TAP 079 - Rob Friend on Pro Soccer, The Pressure, The Concussion & How You Die Twice


In this episode I talk to Rob Friend about his professional soccer career, the pressure & anxiety from playing the game and his career ending concussion.  We also discuss the challenges for players retiring from any sport.

Rob is a former professional soccer player.  He played 12 years in Europe, 7 years in Germany for big clubs such as Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1860 Munich. His last club was in 2014 with LA Galaxy, where he won the MLS championship.

In this particular episode you will learn:

- How Rob got a scholarship with a US college team

- What it's like being the hardest working player on the team

- How Rob went on to play for 7 years in the top German leagues

- How Rob's career with LA Galaxy was ended by a concussion

- How the pressure built over Rob's career and how that affected his game

- How negative thoughts can show up during the game

- How the media and fans can add to the Anxiety

- How Rob got a concussion which ended his career

- Rob talks about the anxiety he felt while contemplating the end of his career

- What life is like in retirement

- What's next for Rob



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