Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Olsen Trains Through The Pain
Washington Post, January 23rd, 2009 1PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen has barely kicked a competitive ball in 15 months, but he was back at training Thursday to try and resurrect his playing career, writes Steven Goff. Despite rumors of retirement and persistent pain in his left ankle, Olsen is determined to try and play for at least one more season.

"Today was a positive step," said Olsen. "Saying that, talk to me tomorrow morning. This thing, from day to day, can change. It's kind of exhausting in a lot of ways. You play and you feel, 'Oh man, today I feel great.' And then you wake up and it's not easy getting up the stairs for a while."

There was talk of a front-office job at United, but Olsen decided he's not ready for that yet. "I just didn't know [about coming back]," he said, "but how can you give this up? How can you not try and get another year out of it? I am not ready to step into that next career, whatever it may be. I still feel like I have a lot to give." The former U.S. national team player is "cautiously optimistic about maybe getting through a season. There will be a lot of managing the pain throughout the season, and maybe I am not going to be a guy that starts or plays. I have no idea how this is going to play out."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
Prosecutor Calls for End to FIFA's Secrecy     
FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia on Friday said he wants more details published about corruption cases in ...
Pellegrini Defends Toure, Lampard     
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini defended Yaya Toure's performance against Bayern Munich during City's UEFA Champions ...
Mourinho Was 'Not Expecting' Lampard to Join Man City     
Jose Mourinho says he still has respect for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard even though he could ...
Mourinho: Relationship with Ronaldo 'Does Not Exist'    
Jose Mourinho says he no longer has any relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo now that he has ...
Arrests Mar Roma's UCL Win     
Police arrested three fans prior to AS Roma's UEFA Champions League opener against Russian side CSKA ...
Roma Players Warn City, Bayern Following Rout     
AS Roma's players said they are full of confidence following their 5-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow ...
Di Maria: "I Needed to Change My Life"    
In an interview with Perform, Manchester United forward Angel Di Maria says that he left Real ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives