From today's Chicago Tribune:http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sp...-fire-headlines
MLS stars share memories of mom
May 13, 2007
They drive the mini-vans that take kids to and from practice and slice up oranges for postgame snacks.
To most, they are known famously as "soccer moms." To the players, they're simply known as "mom."
Some of Major League Soccer's biggest stars talk about the sacrifices their mothers made for them, the look on their moms' faces after they signed with MLS and the mother who dressed her son up as a girl for two straight Halloweens:
Kenny Cooper, FC Dallas forward: "I used to be really afraid of going to school. In 1st grade, I remember hanging onto the railing by the staircase because I didn't want to go. My mom pulled on my feet as I hung on. I don't know how she ended up convincing me to go. We had a good laugh about that one the other day."
Jeff Cunningham, Real Salt Lake forward: "My mom is very blunt. She told my girlfriend in college she needs to cover herself up and wear more clothes—and that was her first time meeting her. That's my mom. She doesn't know what she's saying sometimes, but she has good intentions. … I appreciate every moment I spend with my mom."
Freddy Adu, Real Salt Lake midfielder: "I'll always remember the look on my mom's face after I signed with the league. She had no one at that point. It made her feel proud, and that made me feel proud. I never had seen her like that."
Chad Barrett, Fire forward: "Every game since I was 7 or 8, no matter what the stakes were, I could always hear my mom yell, 'Go Chaddy' at the top of her lungs. I hate being called Chaddy. I told her to stop it, but she would say, 'Sorry, it just comes out.' She's coming for the game June 9 and I'm going to put her in the nose-bleed seats."
C.J. Brown, Fire defender: "My mom has always been my biggest fan. I miss her seeing every soccer tournament of mine. When I was having a tough day, my dad would tell me what I should have done. My mom would tell me, 'You're doing fine.' She was the mediator during the ups and downs."
Steve Ralston, New England Revolution midfielder: "I didn't want to go to practice one time when I was about 13 because I wanted to stay and play with my friends around the house. My mom said, 'Play out the season and then see how you feel.' I used the same line with my daughter the other day."
Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City Wizards defender: "My mom wanted a girl. She dressed me up as a Brownie for Halloween when I was 4 and as Raggedy Ann when I was 3. After a while my dad had to put his foot down on Halloween."
Herculez Gomez, Colorado Rapids forward: "I was well known in high school, so opponents were very aggressive with me. My mom was very vocal after every foul and would yell at the opposing players. She's the main reason I'm able to block out opposing fans now."
D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen: "I always liked our voyages across Pennsylvania. My mom would drive me two hours each way to practice in Philadelphia so I could train with better competition. It wasn't always easy for her to do that, but she did it. The happiest day of her life was when I got my license and could drive myself."
Kansas City Wizards forward Eddie Johnson: "One day growing up in the inner city, I told my mom she wouldn't have to work anymore. When I signed with MLS, it was a wonderful moment. Her job working with the mentally challenged doesn't pay much. I pay all her bills so she can just concentrate on her job. I work hard so that she doesn't have to."