Posted by: landontimothy | April 5, 2011


My thought for this post was to give you guys a little bit of a closer look inside the soccer world and help you understand what goes through our minds as professional athletes.  While this is based around soccer, it is likely applicable for most sports and their athletes.  I opened it up to your guys’ suggestions and you all impressed me once again with your thoughtful questions.  Here is a great tweet I received:


1.)  @johanSF3 said “Talk about your motivation (who and what) and how you recoup mentally and emotionally after a hard loss.”

This is a great question.  Motivation is a tricky thing.  I think it’s safe to say that, no matter how much you love your job, there are days where you just really don’t want to be working.  In sports, this is particularly true when things aren’t going well.  Our profession is more results-oriented than just about any other profession on earth and that puts heavy pressure on athletes and coaches.  We can all accept losing because it’s a part of what we do but there are certain losses that really sting for one reason or another.  Sometimes waking up and driving to the stadium seems like a miserable proposition.  After a tough loss, it’s hard to look your teammates and coaches in the eye, especially when you are the captain of a team.  The funny thing about a team sport is that you can prepare properly, work as hard as you can, play your best game and still end up losing.  Those moments are still somewhat bearable because you can look yourself in the mirror and be proud of your individual effort.  The moments that eat at you forever are the big games where you didn’t prepare properly, didn’t work hard enough, didn’t play well.  For me, that happened in the 2006 World Cup.  The team played poorly, I was awful and I was embarrassed by what happened.  I just couldn’t get motivated to play and I had trouble figuring out why.  The 2 weeks after the World Cup were incredibly difficult for me and I fell into a period of depression.  One morning I woke up and realized that I had 2 choices:  Allow what had happened to ruin the rest of my career OR learn from it and become a better person/player.  Now, it’s easy to say that to yourself but it’s an entirely different thing to actually do it.  It’s been over 4 years since that day and, although I’ve made progress, I’m still not exactly where I want to be.  But that’s not the point.  The point is to make the effort, have the awareness, continue learning and try to get better.

One last thing on motivation.  I used to look outside myself for motivation.  I would think about someone special in my life.  Maybe a song would inspire me on a given day.  Perhaps a coach would say something that got me fired up.  But I realized that all of that was beyond my control.  There are only so many truly special people in my life and I couldn’t keep going to that well over and over because it stopped working.  The same held true with inspirational music.  And what if the coach didn’t have anything insightful or motivating to say???  I was screwed.  I wanted something more, something real that I could depend on.  I was blessed to be given a wonderful book by my ex-wife entitled “Letters to a Young Poet” and one sentence really hit home when it came to motivation:

“You could greatly interfere with the process if you look outward and expect to obtain answers from the outside—answers which only your innermost feeling in your quietest hour can perhaps give you.”

I believe that we all have the answers inside us but we fail to trust ourselves and merely listen to what our soul is trying to tell us.  When I listen to my heart I am never wrong.  And that’s how I stay motivated.


Until next time,






Posted by: landontimothy | March 2, 2011

In time of need

I had no intention of writing another blog so quickly.  In fact, I thought it would be at least a few weeks before I could get myself to sit and type this much again.

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to go the Super Bowl in Dallas.  While there, I met a wonderful woman (we’ll call her Robin incase she hates this post!) who works for a company that has long supported me.  She is relatively new with this company and I was eager to finally meet her.  I had heard a lot of great things about her but didn’t want to get my hopes up (CEO-types are often less impressive than what you might expect.)  Simply put, I was blown away by her.  She is the kind of person that makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the room…..we’ve all been in the presence of someone like Robin.  Her and her husband were magnetic together and I knew I really liked her when I went to bed one night at 2:00am and she was still in the lounge singing karaoke with the other athletes and employees (I know, I’m a grandpa).

It just so happens that this woman is from a town you might have become familiar with lately; Christchurch, New Zealand.  For those of you that haven’t watched the news in a few weeks, Christchurch was hit with a devastating earthquake on February 22nd.  There have been numerous deaths and horrible damage to homes, buildings, etc.  As I know all too well, earthquakes aren’t always this impactful but to a town like Christchurch, they can be life-changing.  As Robin explained, “this is our Katrina.”  Many of you might be thinking “Well, there are disasters happening all over the world every day, there are people dying everywhere, why pick this one to write about?”  Let me explain:

When I was 15 years old, I started playing with the Under 17 National Team.  It was one of the best times of my life.  We made trips all over the world, played games, practiced together, lived together and really formed a band of brothers.  We qualified for the U-17 World Championships in the early part of 1999 and in November, we went to the World Championships in a country we would have never had the opportunity to visit otherwise; yep, New Zealand.   Upon arrival, I was immediately taken aback by the love and hospitality we were shown.   The people were friendly and real and treated us like family.  The country was beautiful, we had our loved ones with us and it was an experience that helped shape me as a man.  Our team advanced further than any US youth team ever has…..something we are all still very proud of to this day.  We played games in both Auckland and Christchurch and both of those cities became very dear to my heart.  This was truly the beginning of my soccer career and I am forever indebted to that wonderful country.

Needless to say, last week’s news hit me harder than the average American.  Now, I don’t believe in coincidence.  I believe life is happening the way it is supposed to.  I know Robin came into my life at this time for a purpose.  I wasn’t sure what the purpose was when I first met her but now I know.  As “celebrities,” we have an amazing platform to make real change in the world.  I take that responsibility very seriously and I try not to take advantage of it.  Over the past couple years, I have spent countless hours reading what many of my fans have to say about different things and I really believe that soccer fans are as passionate and caring as anybody in the world.  There’s something very special about people who love this sport the way I do.  Robin and Christchurch, NZ have touched me in a very real way and I want to repay them.  I’m asking you all for your help.  If you find some spare change in the sofa, have an extra dollar in your wallet that you can spare, please send it…every little bit helps. You can donate at

And if this cause isn’t close to your heart, find something that is and give a little to those that need it a lot more than we do.

On behalf of myself and many New Zealanders, thank you


Posted by: landontimothy | February 28, 2011


Hey guys, before I begin, I can’t tell you how liberating it was to write this.  It was simple and probably boring to most of you but it was a lot of fun for me.  As many of you are learning, I’m pretty opinionated about certain things and this will give me a chance to help explain some of the things I randomly tweet/talk about.  I don’t claim to be a good writer and I know many of you won’t care about what I have to say.  That’s not the point.  This is a way to open up dialogue between all of us and, in the process, allow me to get things off my chest.  Thanks for reading and let’s hope I don’t get myself into too much trouble (my PR team is probably having a heart attack right now)…..

I’m dedicating my first blog (does anyone else hate that word.  Where did it come from anyways?) to the beautiful state I was born and raised in.  I was walking along the beach with 2 of my dogs this morning and I couldn’t help but smile at the realization that Californians are so incredibly spoiled.  It was 60 degrees out with perfect sunshine, I could see Catalina Island to my left and Malibu to my right.  People were running in shorts and t-shirts, playing volleyball, swimming in the ocean and I couldn’t find anybody that didn’t seem genuinely happy to be alive.

There’s a reason why people come here for vacation and end up never leaving.  Where else in the world can you surf in the morning, ski in the afternoon and go to the Oscars that same night? (How many of you are wondering if that’s what I did today?  None?  Cool.)  I often hear people who have moved here say how much they “miss the seasons.”  Ummmmm, how are “the seasons” treating you right now Seattle?!?!?  For the record, the sky looks like this 270 days a year:

For those of you that live here, take a moment every once in a while to realize what we have.  I have traveled all over the world and I can’t find another place quite like this.  Call me pompous, call me spoiled, call me a jerk, call me a hater.  Just make sure you always call me a proud Californian.

Let the anti-Californian rhetoric begin!  (Your governor was an actor, blah blah blah)




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