My Bizarre Quest To Become A Jew And Play Pro Soccer In Israel. In September of 2. Hnefoss, I had spoken with Aaron about future options. I told him I wanted to get back to the United States. He thought that returning to MLS would be an option. Enough teams still knew me and I should be able to at least get a minimum salary offer to be a squad rotation guy. Great, make it happen, I told him. But I dont want to go into preseason on trial. It has to be a firm offer. He was confident enough about MLS that I didnt pursue other options. I waited for his phone call. In September he said it probably wouldnt come until November. When I called to check in around Thanksgiving, he said to be patient teams usually fill in the lower salary Americans at the end. He didnt expect an offer before January. In early December, a friend of mine, Corey, asked where everything stood. When I told him I hadnt heard anything, he asked if he could help. He was old buddies with New York Red Bulls technical director Ali Curtis, and offered to shoot Ali a text for me. I told Corey not to worry about it, that Aaron had assured me he would talk to all of the teams in the league. I appreciate your willingness to help, man, but dont use the capital. Eager to lend a hand anyway, Corey dropped it into the conversation one day when he and Curtis were catching up. PES-2015-English-Premier-League-EPL-Kits-v1-by-WojtaZ-3.jpg' alt='Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Patch Thai League' title='Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Patch Thai League' />Curtis jumped at the opportunity. He extended an offer for me to come to the Red Bulls preseason camp in January for a tryout. As appreciative as I felt toward Corey, I couldnt help but be annoyed. Aaron had said he would check with everyone. Why was this the first time Ali was hearing I was available Who else had Aaron not contactedI never mentioned the Red Bulls opportunity to Aaron, nor called him out on it. Aaron and I had become friends and I felt bad getting upset with him. Even though my agents were supposed to work for me, I always felt uncomfortable telling them what to do. Of all the people Ive stood up to in my career, I always felt weak when talking to agents. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Patch Thai League' title='Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Patch Thai League' />I thanked Corey for the connection, but told him I would have to think about it. I wanted to stick to my no preseason trial game plan. For years Id seen players go into an MLS preseason camp and get dragged along for six weeks only to be released at the end. Trialists act as backup options while the team executives look around the world to find someone better. I get that you need to grind and put away your pride to survive in this business, but I had been toyed with enough in Dallas and felt averse to letting a team have the power. Plus, even if I made the team, I would be a substitute fighting to make the 1. Either the team wanted me enough to sign me or I wouldnt want to be there anyway. To force Curtis hand to get a firm contract offer, I told him that I was planning to go on trial with DC United, though DC had made no such offer, hoping Curtis would feel the pressure and offer me a contract. It was the first bluff of my business life. He didnt take the bait. I didnt want to experience the feeling of rejection and failure. I dreaded having to tell people, I didnt make it, and then see the look in their eyes. As the end of December arrived and a firm MLS contract hadnt come, I started to come to terms with the Red Bulls option. Despite Aarons optimism that something might still materialize, I could look at the rosters around the league and see there wasnt any room for me. And since wed assumed an offer would come, we didnt look at other leagues or other countries. 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The week after New Years, I got a hotel room in suburban Philadelphia to train with other pros in the area. We had a core group of players that had done off season training together for the previous six years. We would meet three or four days a week and play 6v. A few days after New Years we were doing a crossing and finishing drill. A ball got whipped in from the right and as the ball approached me at knee height, I hopped up a few inches to meet the ball with the inside of my right foot. As I came down, I landed awkwardly on my left foot. The ball flew past the goalie into the net, but I could feel the back of the sole of my foot jam into the turf and the instant stab of hard, tingling pain. I hobbled to the sideline. After a couple of minutes, I hopped back in line and took a few more reps, doing my best to adjust my body to deal with the pain, but eventually told the other guys that I needed to step out. I couldnt even touch the foot to the ground without excruciating pain. I figured it was a spontaneous ache that would be gone by the time Red Bulls camp started in 1. But the heel didnt improve by the next day. It had gotten worse overnight. I couldnt put any pressure on my left sole at all. I had to hobble on my toes. Throughout the ensuing week I expected to wake up and feel the muscle relaxed, but every day it remained tight and unusable. Walking was a chore, running unbearable. My workouts for the first few days included walks to the ice maker in the freezer. The fluke injury couldnt have come at a worse time. Unable to move faster than the grandpa pushing his cart next to me at the grocery store, I had to call the Red Bulls and regretfully decline. Throughout my whole career I had been afraid to go to a team on trial. I always took the safe bet and guaranteed contract. I returned to Dallas instead of waiting to see what could happen in Sweden and when I left GAIS to move to Norway, I took the guaranteed option at Baerum instead of taking an option to go on trial with a bigger club. I didnt want not to make the team and be left without a contract at all. Or, at least, thats the reason I gave myself. Really, I didnt want to experience the feeling of rejection and failure. I dreaded having to tell people, I didnt make it, and then see the look in their eyes. Now, though, Id finally moved past those insecurities, and I suffered a fluke injury. A few hours after I called the Red Bulls, Aaron told me he hadnt received any interest on his end, either. My reaction paralleled indifference. I took the next few days off my feet. I sat on the couch and binged through House of Cards with my dad. When the foot recovers, I told myself, assuming it would just take a few days, Ill start to look again. Since I couldnt play, I wouldnt let myself stress about being unemployed. Youtube Er Mp4 Firefox. At the end of my week off, my foot hadnt improved much, but I had to start making moves. I asked Aaron to evaluate the options abroad. He put out feelers in Belgium and the Netherlands. I also talked to a new agent about potentially going to Korea. I didnt feel completely comfortable reaching out to new agents. Aaron had been my guy for the five years since college, but I didnt know what choice I had. When I learned he hadnt reached out to the Red Bulls, I realized I had to be more proactive myself. An old teammate from Dallas said an agent had just reached out to him about possibly playing in Israel. You should give him a call, he told me. Your dad is Jewish, right So you could qualify as a domestic player. No harm in making the call. I wanted to correct him and mention that actually there could be a lot of harm in moving to Israel, but I didnt want to sound like that guy. I took the number. Israel, huh Screw it. Why not I had run out of ideas.