Player Logs: Mark Lavery Checks In (Again)
Mark Lavery is an attendee of multiple SoccerViza combines, and a professional player formerly with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the United States, Hamar in Iceland, and currently with Juventud Escazuceña in Costa Rica. Mark checks in occasionally to provide updates on life in the Costa Rican game.

By Mark Lavery

SoccerViza Family,

A lot has happened since my last post - good and bad.  I’ll start with the bad.  Unfortunately I have not been cleared to play in any official games yet.  I’m waiting on the Costa Rican government to get me my work permit which I have to have in order to play.  I’ve missed the first seven games of the season (there’s only eighteen total).  On the plus side, my team is assuring me that I should have it this week or next week at the latest.  Hopefully that’s the case because I’m dying to play in some official games and contribute to the team. 

It’s tough to train everyday knowing that there is no chance I’ll be able to play in the game on the weekend.  That being said, it’s my job to maintain a positive attitude and continue to give one hundred percent everyday… not only for myself, but for my team as well.  You don’t have to be the “star” of the team, a starter, or even playing in games in order to be a leader.  That’s what I keep reminding myself.  I need to constantly be the example for my teammates.

As for the good, my wife finally finished some of her work in the USA and was able to move down to Costa Rica.  We got an apartment in a great area that we’re both really happy in.  I also started a Youtube channel for soccer coaching (Spila Soccer)… it’s been great because I enjoy teaching/coaching, but I’m also learning a lot about editing and filming.  I figured filming and editing would be great skills to know considering it will make editing film from games much easier! 

Luckily for me my team played in a mid week scrimmage against Alajuela.  Alajuela is one of the biggest teams in Costa Rica.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to get any playing time at all because the coach isn’t used to having me available as an option, but I was blessed to get to play the full ninety.  It was an amazing experience playing against one of the biggest clubs in the country at their stadium!

(Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto)

(Avenida Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica)

Remember guys, there’s always room to improve.  The game has so many ups and downs it’s sometimes unbelievable.  Keep your faith, drive, and ultimately believe in yourselves.  As for me, I’ll check back in soon…hopefully with work permit in tow!