Wednesday, July 15, 2009
No, that's not our third goalkeeper - although judging by his performance, he could have had a different career...
The sprawling 'keeper pictured is three-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, who came out to the U.S. team training session for a bout of sharing professional secrets with Stuart Holden and Santino Quaranta. The Philadelphia Eagles all-time leading scorer first schooled the guys on place kicking - and for the record, 'Tino and Stuart both nailed field goals from 35 out, and Holden buried one from 50!- then he threw on the gloves for a little shooting session of their own.
Akers, who played goalkeeper growing up in Kentucky, was pretty spry in net. Then he turned the tables on Santino, and after claiming not to have kicked a soccer ball in 17 years, proceeded to absolutely drill shots at a rather worried looking forward-turned-goalkeeper.
The guys exchanged jerseys, autographs and photos afterwards, much to the delight of the media in attendance. Tune in to Thursday's edition of Studio 90 for highlights from the session.
Posted at 5:38 PM