How To Handle Doing Too Much While Trying To Score?

Quincy Amarikwa

The #AskASocerPro show is a Live video podcast where 11 year MLS vet and Mental Strength Coach Quincy Amarikwa dives into the mentalities of highly successful individuals both on and off the pitch. In this weeks episode Quincy discussed about awkward thing that happened in Quincy’s Career, get back into the game after a long term injury, How to handle doing too much while trying to score and more.

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0:00-6:58 Welcome to the #AskASoccerPro Show Episode 93

8:20-12:36 What is the Most awkward thing that happened in Quincy’s Career? @mtl_impact_memes

13:25-21:16 How to create connections?

What to do when you don’t have money for an academy?@jsruizz4

21:31-22:50 Is there a soccer podcast for midfielders? @eharren21

26:04-32:50 How to approach speaking up without seeming like you're complaining or too aggressive?

35:09-38:42 Advice on how to get back into the game after a long term injury? @mohamed.ibra11

38:50-43:06 Who did quincy have the most beef with on the field but best relationship off the field? @futbolista22

43:24-47:41 What is it like playing during covid? @seanieputt

47:45-49:16 How to get motivated to stay fit during quarantine? @eharren21

49:50-52:29 How to handle doing too much while trying to score? @sageofdbz

52:30-53:40 Thank you for stopping by for the AASP 93, catch us next thursday at 9 est, 6 pst

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Quincy Amarikwa (00:17):

Or pool fan page, what's going on? Welcome Taya. What's happening, everybody. Sorry for the delay. Um, the boys were acting up and then I was struggling to find where Instagram moved the live function again to update and stuff, making it annoying, but what's up? How's everybody doing? Uh, Oh yeah. Let's see. Montreal impact means joined, uh, crackin underscore underscore seven said big player would apply for pool I'm in your head. I love that. Thank you very much. C R I S M a G underscore 14. Gave me a wave. What's up Paul dot K D T R K T D. What's going on? What's going on? Happy to see everybody joining in joining in for another episode of the hashtag, ask a soccer pro show episode 93. I believe we're on episode 93. It'd be smarter to me. It'd be smarter to me to double-check and look in what episode were actually on before I launched the show and get straight into stuff.

Quincy Amarikwa (01:27):

But, uh, you know, um, what's, what's the fun in that? Uh, E H a R R E N 21 gave me a wave. What is up? Uh, Paul dot K T D said, I have a question. We'll drop your question in the question box or drop it in the channel, like in the feed. Um, so we can, uh, get going Tony, what's going on crack and said, you promise me football boots. When did I promise that? How did I promise that? Or is that your attempt to get me to promise that? So what does that I don't remember. Um, so as everybody's joining in and you have any questions, make sure you drop them in the question box there, as well as you know, uh, uh, many members of the perfect soccer MSL community, joining the live hangout and say what's up, drop their questions in and participate in the community.

Quincy Amarikwa (02:24):

For those of you who are tuning in for the very first time, this is the hashtag S soccer pro show. I'm your host, 12 year professional soccer player, Quincy Merrick wall, and on the show, not only do you get to ask the questions that are, are the burning, burning desire of your soccer soul, but you also get to hear us talk about the MSL, which is the mental strength league and zero five. Dropped it very well. I'm in your head gang gang, double exclamation points, um, in your head emoji. And for those of you who are unaware of the I'm in your head, emoji is the rep is a rep gang squad of the MSL army, the mental strength league, and, uh, the mental strength league is just a mentality. It's a mindset, uh, that you need to accomplish your goals. So if you're wherever you're at in the world, we've got, uh, some MSL army members that are international worldwide at whatever level in soccer, at the, you know, youth level, all the way up to the professional level, as well as parents, coaches, and everyone in between who don't play or just want to improve their lives, their mentality, their mindset you've tuned into the right place, just because it's called the hashtag a soccer pro show does not mean that it's only for pro soccer players or that we don't talk about things that go well beyond the game of soccer.

Quincy Amarikwa (03:42):

Soccer just happens to be the vehicle that brings us together. And I'm happy to go on another MSL jury journey with you today here that we have every Thursday, 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM E S T. So yeah, you're Andy joined in, Hey, Quincy, how's it going? It is going very well. How are you? Um, uh, cracking underscore 77 said, okay, you got me, you know, so just dropping lies in the chat. You guys know what it is. The three S's of self-awareness live or pool helped me out right there down in the comments. Perfect soccer three S's of self-awareness self honesty self initiative. Self-accountability that is what we practice here. That is what I preach. And, uh, that's the foundational building blocks to building a mental strength mentality. So, uh, yeah, today, today should be a good one. There's a couple of things that while I was wanting to update you guys on and review, so Darrell, uh, Darrell is currently, I think I'm not doing too well.

Quincy Amarikwa (04:53):

Well, um, unfortunately, uh, Darrell was hosting a total soccer show in the soccer Coulee ends last year after the New York. Oh, sorry. The, uh, new England revolution game. Um, I had scored that I had scored the goal from Wayne, uh, to me to tie it up at the end and got man in the match. Uh, the following day we had a, uh, what would we even call it? It was just kind of an appearance, but, and also a conversation meet and greet with the two groups. Uh, Darrell was one of the hosts on total soccer show. Uh, we had a good conversation. Great talk. Uh, they're a great group of guys. We had a lot of fun on that day. I know a lot of you, um, have caught the replay of that conversation, but, uh, yeah, just wanted to send some love Darrell's way, uh, and, uh, let them know we're thinking of him and, uh, you know, hoping, hoping the best though.

Quincy Amarikwa (05:47):

We've heard the news things aren't going too well. So if you guys haven't make sure you guys head over, uh, give them a follow, uh, give them a shout out of support and let them know that we're thinking of him. Um, so yeah. Do we want to kick it off with a terrible, sad news, but you know, we got to support our community and our, our, uh, fellow, uh, our fellow community members. So, uh, if you guys haven't make sure you go show them some love and, uh, maybe, you know, relive some good times by going and listening to the, the, um, the conversation we had there at, uh, Audi field last year, um, in other events.

Quincy Amarikwa (06:36):


Quincy Amarikwa (06:36):

Yeah. And other and other stuff. So I'll get back to you. Um, I was on the first half podcast a couple of weeks back, and that just recently got released. So if you guys haven't had a chance to check that out, that's a decent episode. I'll leave that up here. As I now start getting to some of the questions that are starting to come in here. So if you, you guys, like I said, if you guys got questions, drop them in the, in the chat box, I'll get to them, uh, as quick as I can. So most awkward thing that happened in your career, awkward. Okay. Most awkward thing. That's a good question. Making me think. Cause there's plenty of awkward moments in your career, but the most awkward as the most awkward moment, that's a hard one. Cause I guess I, I kind of embrace the awkward moments And make the best of them and just like mess around and have fun. So there's a lot of moments where there's a lot of awkward moments,

Quincy Amarikwa (07:43):

But the most awkward in your career.

Quincy Amarikwa (07:58):

Let me think through that one a little bit more and come back around. Cause um, I think that's a good one. And uh, I think that's the first, that might be the first question that I've said I have to, I'd have to think about more and come back around to you in the 93 episodes of the show Montreal impact means has, has stumped Quincy.

Quincy Amarikwa (08:25):

I think

Quincy Amarikwa (08:26):

The most awkward, I think, you know what it is, the reason why this one is stumping me is, is because most of the awkward moments are in relation to another player or a coach or, you know, something or someone on the field or in a locker room. And I've always gone about like navigating my career both on and off the field, especially doing these, these live podcasts and interviews and shows and just, you know, all of the, all of the questions that come along with playing and being in the professional world and in game,

Quincy Amarikwa (09:01):


Quincy Amarikwa (09:03):

I go about answering, being mindful of all the, the other person that was involved in that situation or at that time. Right. And I've learned over a long period of time, maybe I'm okay with admitting my own mistakes and my own shortcomings and, and where I might've got wrong or things that I've gotten wrong. Um, but not everybody is as open and willing to do that as I've learned over time. And, and many times in which when you're, you're sharing your side of the story or your personal experience, not everybody agrees with that or, or takes, maybe they take offense to it. And the, the, it creates more issues and problems for yourself in the future. So when I think about that, I'm being mindful of, um, which moments I guess, that are safe to share at this point in time that aren't the, that aren't, you know, going to cause too much of an issue for other people that,

Quincy Amarikwa (10:05):


Quincy Amarikwa (10:06):

Man, I guess, I guess if it makes you really understand how,

Quincy Amarikwa (10:13):

How much people,

Quincy Amarikwa (10:16):

How much people really use information against, uh, against you, even if it's, you know, with malice or like purposely used information against you. And I guess that's what I always share with you guys here on the show and talk to you, especially about the politics of, of us soccer. Because as I've stated in the past nine times out of 10, who, you know, and what you know is more important than how good you are at the game. And that's like, that's like a truth that a lot of people don't like hearing and they're not happy with because it should be 100% down to, are you good enough? Are you the best person, best player, male or female for the job, for the role for the game on that day, are you the best individual to help the team win? Um, that's what you'd like to believe and think that it comes down to you.

Quincy Amarikwa (11:13):

Um, but just like yellow cards, fouls, PKS with that in the box, it's all subjective. And I think that's, what's beautiful about the game of soccer, uh, both on and off the field and, you know, balancing that game as an art. And you see me here on the show, giving you guys this information and talking about it on live. It's an art, there's a skill to it, right? I like to make it look easy, but what I'm doing, isn't easy. It's difficult because you're learning stuff, you're understanding it in the moment. And then you're sharing it here, live every Thursday with the group, which means people are listening. People are watching, they're learning from it. They're taking ideas from it. Whether they want to admit it or not, they're in, they're taking the best parts are the things that worked for them. And they're applying them, um, in their own ways.

Quincy Amarikwa (11:59):

And not only are they in their own ways, sometimes in their way to try to beat you at your own game. So studying your competition. But if the competition is learning from you and they're studying you, they're studying your playbook. And, uh, if you wrote the playbook and you know how it works and you put it together and you built it, then you think we didn't account. You think we didn't account for that. You think we didn't, you think we didn't know that you're watching you'd ghost watching ghost, following ghosts, listening, go stealing. It's not go stealing when you take it. And then we ended up seeing it, you know, a week later, two weeks later, three months later, uh, we know where it came from and the MSL army is strong. And it's just a further Testament to live in, in your head. Right.

Quincy Amarikwa (12:46):

Free living in it, rent free because the rent is free. It will remain free.

Quincy Amarikwa (12:53):

It's always free hashtag re-instill free. Oh, everybody. What about the funny, awkward moment? Yeah. Well, how about that? That's my most awkward moment is when I'm singing on the lives because, uh,

Quincy Amarikwa (13:09):


Quincy Amarikwa (13:13):

Fly FBI fly. Um, cause I can't sing well, I can sing, but not very well, but you know, am I so bad that I'm good.

Quincy Amarikwa (13:29):

Let's see right here.

Quincy Amarikwa (13:33):

Uh, J S R U I Z four, um, had asked two questions, one in the chat box asking how to one game connections and then other what to do when you don't have money for Academy. Well, I think your first step is going to that link that you see bef below Ethan drop, right?

Quincy Amarikwa (13:51):

Free rent free.

Quincy Amarikwa (13:55):

I think a J S R U I Z four. I think you head over to perfect cyber And you download the three S as a self-awareness talking if you guys have already listened to it, listen to it again, because high level thinking will never go out of style. That's evergreen. Do you go, Hey, I brushed my teeth four weeks ago. I don't need to do it again today. No, you don't do that. You brush your teeth every day. So you should listen to three S's of self-awareness every single day. Even if not every single day, you should practice three S's of self-awareness every single day and just stick to it and watch your world open up. And then you'll start claiming all that free mental space that's out there. The people aren't even seen, there's all this free rent, free mental space available for you to claim. And all you got to do is just practice the three S's of self-awareness consistently and all that free mental space as yours, but you have to come and take it to come and take. And then once you take, you share the Robin hood of mental space, you take from the selfish and you give to the, the selfless. That's what we do out here.

Quincy Amarikwa (15:11):


Quincy Amarikwa (15:12):

What do you do when you don't have money for Academy? So step one, you do that kind of a purpose You listened to the replay and then you head over to perfect soccer S T M. That is perfect soccer team member, create yourself a free membership account and get access to all of our tools and resources, get access to all of the entry-level stuff that we have. There's more than enough free tools, resources, and books, and trainings available to you for your S if you sign up for your free account there. So you have no excuse other than you just don't really want it as bad as you want. You're not willing to invest the time to learn from people who've done it before and a broken it down in a simplified manner for you to download that knowledge and then have a plan of action, as well as a whole free week of be pro weekly, which is our private, uh, individual, uh, weekly at home soccer training program for beginner, intermediate, and, uh, advance.

Quincy Amarikwa (16:07):

And you get a full free week of that. And like I had mentioned last week, the perfect soccer subscription for $10 a month, which I need to build out all the pages, the sales pages and stuff for, cause I've got to upgrade that and integrate that with doesn't mean the process of doing which is a lot of work, but for 10 bucks a month, you'll get access to everything as well as skills Academy and our B pro weekly training program. But right now is $4 a week. But for $10 a month, you get the weekly program included in that you get skills Academy, which is $197 on our site. Um, and, um, yeah, all of our current and future trainings, as well as perfect soccer office hours. So you see how I'm, uh, right here live every Thursday, 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM EST going, going deep with the MSL on the Assa soccer pro show.

Quincy Amarikwa (16:55):

I get to the questions that I can in the box, but I'll be doing perfect soccer, perfect soccer hours, um, which will be private on the platform, which will be a, uh, a zoom link that those who are paid subscribers, um, at the $10 monthly level will get access to, which means, you know, I'll, I think what I'll do is I'll set aside at least 30 minutes once a week. Um, but I'll, you know, me, I'll hang out for an hour or two, if that's what's necessary to answer your specific questions, because I think a lot of you have very specific questions that are tailored to like where you're at in your cyber career, what your ambitions are, what you're struggling with. It can be players, it can be parents, it can be coaches how to connect with your kid, how to, how to connect with coaches, how to write your resume, how to negotiate contracts, how to find an agent. I mean, there's so many different aspects and things that I can't necessarily get fully in-depth on and into detail on, on the show. I like to get to you, um, you know, answering the questions as short and sweet as I possibly can here, but the perfect soccer hours with your perfect soccer subscription will get you access to that. So you'll get on the zoom chat channel, you can type in your questions and we go deep there, I'll also record all of that and give everyone access to you.

Quincy Amarikwa (18:12):

Those, those trainings,

Quincy Amarikwa (18:15):

As well as doing some like private little like one-off stuff. So adding levels to the back office and making there, you know, like I think everyone's using used to like Patrion stuff, you know, exclusive content that's unlocked sooner or other stuff that everyone else would get for free, but you know, several weeks on delay, stuff like that. And for 10 bucks, it should be a hundred bucks a month, but we're out here trying to disrupt that, that pay to play system, um, as best as we can, it will, we've been doing it, been doing it, but it also costs money to pay my, uh, employees to do all the work that we're doing to kind of bring this stuff together. So also working on trying to find sponsors for the show. So if you've got, if you're someone who wants to sponsor the perfect soccer brand themsel brand, let me know because we're ready for all of that. Um,

Quincy Amarikwa (19:08):

Oh, I was also saying so like that's $10 a month, but I was also putting together a package where if you pay for, uh, uh, and so $10 a month or 120 on a yearly, and if you buy for a hundred, so a hundred, a hundred dollars a yearly, so it'd be $120 a year if you did $10 a month, but we'll do a discount of two months free for a hundred bucks. And if you do you a hundred bucks for the yearly subscription, you get everything with the perfect soccer subscription, but you also get one item free from the perfect soccer store. So if that's amenable, which we have available in stock and for sale for five bucks for each Moneyball, and you want to get that that's that if you want to match ball, which I think is like $65 on the store, something like that, you get that you want an item in your head hat or a t-shirt or perfect soccer two in one portable soccer goal, which is more than a hundred dollars, which there you go is also saying like, wait, hold on. What, uh, any one item on the store for free, if you buy one year subscription

Quincy Amarikwa (20:07):

To the

Quincy Amarikwa (20:09):

Perfect soccer subscription. So I'll have that stuff together. If you guys are down for that, give me some like jesus' hands. If you're going to purchase or Hey, give me some jesus' hands and let me know. Are you going to go with the $10 subscription? Are you going to go with a yearly, a hundred dollars subscription? And if you go with a yearly a hundred dollars subscription, what's the free item on the store that you're going to get. Are you going to get a perfect soccer team?

Quincy Amarikwa (20:30):

Are you going to get a, Oh, I was going to look, where is it? Oh man. One of my favorite things in this, in the sock. Hold on, let me get it.

Quincy Amarikwa (20:55):

I was trying to find that couldn't find it. So I'm in your head, the I'm in your head, a hoodie. I liked that a lot. Um, that's one of my favorite ones. You can get a mental strength league hat. You get a match ball, which I don't have. Oh, the goal is back there behind me. You can get, I can make it stuff. The portable to one perfect soccer goal is will to you. So let me know, what are you going to get?

Quincy Amarikwa (21:21):

Um, uh,

Quincy Amarikwa (21:26):

Serena said the new memes on the block reference rent

Quincy Amarikwa (21:29):

Free trendsetters. Paul welcome. Um,

Quincy Amarikwa (21:36):

E H a R E N 21 S is there a perfect soccer podcast for midfielders? I mean, the perfect soccer podcast is for all players on the field, especially midfielders, um, uh, speaking of purpose soccer podcast, Paul is the host of the purpose soccer podcast. He's going, he goes every, uh, we drop a new episode every Monday when we count. We've had several men's fielders on the show. Um, Paul who's this week's guest.

Quincy Amarikwa (22:08):

Oh, I'll look that up.

Quincy Amarikwa (22:13):

Uh, J S R I R U I Z for said I got the book fam. Congratulations. What kind of, kind of knowledge have you downloaded? What did you learn that you weren't aware of beforehand? Let's see. Okay. Yeah. Midfielder shout now, midfielders, uh, junior Burgos, this week's guest on the show. And then Kevin was the week before that. And then obviously we got the show replay over, getting edited and added up. So, uh, junior Burgos, my teammate here. Oh, uh, we're teammates back with, uh, Toronto FC. What was that? Back in 2013, we didn't end up reconnecting again until I joined the Las Vegas lights. So this is my son's favorite Jersey so far. He really loves the colors and stuff of it. He wears it like a superhero costume. He just puts it on like this and he likes being a superhero, just like his dad. So we're up there for the rest of the episode. Cause we're out here being super heroes are our super powers given out free mental space, rent free space to everybody don't over duh. Oh, that's, that'd be a good one. Sabrina. We got to like reach out to Eric and see if he can make me into a superhero. It gives out rent, free space. I like fly like this, fly around, just like this. What do you guys think? Like this was just flying around like this that's when machine,

Quincy Amarikwa (23:50):

What do you, what do you guys think? So it start to just, is it, is it, are we at the point at the process, are we at step seven of the AmeriCorps process of passion, fun? Having a good time. So we're supposed to do, because I'm starting to feel free, free of a lot of the BS that's been, been holding me down for a little while, but it takes time. You gotta, you gotta work through all the BS. You guys, you gotta see the light at the end of the tunnel. And when you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, you keep digging until you create a light at the end of the tunnel. Cause they can't stop us. They can't stop us. You know it, you guys know it. Let's see what we got here. Oh, we've got a Haitian player in the, in the chat welcome. Underscore DJ E G O C a T a D

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Quincy Amarikwa (24:55):

Yeah, standing straight up flying. Yeah, exactly. Like it's like, like I'm like hovering basically. I'm just hovering. Not even do nothing other than just, just hovering around, just gobbling up all the mental space that's available. Yo, let's see, we got John Hollinger an OJI, original MSL, mentee and follower. He had, he had a, I forget which episode I gave a little bit background on John. Uh, he had, he had caught me at the soccer at the soccer convention. Was that this year or was that the year before?

Quincy Amarikwa (25:34):


Quincy Amarikwa (25:37):

I think it might've been this year. We gotta get the, uh, the vlog, the master vlog updated and finished with toad or here so I can know for sure. But um, yeah, John caught me at the, at the coaches convention. We had a good little talk. I feel like we talked for maybe an hour and a half, two hours about where he's at, what his goals are, what he's trying to accomplish, uh, being a goalkeeper, his mentality mindset, which was pretty cool. And then he, he helped me, um, just in, for the rest of the, uh, the convention, which was great. So I really appreciated that. Um, but yeah. Okay. So John's question. How do you approach speaking up without it being too aggressive or seen it seen as complaining?

Quincy Amarikwa (26:18):

I laugh when I, cause I think about I've literally tried and attacked every conceivable angle that you possibly can for figuring out how to speak up without being seen as too aggressive or complaining. And it's basically impossible because there's always someone who's just, everyone has their own idea of you, of what's right. And what's wrong. What, you know, what you don't know if you can do it, if you're, you can't like everyone has an idea and they have their own idea as to what, who you are. And you have an idea as to who you are and how you want to be seen The issue that I can see that you're coming to you with. The question that you're asking is more. So the problem is, you know, who you are, you know, you're capable of, and you know, you need an opportunity or chance. And typically the person across the table from you is not giving you the chance or opportunity because they don't understand why they should or they understand why

Quincy Amarikwa (27:22):

The, uh, they understand why they aren't. And that's a difficult spot to be in.

Quincy Amarikwa (27:31):

But that's why we talk about the MSL, the men till strength league and that we're playing a game of four dimensional chess. And here's what's most important when you know, where they stand and what they think of you, you at least now have a mental picture and understanding of who they are. And then you use the three S's of self-awareness and you create the mental digital version of yourself. And then you have the mental digital version of them. And they try to think out and project out into the future where they will be and where you will be. And then you think about what things and connections and people and experiences and, and skill sets do you need to develop? What's the knowledge you need to acquire so that as time goes on, because time will pass, whether you do anything or not Their position in your position switch, right? So you're trying to outmaneuver who they are in the future. So they're looking at you now and they see where you are and maybe they put in place mechanisms that hold you in place, where you are, where you are, right. That might mean a smack that fly right out of the air, got them. Uh, that might mean the system and their plan is working accordingly.

Quincy Amarikwa (28:53):


Quincy Amarikwa (28:57):

And that might be the system and plan that you are not happy with because it's oppressing you or holding you back or preventing you from getting the experiences with the opportunities that you want. But that's professional sports, right? Your job is to exploit the other organization system and beat them on the game on the day. Uh, same with your competition. Someone's in your starting position. Someone, maybe someone's on the team and you want to be on the team. So it's competition. So I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with it, but think about it. There's only 11 spots on the field. There's only 18 spots on the game day bench at the professional level, right? Maybe there's 26 spots on the team available, right? And each person wants that spot. And each person's trying to do what they can to get to that. Some play dirty,

Quincy Amarikwa (29:43):

But dirty

Quincy Amarikwa (29:45):

As we talked about last week is a subjective term.

Quincy Amarikwa (29:49):

And that

Quincy Amarikwa (29:50):

It's a subjective term and that's the game. Soccer is subjective. It's always changing. There's ebbs and flows. It's art. Okay. And art can be interpreted any way. And I think that's kind of the point of everything that I'm expressing, understanding that the game is art. It's 40 chess. What got you to the position here that you're winning right now won't necessarily be what gets you to the position? What might be the might be what's the reason why you're losing later and understanding that and practicing the three S's of self-awareness will help you realize those moments sooner and come up with a plan that you can execute on that continually allows you to maintain a goat mentality, because that's what the Amazon mentality is. It's Goat mentality. And that's where I are practicing. Speaking of goat mentality and practicing goat mentality,

Quincy Amarikwa (30:42):

The real ruler

Quincy Amarikwa (30:45):

Dropped in what's going on, brother. Good to see you. Um, John, I hope that gives more context, like how you approach it is, is literally the game. So you decide how you're going to approach it. That's your plan, that's your strategy. You're looking at the advantages that you currently have and maybe the disadvantage that you currently have, and that can dictate which approach you're going to use and how effective it will be. Right? Like if I'm, I have 12 years of professional experience, right? So I have a resume and uh, a lot of, I have a CV. I have film. I have, I have things to substantiate that I can do what I'm claiming, or at least I can showcase that I've done it in the past. Right? Uh, you might not have that 12 years of experience. So your approach to the conversation may have to be different than my approach, right? But if your competition is me a 12 year veteran,

Quincy Amarikwa (31:42):

Right? Well,

Quincy Amarikwa (31:44):

You have to come up with an approach that can account for or over or overcome the 12 years of experience that I can bring to the table. And we will show up at the same time. Right? So approach and which approach is correct for you is relative. And it's subjective, especially to where you're wanting to be in at what point in your career you're at. So I know a lot of the times I'm not giving like direct, just do this types of answers because that's not how it works. If you're listening to this replay three years from now, everyone might've already been listening in on these strategies and tactics, and now they've mastered them. And that's just the standard. Cause we're, we're increasing the overall IQ of the soccer market at large. It's just a process. You know, people are gonna learn because like I said, you can't stop us MSL, baby. I'm in your head.

Quincy Amarikwa (32:34):

We've been here. We've been here. We stay here. We ain't going nowhere. You can't get rid of us because we're in your head

Quincy Amarikwa (32:44):

And the rent's free. And it's going to take a lot for you to try to give us something that makes us not want to be in your head, rent free because of the rent is free.

Quincy Amarikwa (32:51):

You know what I mean? Good question, John,

Quincy Amarikwa (32:56):

Yo, you gotta spend, spend that heart button. If you picking up what I'm putting down today, you know what I mean? Cause today is a good one. This one's a lot of NSL, upgraded knowledge being shared. The interesting to see where we end up as a result of this,

Quincy Amarikwa (33:13):

How we do this, how we do it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. So this came through

Quincy Amarikwa (33:24):

Goal score challenge, um, over on Twitter at goal score. I can't see this whole thing. He said, this is a, this sensational goal by Quincy and quad San Jose earthquakes in 2016 is probably the best trip chip I'd never seen before making this thread. So, um, uh, he had tagged me over on Twitter. He's been making like this real mass massive master thread of like best chips of all time in the game of soccer. And then I think like skips, uh, chips, scoops, and other, and had tagged me and said, he'd never seen the chip before making that thread. So thanks. Thanks. Goalscorer challenge

Quincy Amarikwa (34:02):

For doing some research, doing some research and puffs in that stuff on Twitter and tagging me welcome to the MSL and the perfect soccer community. Um,

Quincy Amarikwa (34:22):

McNasty 2002 said flying into your mental space,

Quincy Amarikwa (34:25):

Free superhero.

Quincy Amarikwa (34:33):

I'll spam it up, seeing the spam of the heart button coming in. It's just increasing my superhero strength and power.

Quincy Amarikwa (34:41):

Hello? Oh, um, okay. Let's see. We'll go here.

Quincy Amarikwa (35:06):

Slap that out of the air, but he came back to life. Let's see, we got here. Uh,

Quincy Amarikwa (35:12):

Mohammed, D I B R a

Quincy Amarikwa (35:14):

11 as I just read are just recorded. Uh, I'm assuming recovered. I just recovered from ACL injury. It took me a year to recover and I play right back, uh, and center defensive, mid, mid Amie. Amy advice for me. Sure. You're saying any advice for me?

Quincy Amarikwa (35:31):

Well, what if

Quincy Amarikwa (35:33):

You tore your ACL and it's been a year until you got back? I would assume that you've at least done enough work with your physical therapist and got back into, in, in shape and didn't rush back your recovery so that you can, uh, do what you need to, to make sure you're preventing future injury. Um, my question would be was your ACL injury from a contact injury or was it a non-contact injury? The reason why I say that is, you know, if it's a contact injury, the approach is a little bit different than if it's non-contact, if it's, non-contact, it's really understanding and breaking down why and how you, the injury occurred, where

Quincy Amarikwa (36:08):

Was your, um, where your quads and hamstrings and where you went,

Quincy Amarikwa (36:13):

Muscularly, deficient, like, were you not doing enough work to maintain

Quincy Amarikwa (36:18):

The, um, you know,

Quincy Amarikwa (36:20):

Maintain your strength, you know, doing your pliers, doing your, uh, your weight training exercises, you know, all that kind of stuff where you out of shape and you're, you're doing a bit, what you should have been, or did you just kind of get in a compromised position? Uh, similar to me back in, I wanna say it was that 2017 when I tore my ACL LCL, bicep, remoras, popliteal tendon, and it band all in the same play, but my leg was planted and the goalkeeper came flying through my knee. So that's why I asked because the recovery process is different for everybody. But my main, my main points of advice is if and whenever you're injured, um, always take too much time then coming back too early,

Quincy Amarikwa (37:03):

Um, for multiple

Quincy Amarikwa (37:05):

Reasons, one, you know, at the end of the day, we love the game and it's fun, but it's just a game it's not worth, uh, ruining your future health,

Quincy Amarikwa (37:14):


Quincy Amarikwa (37:15):

You know, just to play in a game. And I think that can be very difficult because you know, it can be very difficult to see past just today and just pass this game and your desire and wanting to play so badly. But mostly in most cases, there's always gonna be another game. There's always gonna be another opportunity and there'll be less games and less opportunities. If when you do get injured, you rush back too soon and too

Quincy Amarikwa (37:37):

Early, and

Quincy Amarikwa (37:40):

You don't want the reason why your career ends earlier. You don't have any more opportunities or people don't give you any more chances. Um, B you don't want the reason for that to be because you were asked if you were good and you're healthy and you can come back and play. And you said, yes, when that wasn't true, or you said yes, a week before you should have, or two weeks before, or a few days before which now we ended up in you reinjuring or getting injured again, I think that's an issue that a lot of young players get into, um, cause they let their desire and their willingness and their wanting to play.

Quincy Amarikwa (38:10):

Do you to overcome the

Quincy Amarikwa (38:14):

Big picture of like wanting to have a 12, 15, 20 year career? If you're trying to think of it from that perspective, you think of it like that. You know, though, missing this one game here or this practice or a month of practice might be difficult or hard is that's, what's necessary for you to do get yourself healthy and be ready to go. So you can have that long career veterans, people who've been around the block a long time, figured that out and dialed in on that. So if you want to be around for a long time, you need to do the same.

Quincy Amarikwa (38:53):

Let's see

Quincy Amarikwa (38:53):

The foot Baltista 22 said, who would you say you had the most beef on the field, but a great relationship off the pitch. Ooh, there we go. There we go. That is a good question. Most beef on the field, basically all of my teammates, all my teammates always. So let's say Chris wanted to Lasky, right? Like if we're not on the same team we can, we're going to fight each other and a punch him in the face. He's going to try to punch me in the face. Same Shay Salinas. He didn't try to punch me. I'll punch him. But as soon as we're off the field we're boys, or I like to think that we're boys, you got to ask them if they think we're boys off the field, but those would be some guys, uh, uh, you know, Ross, Lebow, Stuart, SAIS, Joseph [inaudible], uh, Andre Akbar. And I'm just thinking all my teammates, Danny who's in Varco, Jamir. Yeah. I'm just thinking all my teammates, uh, builds a Mead, uh, Earl, uh, Earl Edwards, blue Cho, uh, Wayne,

Quincy Amarikwa (40:11):

Uh, sites.

Quincy Amarikwa (40:16):

I'm thinking all my teammates at some point in time, if you're a good teammate, if you're trying to be the best teammate of all time,

Quincy Amarikwa (40:23):

You're going to

Quincy Amarikwa (40:27):

Yeah. In potentially unify with every single teammate that you've ever had because you, you, like I said, you, if you get to know your teammates and you know who they are, you learn who they are, which means what makes them mad. What makes them happy? And if you know how to make them mad and you're verse each other on the field on the day, and they're your enemy, because they're not your teammate. You're trying to win. You're tapping into doing whatever you need to do to beat them because that's what professional sports is. So if you're not getting your teammates to a point where they're angry with you at some point in time where they want to fight you at some point in time, then you don't care about your teammate and that your teammate, teammate doesn't care about you. That's how I look at it. Doesn't mean you have to fight. It doesn't mean you're going out there to fight them. It's saying you care enough to be able to be willing, to fight your teammate. If you don't care enough, to be willing to fight your teammate. And then you don't really care about your teammate. That's how I see it. That's how I look at it. And

Quincy Amarikwa (41:22):

For the

Quincy Amarikwa (41:23):

Most part, at some point in time, I've pissed my teammate off to the point where they would want to find me. They want to hit me. They want to slap me for sure. So you can ask any one of my teammates. Did you know that that's good out of all the teammates I've had, I've had hundreds of teammates go and ask all of them. When was the time where Quincy pissed you off and you wanted to hit him, he thought about hitting him. Uh, that'd be good. That'd be, that'd be a long series. Maybe I'll do that. Maybe I'll do that. I'll just go read all my LT mates and tell them to tell me, tell me a story of when I'm I pissed you off and you wanted to hit me. You thought of hitting me. You tried to hit me. Or he came after me on the field to hurt me or injure me.

Quincy Amarikwa (41:59):

Tell me the story, what I do, what I say, what happened? That'd be a good one. Even, even players that aren't my teammates, two players I've played against. I love that. I think I joined a, um, called, uh, Dunkin's live. Uh, I mean, what was that like two weeks ago? Uh, unfortunately he didn't, he didn't post the live to his page, cause that would have been, I'd have been happy to reshare that, but that was a fun conversation. Like I've never been on the same team as Kyle, but I played against him when we played red, New York rebels last year. And that was a fun, interesting experience. And we got to catch up a little bit about it at the local, um, at the local grand opening of the us soccer foundation, dual pitch and for BPC in partnership with, uh, with, uh, New York rebels. So yeah, if you guys aren't following him and paying attention to what he's got going on and what's, uh, his, his career makes sure you guys are giving him a follow and uh, dropping him some I'm in your head emojis, let him know the MSL army supports him. But yeah, that would be the most beef on the field. Great relationship off the pitch, all my teammates.

Quincy Amarikwa (43:13):

Um, let's see what we got here. Okay.

Quincy Amarikwa (43:17):

And we got like five more minutes before Instagram

Quincy Amarikwa (43:20):

Kicks me off here.

Quincy Amarikwa (43:23):

So if you've got some questions, make sure you're throwing them in.

Quincy Amarikwa (43:29):

So S E a N

Quincy Amarikwa (43:31):

P U T T asked, what is it like playing during COVID the COVID uh, was it harder to get back into shape? I'd say this one was really interesting cause I was in the middle of my free agency year and in the middle of conversations or what would be conversations to see if there's an organization that you'd be joining with at the MLS level, there's a whole process to how that kind of all works. Um, you know, but I think COVID threw a huge wrench into a lot of stuff which threw many teams into uncertainty as to like, are we even having a season? If so, what does it look like? We don't want to commit to people beyond this year. Uh, do we need to reevaluate and reassess our whole entire thinking of stuff? We need to go younger. We need to, you know, everyone, I think everyone's looking at COVID as a complete hard reset to reevaluate what it is they've been doing and what they want to do and how they'll pivot to survive here, moving forward in this new economy.

Quincy Amarikwa (44:27):

Right. Uh, so from that perspective, it was, it was difficult because trying to figure out what was going to happen was basically impossible. But that's why I, I really read, set my focus on the BPC and, you know, the guys that brought me in to help organize and bring stuff together. So we could kind of figure out what it is that we were wanting to do as a, as a black player pool. And, uh, that's where I've kind of been dedicating all my energy and focus for a majority of, of COVID. So I think, um, I think Serena just actually helped me get a post to kind of update you guys on, you know, the us soccer foundation deal that I've mentioned on the show, but I've just been kind of neglecting my own personal, uh, social media accounts in my newsletter and the, uh, like the perfect soccer team and all of that as I've been just, you know, tying a bow on a lot of those projects and initiatives that have been in play.

Quincy Amarikwa (45:27):

Uh, so, so that's what it was like for me, it's like in what I talked about with the MSL mentality mindset all the time, it's like, Hey, we're here to thrive in uncertainty and chaos. And there's a lot of unpredictable stuff that can happen, but we're prepared for things that you can't prepare for. Uh, one of those things was, was it hard to get back into shape for soccer? I would say yes and no. Uh, I adjusted how I was approaching my off season this past year and I was in really, really good shape and would have been ready to go for, you know, an MLS pre-season. Um, but then obviously COVID and all that came about, and then I had to adjust to more of a, an endurance type of program. So I basically was going for like seven months and I talked about it on the show here, you know, doing my, my run three days a week and then body weight stuff to maintain a level to be two weeks out from being game fit at any point in time.

Quincy Amarikwa (46:30):

So as you may or may not know, I ended up signing with Las Vegas lights for the last couple of games of the season, so I could, you know, make sure I'm, uh, getting some games and, and, uh, you're trying to get back into the swing of things. And the one thing that I do know that I was two weeks out from being game fit, but the seven months, basically, or eight months of preparing that way, made it difficult to, to dial in on the, like on the strength, the strength side of the game that, um, I'm used to having. So it was good from an endurance standpoint, but my power wasn't at the level that I'm used to. So that was, that was kind of, that was an adjustment, but I I've, you know, since having this experience, I know what I need to correct and how to adjust for that. Um, so it was harder to get back in explosive shape, but it wasn't harder to be in endurance shape when I eventually joined Las Vegas. So I kind of went on a kind of a wave rant right there, but basically that's what COVID did. So like more so what was the focus off the field, but also remaining prepared for if and when an on the field opportunity,

Quincy Amarikwa (47:44):

Um, arose. Um,

Quincy Amarikwa (47:49):

Let's see what we got here. E H a R R E N 21 as how to stay motivated while getting, getting through, getting fit during quarantine. I think coming up with a reason why you're doing it to be greater than the reason why you'll stop. So for some people that, that might be wanting to have a professional contract one day for others, that might be, you know, to make money, to put food on the table, to help their family, uh, that could be, you know, your, your kids, your future kids, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your husband, your, you know, your grandma or your grandpa, whatever is a big enough reason for you in those difficult moments. Because you're going to have a lot of difficult moments to go.

Quincy Amarikwa (48:38):

The reason why I'm doing this is greater than the weak reason why I'll stop right now. So you figure out whatever that is for you. And that's, that's how you motivate yourself during those difficult times. And by motivate, I almost mean just that's how you get through it because you're not always going to have motivation, motivation runs out. And when motivation runs out, what's left and that's desire, right? And the desire to not disappoint the desire to not fail the desire, to have more of the desire, to be more, whatever that is, that's the desire is driven by a why, what is your why? And make sure your why, the reason why you're doing it is bigger than the reason why you'll quit right now.

Quincy Amarikwa (49:20):

Um, but yeah, I like,

Quincy Amarikwa (49:26):

I like that. I like that question. That was a great question to wrap it up and kind of pull it all together here. I'm seeing everybody spamming that hard button. Cause they're liking that, uh, Dylan dropped in what's up, Dylan. Good to see you. Um, how's your training going? Um, Eli, E L I dot G I S H said with the MSL, you don't need any motivation, love that. It's an MSL Mintel to do.

Quincy Amarikwa (49:54):


Quincy Amarikwa (49:55):

Sage DBZ said, Quincy, I try to score every game. It was good. I hope, I hope the goal is not to try not to score it. I don't think you'd want to try not to score. And I love that everyone spam that heart button. Okay. But I can never get an assist. Her goal is cause you're doing too much. That's what they call it. That's what you say when you're doing too much. You're too focused on trying to make it happen instead of

Quincy Amarikwa (50:20):

Letting it happen. Yeah.

Quincy Amarikwa (50:25):

Um, I think I was working with, um, who's

Quincy Amarikwa (50:28):

That working with Cameron,

Quincy Amarikwa (50:30):

Which teammate? Um, I was working with specifically

Quincy Amarikwa (50:34):

And um, Oh, who was it?

Quincy Amarikwa (50:40):

Oh, Seth. So Seth with Las Vegas lights. Right. He'd never scored a goal in his professional career. And that's what we talked about when I first joined the team and what I'm telling you, Hey, you're doing too much. What is the problem? The problem is when he's getting into a goal scoring opportunity, he's thinking about all the times he's been in the goal scoring opportunity before and what happened and what happened then is he missed the goal. He didn't score it. Didn't go in. So as he's getting into those opportunities and moments on the field, you're now thinking, Oh man, what's going to happen is what's always happened. And because that's what you're thinking, you slow down and because you slow down relative to everybody else, they can see what you're going to do. If people can see what you're going to do, what does that mean? You're predictable. If you're predictable, it's easy to always be in the right spot to save your, to save your shot, to save your attempt on goal. So if you understand that and you recognize that now your focus needs to be on

Quincy Amarikwa (51:38):


Quincy Amarikwa (51:40):

About all the stuff that you did in the past, that didn't work or that didn't work out because this moment, this opportunity in front of you is it is your chance to make it

Quincy Amarikwa (51:48):

To be completely different. Right.

Quincy Amarikwa (51:53):

And that's how you, that's where you need to start. And I say all that because Seth went, we, he started working on that, started doing some, uh, finishing after training, uh, uh, yeah. Started doing additional work. After training worked on his finishing, started doing less.

Quincy Amarikwa (52:09):

Right. And

Quincy Amarikwa (52:11):

You'll see the, reshared it on my Twitter. He scored his first school in the LA galaxy two game that we played in. I assisted his, his first school. And you can see how excited he was the scores for school. Cause you could tell us a huge weight off his shoulders and he'd been putting in a lot of work and uh, to make that happen. So

Quincy Amarikwa (52:30):


Quincy Amarikwa (52:32):

That would be my advice. Uh, but everybody thanks so much for joining in for today's episode. I'm uh, I'm glad we got to hang out, spend a little bit of time and, and see and hear what you guys are up to you and answer some questions. Uh, like I said, go live every Thursday, 6:00 PM. PST 9:00 PM EST. If you guys haven't already make sure you go and check out purpose, cyber, uh, send us in a, a DM or drop a comment, letting us know. Um, what do you think of the perfect soccer subscription if you'd be signing up, um, and any other ideas, books, trainings, resources, you feel that we could, um, we could provide you guys. Cause that's where we're, that's where we're at. That's what we're dealing with. That's what's going on. So everybody, thanks again for joining in this week. I appreciate you tuning in. I'll see everybody here, same time, same place. And as always, I mean, you had later.