It was just last season that midfielder Scott Caldwell and defenseman Andrew Farrell were rookies on the New England Revolution.
This year they're 'grizzled' veterans and they have the opportunity to pass on some wisdom to the new crop of rookies.
On State of the Revs, they sit down with rookie forward Patrick Mullins and rookie midfielder Steve Neumann to discuss what it's like to be a professional soccer player.
So far, the rookies are enjoying the experience.
"I think the team’s at a really high level and we’re really starting to hit our stride as far as fitness and gelling together as a group," says Mullins. "I’m interested to see us up against some MLS competition in the next couple of days and hopefully get some good results."
Last year, a number of young Revs made key contributions throughout the season and gained postseason experience; experience that will prove invaluable to this year's rookies.
"I’m definitely enjoying the training sessions so far and putting in the work with everyone and just kind of learning from everyone and learning from the veterans and the guys that have been there before," says Neumann.
Farrell says the young bucks will need to get used to coach Jay Heaps, whom Farrell describes as "pretty intense 24/7."
For Caldwell, the biggest adjustment he had to make as a rookie was the length of the season. The key is "keeping up the consistency the entire 8-10 months."
Being a pro athlete comes with a lot of pressure and attention and the rookies figure to rely on the second-year guys to help them through the transition. Early on, however, it seems like the young players have developed a camaraderie with their older counterparts, even teasing Farrell about the Instagram account he has for his dog.
With the regular season action now underway, the rookies will have more important things to focus on than social media accounts for their pets.