The U.S. Olympic hopefuls who earn paychecks in Major League Soccer are back with their clubs. How they get re-integrated into their sides is case-by-case business. And there’s a little more to it than “Welcome back, here’s your old spot.”
What he’s going through right now is just a lot of mental frustrations and disappointments and we’ve got to continue to be aware of that and not let that affect his emotions.
Personally, Shea has always struck me as a carefree sort, not the type to be penetrated fatally by life’s setbacks. Then again, he’s young (22), so there’s nothing wrong with a cautious approach, I suppose.
The piece, from TGNTV.com, has Johnson’s reaction to Monday’s last-minute bobble against El Salvador:
“Obviously it was disappointing. (But) every negative experience you can turn into a positive. At the end of the day, it’s motivation to become a better player and person and move forward in my career. “I don’t think one game defines me as a player.”
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.