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Steve's first blog about the injury

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Steve, all around great guy that he is, has written a long and heartfelt blog about his road to recovery. I believe he will continue to update us, but this gives us a look behind the scenes at a few things that we would not have otherwise known. The thing that jumped out at me the most is this quote: "One of the people I always look to for advice concerning football issues is my former teammate and friend, Pete Vagenas. Pete is someone I respect a lot and we've been talking almost everyday since the injury, just like we did before, but now instead of just poking fun at each others careers and talents, he's been giving me advice and has made himself available for my many questions." As much maligned as Pete was during his time with the Sounders, this is a huge indication of the value some of the veterans have off the pitch. Building a team is not just about talent on the pitch, it is often as much about chemistry off it (see Bradley, Milton). It sounds like Steve has the right outlook on this. He's a realist (he admits to awful pains and frustrations) but is very optimistic. I am proud he represents the rave green. It will be a thunderous occasion when he finally retakes the pitch at Qwest - it can't come soon enough.

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