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Re-integrating Olympic hopefuls into MLS sides

Mar 29, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

Brek Shea

The U.S. Olympic hopefuls who earn paychecks in Major League Soccer are back with their clubs. How they get re-integrated into their sides is case-by-case business. And there’s a little more to it than “Welcome back, here’s your old spot.”

In Dallas, Schellas Hyndman is being careful about Brek Shea’s emotional state following the shattering disappointment of opportunity lost. From BigDSoccer.com, what Hyndman is saying ahead of Friday’s league meeting with D.C. United:

What he’s going through right now is just a lot of mental frustrations and disappointments and we’ve got to continue to be aware of that and not let that affect his emotions.

Personally, Shea has always struck me as a carefree sort, not the type to be penetrated fatally by life’s setbacks. Then again, he’s young (22), so there’s nothing wrong with a cautious approach, I suppose.

In Chicago, goalkeeper Sean Johnson is back at training with the Fire. But it doesn’t sound like he’s getting a starting position anytime soon. It has nothing to do, apparently, with Johnson’s costly error.

The piece, from TGNTV.com, has Johnson’s reaction to Monday’s last-minute bobble against El Salvador:

“Obviously it was disappointing. (But) every negative experience you can turn into a positive. At the end of the day, it’s motivation to become a better player and person and move forward in my career. “I don’t think one game defines me as a player.”

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