Day 2: My first day of training and meeting the other newcomers of the academy was relatively interesting. One thing to note was that breakfast was flat out terrible; warm milk with shitty cereal and a piece of fruit were not exactly what I would call an “elite athlete’s diet”. I would be quite happy to know that we would have the identical meal every morning for 6 months. After arriving at the training session, I met Jose, the only Spanish academy player, and Austin Garret, a player who comes from San Diego, just south of my home, San Francisco. Playing the first hour of training with my new team was incredibly difficult, mostly due to the fact that I hadn’t played soccer for more than a month and in general had done little to no running or working out over break. I was still surprised to find out that I was probably the best player in our 5 person session. I believe there will be more players to come that will outshine me though. Austin and I grew tight from the moment we talked after the session. He and I had a similar sense of humor, and he was up to date with all the slang and social media California kids are entertained by. We talk to each other about much of the same things and have many of the same experiences. The rest of the day was uneventful, but fine, with lunch and dinner being better than breakfast to say the least.