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Archive for June, 2011

Status Report

Today’s performance:  B-.

Statistically, I had an average showing.  In a 2 hour 9v9 game, I scored once and had one assist.  On the plus side, I played the wing very well.  I put in about 7 to 10 crosses while under pressure that fell right onto my teammates heads or feet, but they simply didn’t manage to finish.  I also took all of my team’s corner kicks, finding the heads of attacking mids or strikers each time (again, they just couldn’t find the back of the net on these.)  On the negative side, I struggled tonight with 1v1 challenges, giving up the ball on a few occasions.  Additionally, I didn’t put forth a strong presence on attacking runs.  This usually isn’t a problem for me, but tonight I just couldn’t seem to get it right.

Overall I’m seeing improvement, particularly in my shooting and level of overall fitness.  On the other hand, I need to keep working on strengthening my left foot for sure.


Revised Schedule

At the beginning of the week, I posted a schedule of my workouts for the next few days.  From the start, things didn’t go as planned.  I felt a bit under the weather Monday and chose to rest up instead of going to the gym.  In hindsight, this turned out to be a good decision, because yesterday was intense.

22 people showed up to play football at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday, meaning that we were able to have a full game.  It was fantastic, and I got a lot of touches.  Even after everyone left, I stayed out with my friend Aaron doing left-footed shooting drills.  All-in-all, I had 2.5 hours of soccer yesterday.  Today is going to be a rest day as well, because we’re all going to play again on Thursday.

On an unrelated note, some of you may be wondering why I haven’t written much about the US performance in the Gold Cup.  Frankly, I was too disappointed in our performance to say much.  Like Arsenal, the USMNT seriously needs to have a look at its back line.

This Will be $200 Well Spent

Going to have to get the home and away kits…I’m thinking Wilshere away and RvP home.  As a side note, what a great video from the Gunners.

A meeting in coarse cotton, sixpence for leather and laces. Factory hardened arms mix oil and mud. A century and a quarter forward, Gunners together; battles ahead. From those first heavy steps; Men will become gods.

Lazy Week is Over

Last week was bad.  Actually it was good…it was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t good for my training.  I only ran once and only played football twice.  This week, I’m getting back on the grind.  Not that I mind though.  I’ve been really enjoying my workouts and seeing seeing some progress.

I think the best thing to do is start a schedule.  So for this week, here goes:

Sunday:  Hurling workout (√)

Monday:  Arms and chest workout

Tuesday:  Football drills

Wednesday:  Leg workout/cardio

Thursday: Football Drills

Friday:  Arms and chest workout/football drills

Saturday:  Leg workout/cardio/football drills

New Things

Boots and training mates.

My new boots came in the other day, some Nike T90s.  I’ve been playing with the Tiempo line for as long as I can remember, but I wanted to try something new.  I’m going to finish wearing out my old Tiempos before I start wearing the new boots, but for now, I can admire them.

During training at Alumni Stadium the other day, two guys approached me.  As it turns out, they were from Ireland, where I spent my last summer working in an internship with the Garda Inspectorate (Irish Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform).  We got on well from the start, and got in some fun training.  Turns out that one of them plays Gaelic Football as well…maybe we can get them in for a game with the Boston College GAA that I talked about in a previous post.

I had pulled a muscle in my right leg pretty badly the other day, but it healed up nicely.  Everything seems to be coming together nicely.

EPL Fixture Day

I’ve been waiting for this day for a while now.  This morning, the 2011-2012 EPL season fixtures were announced, giving me my first glimpse of what matches I might be able to attend at the Emirates next spring.  Here’s my current preference list:

1) Tottenham OR Newcastle (2/25 OR 3/10)

2) Blackburn (2/4)

3) Aston Villa (3/24)

4) Man City (4/7)

5) Wigan (4/14)

6) Norwich (5/5)

I’m pretty excited.  For some reason, having these dates makes my trip abroad seem much nearer.  As for Arsenal’s schedule in general, it looks like they’re off to a challenging start, but I think this might be a good thing.

I ran one-time shooting drills yesterday for about two hours with my friend Aaron.  I’m feeling good, particularly about my left-foot progress.  In particular, I managed a wicked left-footed volley into the upper-90 that made me feel a bit more confident with my left, and things just kept going well from there.

An American Football Problem

I went to Alumni Stadium today expecting an intense football scrimmage.  Instead, I found this:


BC’s american football camp…and they will be on the pitch til after 8PM tonight.  What’s a true footballer to do?  Instead of my enjoyable scrimmage, I ran 3 miles on a treadmill.  Fun.

Take it to the Next Level

Hands down, my favorite commercial ever.  Inspiration at its finest.  I couldn’t stop thinking about this at the gym today…

Mixed Results Today

I got in a spot of training with my friend Nick (as usual sporting his Polish national jersey), and I have mixed feelings about my performance.  We were doing shooting drills on the nets at Alumni Stadium, but I had the same two problems again and again.  Though the power behind my shots is quickly approaching the desired level, my shots a) curved with too little arc and b) rose 3-6 inches over the bar several times when trying to pick the top corners.  They’d be perfectly lined up…but just a hair too high.  Honestly I think my frustration got the better of me by the end of it.

My leg muscles are feeling pretty tight as well.  I’ll probably do some additional stretching before going out tonight.  On a side note, Nick was trying to teach me to pronounce Wojciech Szczesny‘s name.  As a devoted Gooner, I think this is something I should be able to do.  As of now, I haven’t had much luck…


Turf burn 24 hours later…