Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Crew Vacation...

Over the past week a few things have happened. My team went on a trip together for some team bonding time and a I found out a buddy from my Cleveland is coming to finish out the year with the Crew.

The picture on the left is of my new golfing buddies, Eddie Gavin, Ben Hunter, and Andy G. The vacation consisted of leaving Monday morning from the Stadium to a place called Oglebay in West Virgina. It was a nice place with plenty of fun things to do. Everything cost money but we were given $200 for meals and entertainment. We all got golf half off so it only cost $40 so I went twice on the two day trip. I also went fishing and got to get to know some of the guys on the team. Overall, it was a good experience for me.

Last week I was surprised by one of my old Cleveland teammates as he showed up at practice. Adam was ask to sign for the Crew just like me and I told him overall it has been a good experience for myself. I also will be good for the other brothers on the team. I am hoping if my host families let him he can stay with my host family or near by so we can carpool to practice.

As for my fun with my host family we were able to go canoeing last Sunday. It was awesome. It was about an hour away and we canoed for about 1.45 hours. I went with my host mom, dad, sisters, Jessica and Kristin, and Kristin's husband. We all got soaking wet from splashing each other.

My parents are curious if they can get my job because they seem to think that all I do is have fun and play a little soccer but mostly golf. I think in the last two weeks I have play golf 4 or 5 time. Maybe that is a few too many but oh well. Dad anytime you all feel like coming out we will have to play some golf.

Anyway, on to more important things. I need some prayer requests. I still need some guidance and the next phase of my life. One of my friends said that he is going to go over to Germany in Nov. to tryout for a few teams. He wants me to come with and I want to know if I should take this opportunity. I also am looking for a mission trip in the off season. If I cannot find one I am hoping to get a internship with World Vision o a organization like to do mission work on a little different level. Still looking for those core group of friends out here that I can depend on, but I think I need to be a little more assertive. Can everyone pray then that I will not be so passive like every other guy.

I think that covers everything that I can think of at this time. Stay tuned and I will let you know. I may start a video diary here soon but we will see where that takes me. I may try to integrate that into my little journal thing here.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Long Last Two Weeks!!!!!!!!!

These past two weeks have been super exciting. I have officially moved in with my new host family in Columbus. I have also gotten my first minutes with the Crew as well in the past few weeks.

To start things off I will talk a little picbit about out the ture to the right. My new host sister recently got married. I was "lucky" enough to attend the ceremony. It was a cute little wedding and reception. Currently, my host family is out of town and in Tennessee for a family vacation. I also took one my host sisters and her friends to the Zoo for an event for the Crew.

I also had a couple of Crew games over the past few weeks. In particular I had a game vs. Aston Villa. I was able to get my first real minutes for the Crew. Granted I only played 2 or 3 minutes at the very end I still made an appearance. The very next week on Tuesday we played my old team, the Cleveland City Stars. The score was 2-1. We won. I was also able to score probably the best goal of my life. I received the ball about ten yards outside the eighteen years box and I shot the ball in the upper right corner. I was English Premier Style. I hope I can find some video of it.

This last weekend, the team traveled to Chicago. I did not travel with the team but I believe things are going well for me. We have incredible depth. I also have been talking with our team Chaplin about getting more involved with ministry on the team and around the Columbus area.

I have a few prayer requests. I never believed being a professional athlete would be so fulfilling while at the same time lonely. I would like continue prayer for some close Christian friends around my age. I also would like to have people pray that I can play consistently in practice. Right now that is my biggest weakness. One more thing, I would like prayer for my team that they will open up to the light. If you would like me to give you more personal prayer requests just e-mail me.


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