I’ll tell you a quick story. Dunny and I played against Johnny Torres when he was at Creighton and we were at Fullerton. It was an NCAA playoff game. We go to penalties and end up losing. Side note – my penalty hit the post and I missed. I’m pretty sure Johnny scored his penalty. The dude could play. A couple years later, Johnny and Dunny end up playing for the New England Revolution. Besides being a really talented player, Johnny was a really good dude. The kind of cat that always had a smile on his face and was quick to laugh.
Anyway, cut to years later. We had arranged a pickup game with some friends from Nike ahead of a party we did with them here in LA. One of the guys that ends up playing on our team was Chris Schuler. This was before Chris had broken into RSL and became a fixture of the team. It was the first time I met Chris and I immediately liked him. He’s got one of those infectious personalities that you can’t help but like.
One more time, cut to a few more years later. And we have Chris talking about the influence that Johnny Torres, the coach, had on Chris when he played for him at Creighton. This story makes me smile. One of the really good people in the world influencing and inspiring another one of the very good people in the world.
I can’t say enough how important coaches play in the development of players on and off the field. Knowing that Johnny was that influential coach for Chris, made the world just a little better for me.
Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.
~~ It was only a matter before Micah Richards realized that he had to move on from Manchester City to further along his career…. Credit to Ashley Cole for paving the way for Richards to be comfortable enough to make the move to Italy and join a club like Fiorentina… Great opportunity for him and another door opens for English defenders in Italy.
~~ Why does it feel like people are forgetting how good Falcao is? Is it because of the torn ACL earlier this year that forced him to miss out on the World Cup in Brazil?
Just a refresher :: 11 goals in 20 games at Monaco (2 goals in 3 games 2014/15 already) and 52 goals in 68 games at Atletico Madrid. And don’t forget about his 9 goals in 13 World Cup Qualifying games for Colombia…..
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