Kyle Martino's Crew cut

Crew midfielder Kyle Martino was the 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year and has also played for the U.S. men's national team. Each week during the 2004 MLS season, Kyle will detail the week past, giving insight into the life of a professional soccer player for www.TheCrew.com.

It feels good just to get a point finally, but you know, I think we're still not satisfied. Obviously, it's a step in the right direction, but I feel like we're not going to be happy until we string together three games in a row with three points. It's good not to continue our streak of losses, but we still want to get some wins coming.

One person who deserves a lot of credit for Saturday's point is goalkeeper Jon Busch. He was the difference in the game. It's the difference between getting a point and coming away with a loss - your goalkeeper coming up big. You know, Jon did it last season. He came up big and made some amazing saves to keep us in games, and it's good to know that he's in form again this season to continue on the same path. It's amazing to feel like that. On some of the quality chances another team is going to get, if your goalie saves them it keeps you in the game so you can try to get up. It was really great to see Buschy on good form.

I think it makes you feel like you've escaped a chance to go down, and that you need to utilize your opportunity to turn things around and get a good chance on your goal. So, I think that motivated us a little bit.

It started to rain during the game, which is never ideal. Weather like that, for both teams, makes the game a little sloppy and makes it hard to control the ball and get it moving. The rain was pretty much the worst rain I've played in. It was an absolute monsoon. There were times when I looked at the field and couldn't see anything because the rain was coming down so hard. But that affects both teams. It usually makes the game go back-and-forth with a lot of turnovers. But, we got through it.

On Monday, a bunch of the guys came over to my place before going to a Chris Robinson concert. He used to be the lead singer of the Black Crowes, so we went down to the Ohio State campus to catch that concert. I don't think Kate Hudson was there. I doubt she makes it out to Columbus with her schedule.

Some of you might wonder if we athletes have any pull getting tickets or special benefits, but really when we go to shows, we like to go just like everyone else. We just like to hang out and have a good time. Most of the concerts we go to - like Dave Matthews Band and Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz - are at big arenas like the Germain Amphitheater. When we go to things like that, we're not about to throw the Crew card to get some sort of special treatment. We just like to go and have a good time like everyone else.

-- Kyle


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