In his return to blogging for Goal.com, Brek Shea reflects on his time out with injuries, Euro 2012 and the U.S. World Cup qualifiers.
It's been a while and I'm happy to get blogging again.
Due to my earlier suspension and some injuries, I haven't been on the field in a while. As a pro athlete, it sucks. You want to be out there helping out your teammates and it's been frustrating.
If there's one positive that I've been able to take from this situation, it's that I've had time to reflect. A lot of people have said that I had an extensive schedule over the past year and I think it was good to step away for a few weeks and assess things. When you sit out for so long, it makes you want to go out there a lot more. I'm determined to come back a lot stronger than before I was injured.
While I have been focusing on rehabbing, I will admit that I've snuck in a few games of Euro 2012. I really thought that the Ukraine was going to be a surprise team but they are up against England for the final group game. It might be difficult to pull out.
My prediction is Germany beats Spain in the final, so we'll see. I also think Mario Gomez wins the Golden Boot. So far, he hasn't disappointed me with three goals in the group stages.
I also had a chance to watch the United States men's team during qualifying.
A lot of people were disappointed with the results that the U.S. had against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala but I think from outside looking in, it's tough to judge the results. I know from my experience in the Olympic qualifiers, it's not easy playing against teams that you are expected to beat because they are hungry to get a result against you.
In the end, at least the team got results in both games which is important. Obviously, you'd like to see the team get six points, but you can live with the results so far.
Going back to what I was saying before, it can be annoying when people are saying that this could have gone one way or the other without being on the field.
For example, some critics were saying Landon Donovan should have taken more shots but if you look at his stats, he's created the most opportunities on the U.S. roster. The great thing about Landon is that he doesn't care about what people say unless it's his head coach. He's just that confident. He knows what he has to do and he does it, no matter what others say.
That's all I have for now, stay tuned for my next post,
[Related: Brek's artwork at Left Foot Studios]
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