Weekly Review 18th – 24th October 2010 [jealousy?]

25 October 2010

Another week in the journey of an aspiring pro. The biggest thing that happened this week is that I got my American scholarship/trial assessment video done, even though it’s not my best stuff, I had to get it done quickly. My best friend in Australia saw it, (who also wants to be a pro) said it was good and was impressed on how much I had improved and that I’ve become an inspiration to him 😀

Now for some more interesting news. After Thursday’s training, I was talking to my coach Moses (the dude who will help sending out the video to contacts in America) about my scholarship video in the changing rooms, what he thought and stuff like that. Mo then talked about a contact in Florida and that he might be able to talk to him about me. When I was about to leave the building, the head coach wanted to talk to me one on one. He said he overheard the conversation with me and Moses were having and straightforward put it to me something like “if you have any interest, contact whatever, I should know about it and it should go through me because you are apart of this club.” I told Moses about the incident after and he said that, head coach is probably interested in me too, but I should be open to anything that can help me succeed, but if I have an agent or manager that wants to talk to me, don’t let him talk to the head ! Coach said he wants to take me to a few European countries to maybe tryout, but as good of a coach he is, sometimes what he says doesn’t really work out the way it’s suppose to. I don’t know if he looks out for me in my best interest, or that he is jealous. Moses thinks his jealous. Moses could get credit for the work that head coach has done on me and maybe I’m worth something and head coach wants the money.. I don’t know what to trust. I remember a year or two ago, head coach was pissed off about a player from another club who got sold to a place not in the best interests of the player, because the coach would somehow get money for it. I guess it’s something that will sort itself out in the next few months.

What else..? Oh! I’m on a one week break now, so on Monday I am getting my final email list of coaches to email finalized. My “sales letter pitch” done. Then by Tuesday, I “should” have a recommendation letter ready from head coach. Then with all these weapons combined along with my video, I’ll send the emails and I’m hoping I’ll get some positive responses back. The last six months of very hard work will pay off. Fingers crossed.

Next Week’s training

25/25 hours of training completed this week. I think roughly 20% of that was game analysis. I began doing some training in the mornings and after school on the pitches at school. With a bag of balls, I think my quality of training is definitely better, I practiced at least 150 left foot shots in an hour with a dozen or so balls. I calculated I fire around twice as many shots, when compared to if I just had one ball with me. I can feel the difference already. If I keep this left foot shooting routine up for a month, there would definitely be a massive improvement. Unfortunately I’ll have to wait until the week after next to do this left foot routine again since I don’t have school.

Schedule for next week, 20 hours.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Lunch Personal Session (1:30) Personal Session (1:00)
Afternoon Personal Session (1:30) Personal Session (1:00) Personal Session (1:00) Club Training (1:40) Personal Session (2:30)
Evening Club Training (1:40) Club Training (1:40) Club Training (1:40) Personal Session (1:30) Personal Session (1:20)
Late Evening Personal Session (1:00) (1:00 Personal Session)  

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In 2009, I was an average soccer player with a dream. I started this blog to document my journey from local underdog to getting offered over $100,000 in soccer scholarships, a contract to play professionally and the experience of playing in Europe.
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