When we signed up our son for his first Soccer season this year, the Galaxy offered a clinic with 4 of their starters packaged along with a home game. We got the package and saw the Galaxy take on the Union earlier this year. The clinic was yesterday.
Four of the Galaxy's starters took part in the clinic. From left to right in the above photo, they were;
- Goal Keeper Josh Saunders (USA)
- Midfielder Chris Birchall (England)
- Defender Alex Cazumba (Brazil)
- Defender Leonardo
Leonardo, and Alex Cazumba worked with my son's group. My father in law had lived in Brazil for a while and quickly hit it off with them.
After the clinic, the Pro's sat for a autograph session. They brought some postcard photos to sign, and they also signed my son's soccer ball.
First up was Mr. Birchall. He asked each child's name and spelling so that he could personalize each autograph. The other players all tried to sign their postcards ahead of each child to keep the line moving, but Chris would wait and sign when they got to him.
Next was Josh Saunders.
Josh was followed by Leonardo.
We had a fun interaction with Leonardo. My son was tired and a little confused as to all that was going on with the autograph session. After Leonardo signed his ball and handed my son his autographed photo, my son lingered a little bit. Leonardo started joking with him, pretending my son wasn't satisfied with simply one photo. "You want another one?" he handed my son a second autographed photo. My son took it and just looked at him. "Still not enough? OK, OK here is another one." He gave my son a third photo. He was very good with my son, he then tried to teach my son how to say thank you in Portuguese.
Alex Cazumba rounded out the session.
All in all it was a great experience. It did show me that my son may not be ready to attend any large autograph event. He doesn't have the patience for it, luckily this was a very small and private event. I am not sure how he would do if he had to wait in a huge line with players that he didn't have personal experience with.
I can't say enough about these players. They blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks guys.