As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had the original Landon Donovan audio clip on my digital recorder when I was out at training on Tuesday. I played it for Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch and Preki. I wondered how they'd react, if they'd react at all.
Perhaps the most telling reaction was not in what they said - at least Marsch and Preki - but how they looked. Marsch had just finished talking to myself and another reporter for about six minutes but then when he walked away I asked him if he'd listen to the clip and he agreed. Once it was over, he just sort of looked down either at his feet or the ground below him. Maybe he was trying to compose himself and not say the wrong thing or maybe he felt as if he'd rather talk about anything but this. Whatever the case, he answered my questions.
After Marsch, I waited for Preki to finish whatever he was doing on the field. He walked over, I shook his hand and then I told him that I'd like to play what Landon said about him and get his reaction about it. Part of me felt as if he would decline the whole thing and not listen to it but he did. The first question - it didn't record my question - was something along the lines of "Landon took a shot at your manhood. How do you react?" He kept looking down as well and he took some time to answer. It sounds like it's just dead air in points but he was looking for words to respond; he wasn't just starting blankly at me.
Here's audio from Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan. They really didn't have a whole lot to say, which isn't surprising from Guzan anyway. He's always been able to choose his words wisely.