Interesting Soccer America piece/questions for "Captain America": http://www.socceramerica.com/article.asp?Art_ID=562136919 THREE QUESTIONS FOR ... Claudio Reyna
After a stellar start to the English Premier League season with Manchester City, U.S. captain Claudio Reyna suffered an ankle injury after being fouled in an October loss to Arsenal. He returned six weeks later and played four games on what was later diagnosed as a broken ankle. We called Reyna in Amsterdam, where he's rehabbing.
Interview by Mike Woitalla
SOCCER AMERICA: How's the rehab going?
CLAUDIO REYNA: I'm starting to do cuts and sprints. I'll start doing ball work soon and start training with the team next week if everything goes well. I think I'll be ready to play in a couple of weeks.
When I first injured it, they didn't spot the break. I went to Holland to see a specialist and they discovered it with a CT scan.
I knew something wasn't right from the pain I was feeling. It was almost a relief to find out something was wrong, because I couldn't see how I could keep playing with that kind of pain.
I didn't need a pin or anything, so that was good
SA: You just re-signed at Manchester City through the summer of 2007. Have you thought about what you'll do after that? MLS perhaps?
CR: It made sense to re-sign for many reasons. It's a nice club. I get to play in front of 46,000 fans every game. My family's settled there. The kids are in school.
I'll probably decide what I'm going to do a year from now. MLS is something I often think about and consider. It's just a matter of when. If I can still play here at a high level, in Europe, that's something I've always wanted to do, to try and play at the highest level possible. Playing in MLS for a few years before I get too old would make sense.
There is the side of wanting to go home. I've been here for a long time. It will be 13 years that I've lived in Europe.
SA: How do you think the squad going into the 2006 World Cup compares to the U.S. team in 2002?
CR: We have a good squad of players like we did in 2002. I don't think it's miles better. It's a good group that will be going and it's about whether we can make it happen. You need a good atmosphere within the team.
I don't think there was a huge difference between the team in 1998 and 2002 in terms of talent, but as far as being a team and working together, that's where the difference was.
It's a big challenge and we're in a group of death because we're one of four very good teams. We have to go into the tournament hitting the ground running like we did last time. Make every minute count in those first three games because it's a fine line between getting through and not.