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
Red Bulls Keeper Cepero Talks About Red Bulls' Slide and What to Do About It
New York Times, August 19th, 2009 4PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Danny Cepero, who won a starting position as the New York Red Bulls goalkeeper last season, has suffered through a dismal 2009. He communicates some of his frustration in the New York Times' "Goal" blog.

Cepero says, "While I appreciate the ability of my friends, family and even fans, to sugarcoat the current embarrassment, sometimes I wish they'd shoot me straight." He makes a call for honesty: "I believe that to somehow salvage what is left of our season, we as a team need to be honest with ourselves. We are awful, this is an embarrassment, and we most definitely need to fix it. We need to face our proverbial demons and somehow exorcise them. But that then begs the question: How in the world do you do that?" Cepero admits that in many ways he is at a loss for solutions. He likens the crushing feeling to drowning in quicksand: "The harder we try to get out, the deeper we sink."

But Cepero does come up with some simple and honest answers. Primarily, he says that no one should blame Coach Juan Carlos Osorio. He calls for the players on the field to find the passion and will within to succeed. "From a player's perspective you have to hold yourself accountable for the performance of your team," he says. "We are the ones on the field, we are the ones underachieving, we are the ones who control what happens."

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
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
Dick Advocaat Takes Serbia Helm    
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose resume includes stints as coach of the Netherlands, South Korea, PSV Eindhoven ...
Arsenal Buys Teen Defender for $27 million    
Arsenal has signed England U-19 defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for about $27 million. The 19-year-old ...
Schweinsteiger Says Sorry for Insulting Song    
World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video appeared of ...
Lionel Messi Not Clear of Tax Trouble    
Despite the prosecutor arguing in June that his father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances ...
Ranieri Named Greece Coach     
Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece. The 62-year-old Italian replaces Fernando ...
West Ham's Carroll to Miss Four Months    
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to miss up to four months after suffering ankle ...
Pinto Quits Costa Rica     
Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Costa Rica to a surprise quarterfinal finish at the World Cup ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives