The deal with Davis

a very good team this year. They work hard for each other on and off the ball. We got to play them in an exhibition game a week ago and tied, 1-1. I expect them to come out and play against us the same way they played in the exhibition game. They put a lot of pressure on the ball and work for the whole 90 minutes. If we continue to keep the ball moving and finish one of our chances, I think we should be able to come out on top.

One Wizards player we'll be watching closely is Davy Arnaud. He is a hard working goal scorer and is quick on the ball. Our defense though is really tight and should be able to shut him down. Plus, we are playing at home again and we're pumped to give the fans a win.

The editor of this column asked me to throw in a little sidebar about my soccer history. So for those young and aspiring soccer stars out there, here's how it all started ...

When I was very little I always knew that I wanted to be a professional soccer player. My dad had me kicking balls even before I could walk. I would hold on to the edge of the couch and he would roll the ball to me and I would kick it. As the years went on I always gave soccer my heart. I practiced and worked hard to give it everything I've got, plus is was always fun. It's tough as a job, but still fun first which is how I know it's right and natural for me. Being a pro soccer player is not something that can be forced as a talent or career.

Hope to see you all Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

- Brad.


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