Hey yall! I hope that everyone is doing well and has had a great week so far! My week has been a little crazy. It started off real well and I wish it could have ended that way, but it didn’t. On Friday, our PR people had arranged for all us southern boys (Adam Christman, Brad Knighton, and me) to head up to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday for an appearance. Being from North Carolina, the home of NASCAR, I am a little embarrassed to say that this was going to be my first race. I have had tickets and opportunities to go in the past, but something always came up or got in the way. It was an absolutely awesome appearance! We got VIP passes and were able to be on the infield-where all the drivers are, their crews and their garages and so forth. We did take care of some business while up there and had a radio interview promoting our team and our upcoming game against Toronto FC, so it wasn’t all fun and games. We got to walk around and check out all the drivers’ garages and how they were preparing for the race. We got to watch the time trials from pit road, which was insane! Now I know some of yall might be thinking what rednecks we are, but I think anyone of yall would have enjoyed what we were doing. It is amazing how many people attend NASCAR races. Did you know it is the biggest spectator sport in the world? That’s pretty crazy huh?
My folks came up for the first time this year, to spend the weekend and part of the week with me. So I was eager to get back to see them after the NASCAR gig. Like my faith, family is extremely important to me. Without their love, sacrifice, and support, there is no way I would be where I am today. I owe them so much for all that they have given me over the years, so it was such a joy to have them up here with me for the weekend. It is such a joy and honor to be able to share my dream with them, because it really is part their dream as well. I do have an older brother, John Mark, and a younger sister, Mary Kathryn, but unfortunately they were not able to make it up this weekend. For the most part, we just hung around my house, in Wrentham, MA, taking it easy in preparation for our game against Toronto FC this past Saturday.
The game went well, and we came out on top 2-1 thanks to the two goals by our true captain and Iron man Steve Ralston. “Raleigh,” as we call him just turned 34 a little while ago, and his talent and athleticism never cease to amaze me. I sure do hope I am able to do half the things he does when I reach his age! Raleigh is a wonderful teammate and friend. I feel blessed to have gotten to know him off the field and to learn from one of the greatest in American soccer history!
My freshman roommate at Wake Forest, Brian Edwards, who was drafted by Toronto this year, got the start for TFC on Saturday. It was good to see him, and I am so glad to see that he is doing well and continuing to make Wake Forest proud. It was also sweet to get the victory over him. It is always nice to gain some bragging rights on a former teammate! I wish him the best of luck in his career, except when we are facing each other.
I was subbed on close to the 75th minute. I got a little run to close the game out, but still had to be ready to play in the reserve game the next morning. I was so excited to hopefully get a full 90, or close to it, in the reserve game, but unfortunately there were other plans in store for me. I was taken out from behind by Jeff Cunningham after about 20 minutes and ended up separating my left shoulder. I couldn’t believe it! Thankfully, it was just a separated shoulder and not a broken collarbone. I should be getting back on the pitch in no more than 2 weeks. It always sucks getting hurt, there is no doubt about that, but I think it is important to always try and look on the bright side of things. I just thank God that it was only a separated shoulder, it could have been a broken collarbone that would have kept me out for months. So I’ll be busy rehabbing and working hard to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. The team left me behind this weekend as they traveled out to LA to face the Galaxy on the fourth of July. It should be an exciting and good atmosphere out there with it being the 4th and all! I hate that I had to miss it. I have something like 5 days off now, so I will be looking for something to do, and that task should be pretty hard considering I am limited because of my shoulder. I will probably see every good movie that is out in theaters now, ha!
Anyway, thanks for listening, hope you enjoyed it! Have a good one, God bless, and until next time-be easy!