favorite TV show?

When I was younger, I watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now, I prefer to watch series. My favorite is Power and the spinoff Power Book II: Ghost, and I like Prison Break.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Simple. Nice. Fashionable.

Would any of those three also describe your playing style?

On the field, it’s different. I like to play simple, but I like to be aggressive.

Speaking of fashionable, how would you describe your personal style?

I like fashion. I like beautiful clothes. I like the American style, rappers’ style, like the Migos—Offset and Quavo. The jewelry and the chains, I like that. If I wasn’t a soccer player, I would want to be a model.

Are you into their music as well?

Yes, Lil Baby is my favorite, but I like the Migos, too. I like rap. I listen to French rap, too, but I think I prefer American rap.

What’s your favorite snack?

KFC fried chicken. In France, I like to go to Chicken Street. I don’t think you have it in the USA, but I love chicken.

What do you typically do on flights when you’re traveling with the team?

I like to sleep, to listen to music. Sometimes I’ll read the Bible. My whole family—my mom, dad, brothers, sisters—we’re all Christian. My religion is very important to me, so sometimes I’ll read the Bible when we travel.

What are you looking forward to most for the rest of this season?

I’m excited. It’s a good city, good experience for me. The most important thing to me now is to be on the field, be with the team. I want to be ready for my teammates, be helpful for them if they need me. I’m looking forward to being on the field with them.

Any last things you want to say to the 17s?

I’m very, very excited to meet them, and I hope we’ll have a lot of success together. I’m excited to get on the field and see them.

Atlanta United midfielder Tristan Muyumba #8 before the match against Cruz Azul at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, July 29, 2023. (Photo by Mitchell Martin/Atlanta United)
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