The Mentality of an Amazing Goal

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Portland Timbers midfielder and captain Jack Jewsbury tied the score last weekend with this incredible volley. Here’s what was going through his mind:

“It’s just one of those where [the ball] just pops up in the air, and I’m trying to concentrate as much as I can as it falls down and make solid contact,” Jewsbury said of his 79th-minute savior. “Sometimes on the easier, clear-cut chances the more you think [the worse you strike the ball]. And when you just react and let your instincts take over, sometimes they do [go in].”

Good point about letting your instincts take over vs thinking too long. Focusing on the ball and your technique is the best way to block out negative thoughts and other distractions.

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