Julian Carranza was just getting used to a new life, a new culture, a new team and a new city.
But the Inter Miami CF forward, or anyone else around the world for that matter, couldn't be prepared for the coronavirus pandemic.
The 19-year-old Argentine knew hurricanes were commonplace in South Florida, but COVID-19 is unprecedented.
"Even if they usually have hurricanes here [in South Florida] and people have to stay indoors, this is a different thing,” he told Argentine outlet Ole in a story published Friday. “You feel it. I notice it. It's scary.”
Carranza said his reality in Hollywood, Florida is in stark contrast to the spring break revelry in beaches and bars that resulted in a closure of beaches and parks in Miami-Dade by Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez that took effect Thursday.
"On one side, there's no one in the street. I went to the supermarket and I couldn't find toilet paper, wipes or rice. People are scared,” he said. “But on the other side, the beaches and the clubs were full of people. It was out of control. Luckily, I'm far away from that. I'm in Hollywood in the north. It's touristic, but not so much.”
Carranza, who has stayed in touch with teammates via social media during the break in action, is rehabbing a food injury. He is expected back around early May.
He’s been surprised by the number of supporters the expansion side has drawn at preseason friendly matches and training sessions. Carranza is excited to get started once the suspension is lifted.
"Big names were already coming to MLS and now MLS is looking to compete by bringing in young players,” Carranza said. “They want the league to be watched around the world and to make it one of the best. My goal is to play in the most games I can and play in Europe, but who knows? I could be here many years."